Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will present a book talk and signing by Richard LeMieux, author of “Breakfast at Sally’s,” Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room.

At one time, LeMieux had it all – a huge house, the finest wines, a successful business, a spouse who shared world travel with him; and a family that loved him. Then, at age 59, his business failed, his wife left him, his children disowned him and his house was repossessed. He began sleeping in his van, homeless and sick at heart. He even contemplated suicide; poised to jump off Washington’s Tacoma Narrows Bridge on Christmas night 2002, he turned back when he heard his dog Willow barking frantically and reflected that it would be unfair to desert the one being who had stayed loyal to him. So he returned to the van and launched on what has turned out to be a voyage of discovery.

Led by a street philosopher-guide known just as C, LeMieux started to regain his dignity and explore his options. “Breakfast at Sally’s,” written mostly on a discarded typewriter while he was living in his minivan, reveals who the homeless really are, what redemption really means and how The Salvation Army transforms lives.

Books will be available at the event courtesy of The Reading Corner. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling the library at 594-0310. This is one in a continuing Thursday series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to