Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library

Back to school for grownups
Tue, 09/10/2019 - 11:30am

If you are from New England you know one inseparable feeling that fall brings: the thrill (or dread) of back to school. For those of us whose school days are in the rear view, that’s where BHML comes in: lifelong learning opportunities, minus the homework, minus the cliques. So mark your calendars, and read the syllabus below. All classes meet at the indicated time on the first floor of the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. Don’t be late! Ok, fine, you can be late, but seating is limited.

Author Talk | Ed Rice: "Baseball's First Indian: The Story of Penobscot Legend Louis SockalexisWednesday, Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m.

Exploring the brilliant but too-brief major league career of the “Deerfoot of the Diamond,” Baseball's first Indian follows Sockalexis's rise to the majors, his fall to the minor leagues of New England, and his final return to the reservation in Maine. Author Ed Rice grew up in Bangor, Maine, and has been an arts critic for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Maine Times, and Maine Public Broadcasting System’s “Maine Things Considered.”

Author Talk | Christy Day: "Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way On El CaminoWednesday, Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m.

Christy Day grew up as a Wyoming ranch girl who migrated to the East Coast and is now firmly rooted in New Hampshire. Day walked El Camino de Santiago de Compostela when she was 66 years old. Her book: “Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way on El Camino” is about what she experienced during this 500-mile Pilgrimage across northern Spain.

The Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination Friday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m.

Join John Dieffenbacher-Krall, chair of the Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations and former executive director of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, for a talk on the Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination, its effects on the Wabanaki and other Original Peoples worldwide, and a reevaluation of Columbus’ voyages to the Caribbean. The Doctrine has formed the legal basis for taking of Wabanaki land and most lands inhabited by the Original Peoples of the Americas (and Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand).

Author Talk | Lee Swanson: “No Man’s Chattel” Wednesday, Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m.

Meet author Lee Swanson and hear excerpts from his historical fiction novel “No Man’s Chattel.” Lee will also discuss the role of women in 14th century western Europe and how his character, Christina Kohl, transcends the narrow boundaries placed on her gender by the medieval Church, society, and the law. Swanson holds a master’s degree in European history from the University of North Florida.

Author Talk | Dr. Judy Stone: “Resilience: One Family's Story of Hope and Triumph over Evil” Saturday Oct. 5, 2 p.m.

Dr. Judy Stone, the daughter of Hungarian survivors of Auschwitz and Dachau, tells the story of her family's strength and resilience during some of the most horrific events of the twentieth century. Join her as she learns how they survived and rebuilt their lives, focusing on hope and the good people they found. Her book not only provides testimony about the horrors of the Holocaust but also offers a connection to the rich heritage of Jewish life in Europe that has been largely lost.

Author Talk | Anne Britting Oleson: “Tapiser” Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

In this novel of fiction, Emily Harris returns to her hometown, where she renews her relationship with her exotic grandmother Eleanor. Eleanor, arch and secretive, has a passion she wishes to imbue in Emily --- but Eleanor dies before the mystery is revealed in full. Author Anne Britting Oleson lives in central Maine. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks and three novels.

What's Hot, What's Not (In Antiques & Collectibles), Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.

Wait, there’s contemporary trends in antiques? Join Richard Plunkett “The Wizard of Odds and Ends” and find out what’s trending in the purchase and sales of antiques and collectibles. Bring your questions!

Author Talk | May Davidson: “Whatever It Takes” Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.

May Davidson was born in 1929 in Damariscotta. She married her teenage sweetheart, James. Determined to stay in Maine, Davidson and her husband of 68 years experimented with several entrepreneurial endeavors — from creating a lobster trap building facility to raising purebred sheep — before finding worldwide success with the design of the iconic Maine Buoy Bell. Today, she lives in Whitefield, Maine, and is known for her column in the Lincoln County News. Her book, “Whatever It Takes,” chronicles the life she and her husband shared and their relentless drive to do “whatever it takes” to achieve success and happiness.