Author Matthew Kiell will present his novel “Monhegan Windows” and talk about his adventures in self-publishing from an experienced insider’s point of view Thursday, July 14 at 1 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library.

“Monhegan Windows,” set over the course of one summer, is a literary novel about grief, loss, transition and the magic of art and storytelling, presented in two interlaced stories complemented by 25 photos with a windows theme, which accompany one story; and 24 paintings by 14 artists, which introduce the chapters of the other story.

In the novel, a man flees from his life and loss in the Midwest to Monhegan Island, a remote Maine enclave 10 miles off the coast — a quiet lobstering community during the cold months that becomes a summertime artists’ colony, hiking paradise, birdwatching mecca and vacation destination. On the island, he meets characters who transform his image of the island and himself. And, as the summer progresses, a mysterious writer is anonymously posting chapters of a novel around the island about … a man who flees from his life and loss in the Midwest and comes to Monhegan Island.

The author will read from his novel, discuss the process of writing the book and talk about today’s world of self-publishing. Kiell said “Monhegan Windows “is an example of what the new publishing and social media technology can achieve — a pure example of micropublishing and self-publishing, about which he can speak in detail.

“I took advantage of a rare convergence of skills and experience — not only a 30-year editorial and publishing career but my professional skills in print design, layout and publication, cover design, photography and photo-editing, and an understanding of copyrights and permissions — and handled every aspect of the creation of the novel,” he said.

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