Lawrence signs at Owl and Turtle

Jan 12, 2018
Barbara Kent Lawrence

Camden — The Owl and Turtle Bookshop Café, 33 Bay View St., will host a book signing with Camden author Barbara Kent Lawrence Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lawrence is the author of eight books including “Islands of Time,” published in 2013; and “The Other Island: Ben’s Story,” published in 2017.

Set on Mount Desert and Little Cranberry Islands, “Islands of Time” is the story of forbidden love in 1958 between a summer girl named Becky — who tells the story — and a local boy, son of a Downeast fisherman, named Ben.

After a long cab ride in 2013 with a former groundfisherman who had recently lost his boat, his home and his livelihood, Lawrence began thinking about what changes in the fisheries might have meant to Ben and his family. She contemplated writing Ben’s side of the same story, and through him learning as much as she could about the fisheries in the Gulf of Maine.

“It soon became apparent to me that Ben was the perfect person to tell this story,” she said.

Lawrence taught anthropology and history in a high school, then co-founded and ran a real estate and construction firm in Northeast Harbor. After receiving her education doctorate, she served as a policy analyst for the Rural School and Community Trust and later at KnowledgeWorks Foundation, while teaching writing and education courses at Northeastern and Lesley universities in Boston.

Her dissertation, “Working Memory: The Influence of Culture on Aspirations, a case study of schools on Mount Desert Island,” won the National Rural Education Association award for the dissertation of the year in 1998, and later became the foundation for her recent novels. Copies of both will be available for signing and purchase.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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