Midcoast writers among MLA finalists

May 19, 2014
Photo by: Al Crichton The first of two book collaborations by Elizabeth Garber of Northport and Michael Weymouth of Hingham, Mass., is a finalist in the 2014 Maine Literary Awards.

Portland — The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has announced the finalists for the 2014 Maine Literary Awards. The winners will be revealed live at a ceremony Thursday, May 29, at the University of Maine’s Glickman Family Library. Doors will open 6 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 7 p.m.

There will be a cash bar, and Sherman’s Books will be on hand at the awards ceremony selling copies of the finalists’ books. The event is free to MWPA members, with a suggested $5 donation for nonmembers.

This year’s awards brought in a record-breaking number of submissions. Nearly 125 books were entered across the genres, and more than 70 manuscripts were submitted into the Short Works Competition in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Nearly 70 Maine students submitted work in the same categories in the award’s Youth Competition.

Three independent bookstores are sponsoring this year’s literary awards. Sherman’s Books, booksellers since 1886 with locations in Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Freeport, and Portland, is this year’s platinum sponsor. Portland’s fiercely independent Longfellow Books is gold sponsor, and Damariscotta’s Maine Coast Book Shop is host sponsor.

Following are the Midcoast finalists; for the complete list, visit mainewriters.org, where the 2014 Maine Literary Awards finalists are listed alphabetically in each category.

“Massacre Pond” by Paul Doiron of Camden is a finalists in the Crime Fiction category. In Non Fiction, “Bill Moss: Fabric Artist & Designer” by Marilyn Moss of Camden is a finalist. Linda Greenlaw of Isle au Haut and Surry is a Memoir finalist for “Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother.” Also a Memoir finalist is Peter Korn of Rockland’s “Why We Make Things and Why It Matters.” Martha White of Rockport is a finalist in the Anthology category for “E.B. White on Dogs.” John Ford of Brooks is a finalist for the John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed Nonfiction for “This Cider Still Tastes Funny!” and former Belfast Poet Laureate Elizabeth Garber, along with photographer Michael Weymouth, is a finalist for Excellence in Publishing for their “Maine (Island Time).”

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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