Chinese, Japanese ghost stories
Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library will present An Evening of Chinese and Japanese Ghost Stories with Erika Pfander Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. The library is located in the historic Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1.
Pfander, Artistic Director of the Chamber Theater of Maine and moderator of the Friends of the Thomaston Public Library Friday Night Film Series, will read tales taken primarily from “Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things” by Lafcadio Hearn. Hearn, a journalist, went to Japan in 1891 and lived there until his death in 1904.
Absolutely intoxicated by Japanese culture and ideas, particularly Japanese legends and myths, Hearn married a Japanese wife and adopted the Buddhist religion. He wrote many books during his life in Japan, among them “Kotto” and “Kwaidan.” Pfander's dramatic readings, befitting the eve of Halloween, will feature Hearn's ghost tales.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.