Book of the Day: Sing To It by Amy Hempel

Book of the Day: Sing To It by Amy Hempel

Amy Hempel gained a reputation in the 1990s and early 2000s as a minimalist short story writer, saying as much with what she omits as what she includes. Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that she left readers a thirteen-year gap between books before publishing her new collection, Sing To It, in March. The book contains fourteen short pieces and one lengthier narrative, carrying the reader through a

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Book of the Day: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Book of the Day: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Journalist Susan Orlean’s most recent book is entitled The Library Book, but it’s hard to slap a call number on this one. When her son embarked on a school project to interview a city librarian, Orlean found herself navigating wisps of smoke to tell the story of the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire. Orlean’s attempt to wrap her mind around the fabrications

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Book of the Day: Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

Book of the Day: Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss’s 130-page novel can fit cover to cover in one evening’s read, but the impressions of this petite book linger. Narrator Silvie’s father seeks to leave the daily grind behind when he brings his whole family to the forests of England, where an archaeology professor has set up camp with his students to reenact Iron Age rituals and routines.

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National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

The Academy of American Poets declared the first National Poetry Month in April 1996, and it has gone on to be a global celebration of one of our most complex yet immediate literary forms. Beloved poet Mary Oliver’s death earlier this year brought a resurgence of interest in her nature-focused exuberant work, much of which is available at Walker. Oliver’s

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Book of the Day: Mouthful of Birds

Book of the Day: Mouthful of Birds

Samanta Schweblin’s collection of twenty short stories, Mouthful of Birds, weaves between the realm of the real and the strange, exploring the deepest abyss of the human psyche. These grotesque and surreal stories serve as a representation of the reality we live in. They question societal structures, norms, attitudes, and expectations. They examine how a person can be capable of cruelty

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Periodical Perusing: Ellery Queen, Joyce Carol Oates

Periodical Perusing: Ellery Queen, Joyce Carol Oates

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine is a modern crime and mystery short story magazine. Prominent authors like Alice Walker, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, and Ernest Hemingway have contributed to the magazine. For EQMM’s March/April 2019 issue, the first short story features Joyce Carol Oates’ “The Women Friends”. Oates is known to gather inspiration from real events. In “The Women Friends”, she

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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 Monday, April 22nd. 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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