Author, shared living advocate speaks

May 16, 2014
Joan MacCracken

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library will offer an afternoon author event with Maine novelist Joan MacCracken, author of “The Winter House: A Season of Sharing,” Tuesday, May 27, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 200 of the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

“The Winter House,” a dialogue-rich read, tells the story of four older women who decide to live together in a large house on the coast of Maine over the course of one winter. Although the work is fictional, its topic is highly relevant today, especially here in Maine with its aging population. Economically, socially and practically, it makes real sense for people to join forces and live communally.

MacCracken's involvement with the At Home Downeast project, which supports the concept of "aging in place," stimulated her to think about those who prefer to remain in their homes as they grow older. She will read from her book and speak about this novel living arrangement.

Dr. MacCracken is a retired physician who specialized in pediatric endocrinology and practiced in Bangor for 23 years. Her first book, “The Sun, the Rain and the Insulin: Growing Up with Diabetes,” was published in 1996. In 2005, she adapted a Nicaraguan folktale to create “Trisba and Sula,” which was awarded Best Bilingual Children’s Book of 2006 by Skipping Stones magazine. MacCracken also edited and published “Cracked Marbles,” a collection of Maine stories by the late Dr. Tom Palmer of Bangor. For the past six years, she has indulged her passion for writing by producing her small town’s quarterly newspaper, The Brooksville Breeze.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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