Diane O’Brien will give a free talk on her new book, “Half of Every Couple: When Death Ends Marriage,” Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Lincolnville Community Library, 208 Main St./routes 173/52 in Lincolnville Center. POSTPONED TO MONDAY, FEB. 18, DUE TO SNOWSTORM

The book is as much the story of a marriage —O’Brien and her husband, Wally, were married nearly 46 years — as it is a chronicle of her first year of widowhood. It is firmly set in Lincolnville, where the couple’s marriage played out in the same house where it started.

The 52 essays in the book are a year’s worth of O’Brien’s weekly column, “This Week in Lincolnville,” originally published on penbaypilot.com. O’Brien said she sometimes felt guilty pouring out her grief to readers who probably would prefer hearing about the goings on in their town. But people began urging her to keep writing about it, as if by living vicariously through this experience they could see how it would be for them when their turn came.

In addition to reading excerpts from the book during her program, O’Brien will explore her thoughts behind the personal revelations displayed in these essays, as well as the challenges of self-publishing.

O’Brien has written a weekly Lincolnville town news column for nearly 40 years, first in The Camden Herald and more recently for penbaypilot.com. She also is the author of “Staying Put In Lincolnville, Maine” and “Ducktrap: Chronicles of a Maine Village.”

For more information, call 706-3896 or email questions@lincolnvillelibrary.org.

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