Category Archives: Walker’s Bookshelf

Among the Shadows

Among the Shadows

In Bruce Robert Coffin’s Among the Shadows, Portland, Maine’s gritty and dark atmosphere plays a starring role alongside an emotionally conflicted detective sergeant as he investigates the murders of multiple retired Portland police officers. Coffin’s debut novel is written with the type of confidence found in the best examples of police procedural fiction.   The story follows Detective Sergeant John Byron as he investigates a series of murders while also

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Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life

Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life

Hedwig Keisler performed in the film Ecstasy when she was only 18 or 19 years-old. There was a huge scandal because she was nude in a solo sex scene, and the film was banned in many venues. Soon after, she starred in Sissi about the Empress Sissi which redeemed her somewhat in the public eye. Desperate to get out in

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Photography at the Library

Photography at the Library

From now until March 30th, the exhibition Bridges of Friendship will be on display in our historic wing to celebrate a thirty-year Sister City Relationship between the Greater Portland Maine and Archangel, Russia. This tribute to community and connection includes thirty photographs from Maine and thirty photographs from Russia taken by the Portland Camera Club of Maine and the Spolokhi

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Bucks for Books

Bucks for Books

Bucks for Books is an annual $300.00 scholarship sponsored by the Friends of Walker Memorial Library to help a graduating Westbrook High School student pay for their college textbooks. The application deadline is Thursday, April 25th. Scholarship applicants must be a patron of the Walker Memorial Library with an account in good standing. Preference will be given to a student

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Women’s Prize for Fiction

Women’s Prize for Fiction

Women’s Prize for Fiction was previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction (1996 and 2012) and Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (2014-2017). This award “celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world (Women’s Prize for Fiction).” The 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist was recently announced (Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2019). We have compiled

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Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver

Set in Lithvas, a fictional country in Eastern Europe, Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver follows the story of a moneylender’s daughter as she strives to survive in medieval England. Living in abject poverty, Miryem decides to take over her father’s failing money-lending business. She is quite successful at it that soon she attracts the attention of the Staryk king (the king

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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

if I am ever less than a mountain for your definite brothers and sisters let the rivers pour over my head — Lucille Clifton This March marks the 33rd Women’s History Month in the United States. Women’s History Month has been celebrated since a public law was passed by Congress in 1986 to expand the preceding traditions of International Women’s

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Epistles Across Generations

Epistles Across Generations

In 1962, the magazine The Progressive printed James Baldwin’s missive “A Letter to My Nephew,” the most popular piece they have published to date. This year’s February/March issue both celebrates and builds upon the notion Baldwin presented fifty-five years ago: that in facing racism on both a systemic and personal level, the difficult but imperative task is to accept oneself

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The White Book

The White Book

Han Kang, the author of the 2016 Man Booker Prize-winning The Vegetarian, has written a new novel, The White Book, which explores life and death through the lens of a single color—white. The White Book follows an unnamed narrator as she looks upon her own life and its meaning through the prism of “white.” In the beginning, she lists all

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