Festival of the Book schedule firmed up

Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Culture

Festival of the Book schedule firmed up

PORTLAND – This year’s Maine Festival of the Book, which will be held in Portland from March 29 – April 1, is presented by the literacy nonprofit Maine Reads, but includes many collaborative efforts with other literacy and literary organizations.  Many of the festival’s programs fall outside the realm of the usual genres and include unique presentations and performances. Most events are free and un-ticketed; refer to the list of programming below or visit www.mainereads.org for a more detailed list of programs.

The diverse schedule of events will open on Thursday, March 29th at 7 pm with a lecture by John Cole, the Founding Director of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, which will be held in the Glickman Family Library and the University of Southern Maine.  The program is presented in conjunction with the Maine Humanities Council and the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts at USM.

Opening Night, Friday, March 30 at the Abromson Center at USM features an illustrated talk by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic. This is the festival’s only ticketed event.  Tickets range from $5 to $25 pp,  benefit  Maine Reads, and are available at mainereads.org.

Saturday’s programs will run from 9 am – 5 pm in the Abromson Center at USM in Portland and are free.  They will feature talks and workshops with non-fiction writers, poets, and novelists, along with children and young adult authors and illustrators. 

Included in Saturday’s presenters are Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, who will discuss their love of cooking, books and book clubs that led to the publication of their three cookbooks: The Book Club Cookbook, The Kids’ Book Club Book, and Table of Contents at 3 pm.  Michael Maglaras, filmmaker and founder of 217 Films, will debut the company’s new documentary on illustrator, and printmaker Lynd Ward, along with the artist’s daughter, Robin Ward Savage at 5 pm in Hannaford Hall.

Saturday collaborations include a program presented in conjunction with Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (MWPA), the how-to’s of reading contemporary poetry will be discussed by poets Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Poetry Editor of Maine magazine and author of the collection Death of a Ventriloquist, Arielle Greenberg, editor of The Black Clock and author of My Kafka Century and Given, and Steve Lutrell, founding editor of The Café Review and author of Twelve Moons, Twelve Poems. MWPA also collaborates on the Booksigning Bonanza from noon to 2 pm at the Abromson Center.  Among Saturday’s children’s programs is a bookmaking session for kids at 10 am at the Abromson Center, which is presented by the nonprofit The Telling Room

The Festival’s Annual Poetry party, a free event presented  by Maine Reads and  the nonprofit  Port Veritas, will feature poetry slams, Poetry-Out-Loud,  libations and music, and will be held in downtown Portland at Local Sprouts at 469 Congress Street at 7 pm.

On Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm, join book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, writers at the Book Arts Bazaar at the Wishcamper Center at USM, which is presented by the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts and USM.

At 7 pm Sunday evening, Portland Stage Affiliate Artists will present a dramatic reading of selections Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea by Morgan Callan Rogers, at the Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Avenue.  Rogers will also be presenting on Saturday at 1:30 pm at the Abromson Center, together with novelist Tupelo Hassman,  in a program entitled “Coming of Age on the Wrong Side of the Tracks.”

The festival is presented by the nonprofit Maine Reads. Dedicated to the fight for a more literate Maine, Maine Reads provides meaningful programs that celebrate Maine’s rich literacy heritage and encourage literacy and collaboration. In addition to the Maine Festival of the Book, Maine Reads presents Read With ME., which distributes books to kindergartners statewide, and the Maine Reads Community Literacy Project, which supports libraries statewide.  Maine Reads is a 501c3 non-profit.  For more information, please visit www.mainereads.org or call (207) 871-9100.

blog comments powered by Disqus