Friday, February 16, 2007

Michelle Morgan's reading list

Maine poet/editor Michelle Morgan sends this reading list:

Question of Power - Bessie Head
Unbearable lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
Bone People - Keri Hulme
Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin Marion Meade
Maps - Nuruddin Farah
A Small Corner of Hell - Dispatches from Chechnya - Anna Politkovskaya
Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

winter/spring events

This year we enter our 28th year in business. Please join us to celebrate our 28 years (we need a surge of customers to fight the insurgent chain bookstores). From February 19 to Feb. 24 all books in stock will be sold at a 28% discount. On Feb. 24, 3 PM, we will have our annual birthday party, with food and drink, door prizes, 28% discounts, and poetry readings by Joyce Pye, Russell Libby, Jonathan Skinner, and Terry Grasse. Please join us for the fun!

Upcoming Gulf of Maine related events:

Feb. 27, 7 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church, Pleasant Street, Brunswick
Gary MCs a community reading and birthday party for Longfellow. An open reading, with birthday cake!

March 6, Little Dog Coffee House, Maine Street, Brunswick, 4 PM
Gary reads poems from Cuba as a part of Cuba Week.

March 21, 7 PM, Gulf of Maine Books, author/translator Bill Porter/Red Pine
His published translations include Collected Songs of Cold Mountain, Platform Sutra. Lotus Sutra, Heart Sutra,Zen teachings of Bodhidharma, Poems of the Masters, Tao Te Ching, Zen Works of Stone House, as well as his travel account - The Road to Heaven - Encounters with Chinese Hermits

March 26, 730 PM, Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross, Maine Street,Brunswick
A night in celebration of womens literature to benefit the Revolutionary Association of Afghan Women, with Afghan food, music and video, readings by Karin Spitfire, Gary Lawless, Willie Oppenheim, and Bowdoin professor Marilyn Reizbaum. Donations will go to the RAWA literacy campaign to teach Afghan women and girls to read and write. ($65 will pay a teacher to teach up to 25 women and girls for one month).

March 31, 3 PM, Gulf of Maine Books - A Reading for Chechnya with Kenneth Rosen, Michelle Morgan, Jim Mello, Karin Spitfire, Otto Emmersleben, and Gary Lawless. We are asking for donations of books of poetry to send to the University library in Grozny, Chechnya, for the poets and readers there, as well as cash donations to help pay mailing costs.

April 2, 3 PM Gulf of Maine Books - Internationally acclaimed poets Jean Morisset (Quebec) and Michel Marchildon (Saskatchewan) will read and discuss their poetry, along with author Philip Marchand (Ontario) who will read from his new book about French explorer Rene-Robert LaSalle. Part of the 3 day Rendez-Vous de Franco-Amerique, sponsored by the University of Maine, Lewiston-Auburn.

April 12, 7 PM, Gulf of Maine Books Charles Hardy reading and discussing his new book Cowboy in Caracas - A Personal Account of Venezuela's Democratic Revolution. Mr. Hardy spent eight years as a Catholic priest living in a cardboard shack in a Caracas barrio, and will offer a personal account of the people who support Hugo Chavez, and why.

May 5, 3 PM, Gulf of Maine Books - Elizabeth Hand reading from her new novel Generation Loss, a great read, set on an island off the Maine Coast -

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Book Lists

If you look back through our archives, you will see that a number of people have sent us book lists. We ask that you send us a list of five recommended books, on any topic you wish. (send to ).
Here is a list of five novels that I recommend most often at the bookstore:

Ceremony - Leslie Silko
Continental Drift - Russell Banks
Solar Storms - Linda Hogan
Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac
Spoonhandle - Ruth Moore