Maine Media Workshops+College, in conjunction with Nina June restaurant, will host an afternoon reading by the James Beard Award-winning food writer Elissa Altman Saturday, Sept. 3, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Nin June, 24 Central St. in the village.

The reading is free and open to the public, and the intimate setting of Nina June should serve as a perfect backdrop for Altman’s reflections on the nature and traditions of food. The restaurant will be serving light fare food for purchase during the reading.

Altman’s book “Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire and the Art of Simple Cooking” is based on her food blog of the same name. The story chronicles Altman’s formative years with a “rail-thin, narcissistic mother” and a father who drove to secret lunches in the city at Lutèce and Le Périgord. Altman will read from both “Poor Man’s Feast” and her forthcoming book “Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw,” in which she explores the tradition, religion, family expectations and the forbidden that were the fixed points in her Queens, N.Y., childhood.

There will be a book signing after the reading, hosted by Barnswallow Books. Copies of Poor Man’s Feast will be available for signing and Altman’s forthcoming book, Treyf can be pre-ordered.

Altman will be teaching a food memoir workshop titled A Sliver of Life: The Art and Practice of Writing Food Memoir for Maine Media Workshops+College. There are still spaces available; for more information, contact Maine Media at (877) 577-7700 or

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or