MONHEGAN — The Monhegan Memorial Library announces the return the Distinguished Writers Series with a double program Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30.

On Friday, July 29, storytellers are invited to share their stories of Monhegan at “Monhegan Tales,” an open-mic-style night modeled after programs such as The Moth. Each storyteller will have a five minute limit, and advanced sign up is required (visit the Monhegan Memorial Library to do so). “Monhegan Tales” is hosted in collaboration with the Monhegan Museum.

On Saturday, July 30, there will be a talk by John Bear Mitchell, a storyteller, educator and citizen of the Penobscot Nation. He will speak on the importance of storytelling to Native peoples.

Both programs take place at the Monhegan Community Church at 7:30 p.m. John Bear Mitchell’s talk has a suggested donation of $5.

The Distinguished Writers Series had been put on hold for two years due to COVID. This is the fifth iteration of the series. Donations to support the continuation of the series can be made by visiting

For questions, contact Mia Boynton at or 207-596-0549.