'Coastal Maine in Words and Art' reading at Camden library

Stories written to accompany art on exhibit at Gallery Fukurou
Oct 07, 2019
The cover photo on "Coastal Maine in Words and Art" is "Vanishing Point" by Yohaku Yorozuya. The back cover photo is "Moonstruck" by Ramona du Houx.

CAMDEN — Last spring the Solon Center for Research and Publishing held a contest to give unknown writers in Maine an opportunity to be published in a book with photographic art that depicts Rockland and the coast in its myriad situations, moods and emotions. Of the 88 stories submitted, 27 were published to accompany 23 images in "Coastal Maine in Words and Art." Seventeen writers told stories with depth, insight, candor, irony, wit and humor.

Five of the winning writers, who herald from across Maine, will read their stories aloud on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Picker Room at Camden Public Library, 55 Main St. This event is free and open to the public.

The writers confirmed to read are Eola Ball, Lee Heffner, Donna Hinkley, Khristina Marie Landers, and Sandra Sylvester. Lee Van Dyke may read as well.

The original artwork that inspired their stories will also be at the library on Oct. 13, and then back on exhibit at Gallery Fukurou, 20 Main St., Rockland.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. The gallery edition will be sold for $20 at the reading (normally $28). The book is available on Amazon, at local Maine bookstores, in the gallery, and worldwide through Ingram. All proceeds from the sales of books and art will be placed into a fund for next year’s exhibit of the same kind.

The Maine Humanities Council provided a grant for this project that enables the Solon Center to donate books to libraries across Maine. For more information about the participating groups, visit mainehumanities.org or galleryfukurou.com.

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