On Wednesday, Sept. 28, author and National Public Radio contributor Caitlin Shetterly will read from her memoir “Made For You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, and Finding Home.” The Jackson Memorial Library event will take place at the Ocean View Grange on Route 131 at 6 p.m., preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception.

Shetterly is a frequent contributor to NPR where she reports on arts and culture, food and lifestyle. For NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” she created a series of blogs about the recession titled “Diaries of a Recession.” These diaries and blogs were an inspiration for her memoir, which was published in March. She also is founder and artistic director of the Winter Harbor Theatre Company, where she produces and directs works that confront important  issues of our time. She lives in Maine with her husband, photographer Daniel Davis, and their young son.

In 2008, newlyweds Shetterly and Davis began their lives together by pursuing a lifelong shared dream of leaving Maine and going west to California. At first, California seemed to be all they had hoped for, the land of plenty. Almost immediately, however, the recession landed, and an unplanned and difficult pregnancy made Shetterly unable to work. By December, every job Davis had lined up had been canceled and, although he pounded the pavement, he could not find work. By March 2009, every cent of the couple’s savings was gone.

And so, a year after they had set out with big plans, the couple packed up again, this time with a baby on board, to make their way home. As they drove, Shetterly blogged about their situation and created the audio diaries for “Weekend Edition.” She received an astounding response — from all across the country, listeners offered help, opening their hearts and their homes. And when the young family arrived back in rural Maine and squeezed into Shetterly’s mother’s small saltbox home, they learned that the bonds of family run much deeper than any pull to roam and that, with love, they could achieve their dreams, wherever they lived.

Shetterly is a lively and entertaining speaker, and her book has received excellent  reviews. It will be on sale and the author will be available to sign copies before and after her talk. For more information on this or future programs, contact librarian Yvonne Gloede at 372-6286 or visit jacksonmemoriallibrary.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.