Award-winning Maine author Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold has released “Bookends: Stories of Love, Loss, and Renewal.” Verdino-Süllwold will read from and discuss “Bookends” Friday, April 25, at 10 a.m. at the Bartlett Woods Retirement Community in Rockland; and Thursday, May 15, at 1 p.m. at the Tall Pines retirement community in Belfast.

Published by Brunswick-based independent publisher Weiala Press, “Bookends” collects eight poignant stories such as the wedding that turns feast into fiasco, the childhood games that foreshadow life’s realities and the dreams of romance shattered and reborn. Reflected through the prism of love and loss, Verdino-Süllwold’s stories ultimately offer the reader epiphanies of renewal.

Two stories from “Bookends” have won honorable mentions in the American Short Story Contest, sponsored by Grey Wolfe Publishing in Michigan. The stories “A Grain of Sand” and “Leonardo … on the Beach” will be included in Grey Wolfe Publishing’s annual anthology of short stories to be published later this year.

“Bookends” is Verdino-Süllwold’s third work of fiction and follows her novels “Raising Rufus: A Maine Love Story” and “The Whaler’s Bride.”  The author holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her writing has appeared in Opera News, Gramophone, Opéra International, Music Magazine and Beaux Arts, among many other publications. Verdino-Süllwold’s screenplay version of her novel “Raising Rufus A Maine Love Story” was the 2011 Grand Prize Winner at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

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