ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., presents Gregory Brown Thursday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. calling in via Zoom. This event is free and open to all.

Debut Maine author Brown will discuss and read excerpts from his new novel, “The Lowering Days.” The novel tackles issues of land ownership, the interactions of protection and stewardship among different communities, our reliance on extractive relationships for industry, and cycles of hurt in families and communities. Speaking of the book, Richard Russo said, “In ‘The Lowering Days,’ Gregory Brown gives us a lush, almost mythic portrait of a very specific place and time that feels all the more universal for its singularity. There’s magic here.” An audience Q&A will follow the talk.

Brown grew up along Penobscot Bay and still lives in Maine with his family. His work often explores the interaction of land and human influence, with a particular interest on social, cultural and environmental issues. His short fiction has appeared in Tin House, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Epoch, and Narrative Magazine, where he was a winner of the 30Below Prize. He is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. He is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied journalism, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he studied fiction writing. “The Lowering Days” is his first novel.

The Zoom call will be shown on the projector in the library’s community room, with limited seating. For a link to the Zoom event to watch from home, please email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on Aug. 19 and identify the event you are interested in attending in the subject line.