‘Swan’s Island’ author presents

May 26, 2014
Kate Webber

Kate Webber will discuss her new book, “Swan’s Island Chronicles: Borrowed, Exaggerated and Half-Forgotten Tales of Island Life,” Saturday, June 7, in two Midcoast stops: 11 a.m. at the Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library, 2916 Sennebec Road, Appleton; and 2 p.m. at the Penobscot Marine Museum Store, 40 East Main St./Route 1, Searsport. Books will be available for signing.

Webber worked with the Freeport Historical Society before spending two years with the Swan’s Island Historical Society through the Island Institute’s fellow program. Her varied historical work and social life on the island led to a column in the Working Waterfront publication, which formed the basis for this book. She has since moved to Portland and is working for the Maine Humanities Council.

Webber illustrates island life with humor, affection and the voices of islanders — from the first settlement and 1950s hijinks to courtship and commerce. From spooky haunts to local legends, the island’s history is all its own. Webber sets this historic romp set against the backdrop of modern island living, inviting readers to get acquainted with the island that comes alive after the last ferry has pulled away.

For more information about the Appleton event, call 785-5656 or visit appletonlibraryme.org. For more information about the Searsport stop, call 548-2529 or visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

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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