Barbara Kent Lawrence will give a book talk on her “Islands of Time” Sunday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library. The day before, Saturday, Aug. 17, she will sign the novel from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sherman’s Books on Main Street.

In 1948, Lawrence fell in love with Mount Desert Island as a summer kid. In 1979, she became a “year-round summer person,” a status more compelling and complex than she could have imagined. Her dissertation, “Working Memory: The Influence of Culture on Aspirations,” was about the gap between the high rate of achievement Maine’s fourth grade students evidenced on national tests and the low rate at which they went on to college. She went on to write books about education and eating disorders in men; and is working on a manuscript about her British family during World War II. Although Lawrence no longer lives in Maine year-round, she spends as much time as possible on MDI.

Lawrence drew on her love of Maine and her experience as a researcher and writer for “Islands of Time.” The book relates the story of a teen who fell in love with Maine … and a particular Mainer. Such a friendship between a vacationer and a year-round resident was taboo, but there is no denying their chemistry. Love quickly grew, then ended abruptly.

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