The appearance of Kate Braestrup, a community minister, law enforcement chaplain and the author of New York Times bestselling memoir “Here If You Need Me,” as the second speaker for the St. George Literary Series, sponsored by Jackson Memorial Library has been canceled, due to illness in her family. The free event, open to the public, was scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m. at Ocean View Grange, 435 Port Clyde Road/Route 131, three miles south of Tenants Harbor.

The daughter of a foreign correspondent, Braestrup spent her childhood in Algiers, New York City, Paris, Bangkok, Washington, D.C., and Sabillasville, Md. She was educated at the Parsons School of Design/The New School and Georgetown University. In 1985, she married James Andrew "Drew" Griffith. The following year, he joined the Maine State Police and the young family moved to Midcoast Maine. Already a published author, Braestrup continued to combine motherhood and writing fiction and non-fiction.

Trooper Griffith was killed in a car accident while on duty in 1996, leaving Braestrup a widowed mother of four children between the ages of 3 and 9. Following her husband’s dream of becoming a Unitarian/Universalist minister, she entered the Bangor Theological Seminary in 1997 and was ordained in 2004. Since 2001, she has served as chaplain to the Maine Warden Service. In 2006, she married the artist Simon van der Ven; between them, the couple have a total of six children.

Braestrup has published articles in the New York Times Magazine, Time and O, among others. Her books include “Here If You Need Me,” “Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life” and “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity.”

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