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Jackson Library series continues with Gorman

Jul 08, 2019
Alice Bingham Gorman

TENANTS HARBOR — The Jackson Memorial Library Summer Literary Series invites the public to attend a very special presentation on Tuesday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m. Alice Bingham Gorman will engage in conversation about her first novel, “Valeria Vose,” with acclaimed Maine author Bill Roorbach.

“Valeria Vose,” an autobiographical novel set in the south in the 1970s, won the first place gold medal in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards for Regional Fiction — South. The story takes the reader on a woman’s journey from chaos in her marriage through all her shattered expectations to discover her own personal, creative and spiritual identity. The author Lee Smith wrote: “A spell-binding literary page-turner.” The Kirkus Review states: “What makes the narrative exceptional is its nuanced approach to Mallie’s spiritual transformation.”

Gorman is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in Vogue; O, the Oprah Magazine; the Louisville Review; The Gasparilla Magazine; and the Maine Times, as well as other publications. She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis College of Art. With a background in Fine Arts, Gorman is a founding member of the Jackson Memorial Library Summer Literary Series and splits her time between Maine and Florida.

Roorbach, who will lead the “Conversation about ‘Valeria Vose’” has published ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including “Big Bend,” which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for short fiction. He has been a favorite author of the St. George Literary Series for many years. He lives and writes full time in western Maine.

The event takes place at the Ocean View Grange, 435 Port Clyde Rd. in Martinsville and will be preceded with a reception at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 372-8961 or visit

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