NORTHPORT — Toad Hall Editions announces the Sunday, Sept. 25, official launch of “Consecration Pond,” the first book by Rockport author Laura Bonazzoli. The 11 linked stories in Bonazzoli’s collection take place in and around the same pond in rural Maine. There, a burn victim seeks forgiveness from her husband’s ghost, a retired teacher struggles to make sense of his neighbor’s death, and a boy’s self-imposed rite of passage nearly costs him his life. Together, these and other stories offer a meditation on the nature of wisdom, the risks and gifts of allowing ourselves to be seen, and the challenge of creating meaning in the wake of loss.

The launch and reading will fittingly take place beside a Maine pond — Bonazzoli will share excerpts from “Consecration Pond” in the outdoor bandstand at Norton Pond, Route 52, Lincolnville, Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to everyone. No reservation necessary. Refreshments will be served.

“Separate lives, touched by tragedy, sustained by love, connected by the still waters of Consecration Pond. Twelve individual stories, skillfully interwoven, beautifully told. When I finished the final story and put the book aside, the characters lived on in my memory as vivid and fresh as when we’d first met. And so, I returned to the first, to again share the lives of the people who inhabit the shores of Consecration Pond.” —John Bragg, author of “Exit 8”

Bonazzoli’s short stories, personal essays and poetry have appeared in dozens of literary magazines and several anthologies. She has also published widely in the areas of science and health. For more information, visit

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