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Greetings,                                                                                   July 24, 2014

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#1 NEW NORTH CAROLINA
POET LAUREATE RESIGNS

Last week, North Carolina governor Pat McCrory (R) appointed Valerie Macon, a state employee whose publication résumé consists of two self-published poetry collections, as the state’s new poet laureate. There was no call for submissions, applications, or letters of recommendation—in fact, the North Carolina Arts Council North Carolina Arts Council (which has overseen nominating and vetting in previous years) was never contacted. In North Carolina, the laureate holds the post for two years and receives a stipend between $5,000 and $15,000. After less than one week of negative reaction to her appointment, Macon has resigned.

+ GILDING THE LILY? While Gov. McCrory’s press release announcing Macon's appointment claimed her two poetry collections have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the prize is not actually given to volumes of poetry but only to individual poems, so such nominations are impossible.

Beyer Gold
+ READ MOREMcCrory picks poet laureate without input, rankles poetry community” from the News & Observer

+ READ MOREPeople in North Carolina Are Really Upset About Their New Poet Laureate” from Slate 

+ READ MORESelf-Published Poet Laureate in NC Resigns” from ABC News

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#2 BEYER STRIKES GOLD
Falmouth author Henry Beyer’s novel Deus Vult: One Knight’s Life recently earned a gold medal in the “Military/Wartime
Empathy Exams portraitFiction” category at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The novel, whose title translates to “God’s Will,” tells the life story of a knight on the First Crusade who helped create the Knights Templar. Beyer traveled to New York City to accept his award.

+ READ MORE 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results

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#3 ANATOMY OF A COVER DESIGN

Leslie Jamison’s essay collection The Empathy Exams has been a surprise hit for independent publisher Graywolf Press. The collection is Jamison’s first nonfiction title (following her 2010 novel The Gin Closet). She recently landed a reported seven figure deal with Little, Brown for her next two books. The Graywolf Press blog interviewed The Empathy Exams book cover designer Kimberly Glyder about how she approached designing the bestseller.

+ READ MOREAnatomy of a Cover Design: The Empathy Lovejoy Exams” from Graywolf Press

+ READ MORE Designer Kimberly Glyder 

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#4 LOVEJOY’S NEW EDITIONS
Huge kudos to MWPAer Sharon Lovejoy, whose Trowel & Error has just gone into its eleventh printing while her Roots Shoots Buckets & Boots has gone into its twelfth! Together, the titles (both published by Workman Publishing) have sold roughly 300,000 copies.

+ READ MORE Sharon Lovejoy’s website


*CRAFT NOTES
"Write with the door closed; rewrite with the door open." —Stephen King

+ READ MORE22 Lessons From Stephen King On How To Be A Great Writer” from Business Insider


PeaveyBanners TAKE HEART
   Edited and Introduced by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair

Today’s poem, by Leslie Moore of Brooksville, is set in Smith Cove. Leslie writes that her poem tells a “fishing story that’s true.”

To read “After the Splash” by Leslie Moore, please click 
HERE.


Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is edited and introduced by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair. Take Heart is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Questions about submitting may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at mainepoetlaureate@gmail.com or 207-228-8263.

PeaveyBanners SPECIAL EVENT
Beattie Robinson BANNER Final
AN EVENING WITH ANN BEATTIE & ROXANA ROBINSON

Wednesday, August 20 @ SPACE Gallery at 538 Congress Street in Portland, ME
Doors at 6:30 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
More info

TICKETS
MWPA and SPACE members: Free
General: $5 in advance | $8 at the door

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BOOKS
+ Books by both authors will be available for purchase at the event
from local bookseller Longfellow Books.

PeaveyBanners NOTES FROM THE ALLIANCE

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MUDDLE IN THE MIDDLE

A Novel Workshop
Instructor: Katharine Davis
Date & Time: Saturday August 16 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland



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CB Anderson HEAD SHOT
BEYOND “SHOW, DON’T TELL”
The Balance Between Scene and Exposition in Writing a Narrative
Instructor: CB Anderson
Date & Time: Saturday, September 27 | 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland

> WORKSHOP INFO
> REGISTRATION FORM
> FELLOWSHIP INFO



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PeaveyBanners FEATURED EVENT

THE BEYOND THE SEA BOOK FESTIVALt600-BeyondTheSeaPosterOnline
July 25, 26, 27 in Lincolnville
 

For the entire weekend of July 25, 26, and 27, the Beyond the Sea Book Festival will take over the Lincolnville Beach and hosts scads of MWPA authors!

> FULL SCHEDULE OF AUTHORS & EVENTS





PeaveyBanners EVENTS

> TODAY THURSDAY, JULY 24 at 5:30 PM Kate McCarty presents her new book Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine at the Maine Historical Society in Portland. INFO

> TODAY THURSDAY, JULY 24 at 7 PM Roger Roffman presents Marijuana Nation at Longfellow Books in Portland. INFO

> FRIDAY, JULY 25 from 4 PM to 8 PM LL Bean in Freeport celebrates Donn Fendler, including book signings with Fendler, Lynn Plourde, and Ben Bishop, co-author and illustrator of Lost Trail, the graphic novel of Fendler's classic Lost on a Mountain in Maine. INFO

> FRIDAY, JULY 25 at 5:30 PM Book in the Barn, a book sale and reading event with twenty-eight Cushing-area authors at the Cushing Historical Society. INFO

> THURSDAY, JULY 24 at 6:30 PM Jennifer Wixson presents The Songbird of Sovereign at the Troy Union Church in Troy. Book sales will be donated to the Troy Union Church Steeple Fund. INFO

> FRIDAY, JULY 25 at 12 PM Bhagya Chandra reads from Love after Marriage, her debut novel, at the Portland Public Library. INFO

> FRIDAY, JULY 25 The Beyond the Sea Book Festival in Lincolnville hosts scads of MWPA authors! INFO

> SATURDAY, JULY 26 The Beyond the Sea Book Festival in Lincolnville hosts scads of MWPA authors! INFO

> SATURDAY, JULY 26 from 10 AM to 4 PM Book in the Barn, a book sale and reading event with twenty-eight Cushing-area authors at the Cushing Historical Society. INFO 

> SUNDAY, JULY 27 from 10 AM to 3 PM Book in the Barn, a book sale and reading event with twenty-eight Cushing-area authors at the Cushing Historical Society. INFO

> SUNDAY, JULY 27
The Beyond the Sea Book Festival in Lincolnville hosts scads of MWPA authors! INFO

> SUNDAY, JULY 27 at 2 PM Cathie Pelletier presents A Year After Henry at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library in Kennebunkport. INFO


> MONDAY, JULY 28 at 5 PM G.A. Morgan celebrates the release of The Fog of Forgetting at Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland. INFO 

> MONDAY, JULY 28 at 6:30 PM Jennifer Wixson presents The Songbird of Sovereign at the Winslow Public Library. INFO

> TUESDAY, JULY 29 at 5:30 PM Murray Carpenter presents Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us at the Southwest Harbor Public Library. INFO

> TUESDAY, JULY 29 at 7 PM Katherine Page, Brooke Dojny, and Sandra L. Oliver present "Name Your Poison: A Cookbook Writer, a Food Historian, and a Culinary Mystery Writer Talk About Food and Crime—and, Food That is a Crime" at the Blue Hill Public Library. INFO

> TUESDAY, JULY 29 at 7 PM Paul Doiron presents his novel The Bone Orchard at Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor. INFO 

> WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 at 6:30 PM Rosalie Deer Heart presents Book Soul Befriending, High Beam Living and Loving at the Hampden Public Library. INFO


> WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 at 7 PM Katherine Page, Brooke Dojny, and Sandra L. Oliver present "Name Your Poison: A Cookbook Writer, a Food Historian, and a Culinary Mystery Writer Talk About Food and Crime—and, Food That is a Crime" at the Pearson Legacy Gallery in Deer Isle. INFO

> THURSDAY, JULY 31 at 5 PM Join authors Lily King and Alice Greenway at the North Haven Public Library. INFO

> THURSDAY, JULY 31 from 12 to 3 PM David C. Weiss will be signing his book A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames at the Rockland Lobster Festival. INFO

> THURSDAY, JULY 31 at 7 PM Longfellow Books and the Portland Public Library present a book talk and signing with Louise Penny at First Parish in Portland. INFO

> THURSDAY, JULY 31 at 7 PM Tess Gerritsen gives an author talk at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor. INFO

> THURSDAY, JULY 31 at 7 PM Paul Doiron reads from and signs his novel The Bone Orchard at Letterpress Books in Portland.
INFO

> THURSDAY, JULY 31 at 7 PM  Christina Baker Kline presents The Orphan Train at Union Church in Biddeford. INFO

> FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 at 12 PM Elaine G. McGillicuddy presents her memoir Sing to Me and I Will Hear You: A Love Story at the Portland Public Library. INFO  

> FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 at 2 PM Brunswick writer Paul Betit talks about his mystery-suspense novels Phu Bai, Kagnew Station and The Man In The Canal at Bridgton Public Library. INFO 

> FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 at 7 PM Cathie Pelletier presents A Year After Henry at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor. INFO

> FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 at 7 PM USM’s Southworth Planetarium presents the Lammas Celestial Poetry reading in Portland. This year’s theme is the sense of taste and the seasonal. To read, contact mjcheung@maine.rr.com. INFO

> FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 at 7 PM Join Lily King and Alice Greenway at the Vinalhaven Public Library. INFO

> SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 at 11 AM Paul Doiron presents his novel The Bone Orchard at the Newport Cultural Center. INFO

> SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 at 3 PM Cathie Pelletier presents The Summer Experiment at the Farmington Public Library (in partnership with DDG Booksellers). INFO

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NEW THIS WEEK

> SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 at 3 PM Lily King reads from her novel Euphoria at Left Bank Books in Belfast. INFO

> MONDAY, AUGUST 4 at 6 PM Paul Doiron reads from and signs his novel The Bone Orchard at Witherle Memorial Library in Castine. INFO

> MONDAY, AUGUST 4 at 7 PM Lily King reads from her novel Euphoria at the Blue Hill Public Library. INFO

> TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 at 7 PM The Stonington Opera House presents its annual Evening of Poetry curated by Deborah Cummins. This year's theme is "Family" and will feature guest poet Gibson Fay-LeBlanc as well as five community members who will read family-themed poems by Maxine Kumin, Sharon Olds, Billy Collins, Richard Wilbur, and more. INFO

> WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 at 7 PM Graham Farmelo presents Churchill's Bomb at Longfellow Books in Portland. INFO 

> WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 at 7 PM Poetry reading with Stuart Kestenbaum, Elizabeth Tibbets, and Betsy Sholl at Pascal Hall in Rockport. INFO

> FRIDAY, AUGUST 8 at 12 PM Jennifer Wixson presents The Songbird of Sovereign at the Portland Public Library’s Local Author Series. INFO

> SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 at 11 AM Jennifer Wixson presents The Songbird of Sovereign at the Maine Coast Bookshop and Café in Damariscotta. INFO

> SUNDAY, AUGUST 10 at 2 PM Barbara Lawrence presents Island of Time at Graves Library in Kennebunkport. INFO

> SAVE THE DATE THURSDAY, AUGUST 14 at 5:30 PM The MWPA and Maine Historical Society to host poets Christian Barter, Christopher Robley, and Betsy Sholl for “Summer Garden Series: Poetry of Home, Place, Community,” a reading in the Longfellow House Gardens in Portland. Free for MHS & MWPA members; $5 for nonmembers. INFO

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PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY’S BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES 
Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
INFO
 
> JULY 31 Louise Penny, How the Light Gets In (7 PM)
> AUGUST 13 Paul Betit, The Man in the Canal
> AUGUST 20 Peter Korn, Why We Make Things and Why it Matters
> AUGUST 27 Paul Doiron, The Bone Orchard
> SEPTEMBER 3 Crash Barry, Marijuana Valley (6:30 PM)
> SEPTEMBER 10 Debby Irving, Waking up White
> SEPTEMBER 24 James Hayman, Darkness First
> OCTOBER 8 Earl Smith, More Damn Trouble
> OCTOBER 22 Bill Roorbach, The Remedy of Love
> NOVEMBER 5 Jim Witherell, Ed Muskie: Made in Maine
> NOVEMBER 19 Gail Gutradt, In a Rocket Made of Ice
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2014 SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES AT UNION CHURCH IN BIDDEFORD
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
INFO
 
> JULY 31 Christina Baker Kline, The Orphan Train
> AUGUST 7 Sue Miller, The Good Mother
> AUGUST 21 Bunny McBride, Women of the Dawn
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PeaveyBanners LIT NEWS

+ CHIMSKY’S MUSICAL
Next Tuesday, July 29 will mark the first staged reading of "The Road of Life," an original musical written by Mark Chimsky and Jay Jacques at the Granite Theatre in Westerly, RI. The new musical is directed by Broadway director/producer David Black and co-produced by David Black and David Jepson, the Artistic Director of the Granite Theatre. To read more about the musical, click HERE.

+ FIFTH ANNUAL MAINE POSTMARK POETRY CONTEST
  The Tenth Annual Belfast Poetry Festival (October 17 & 18), also boasts the Fifth Annual Maine Postmark Poetry Contest! Maine residents and everyone with access to a Maine post office or mailbox this summer are invited to enter. Citizens, residents, and visitors to our great state are all welcome: the only rule is that all entries must bear a Maine postmark. Deadline: August 1. For full guidelines, click HERE.

PeaveyBanners NOTES FROM THE ALLIANCE

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POETS & WRITERS: DISCOUNTED SUBSCRIPTION RATE
Your membership in the MWPA entitles you to a special subscription rate of up to 69% off the newsstand price of Poets & Writers. That’s like getting 8 issues FREE! 

By clicking HERE, you can subscribe for 2 years (12 issues) for $22.00 (or $1.83 an issue) or 1 year (6 issues) for $12.00 (or $2.00 an issue). 

We hope you’ll take advantage of this generous offer Poets & Writers has extended to the MWPA membership.


Web Seals

MWPA MEMBER SEALS
The MWPA is excited to offer its new member seals. The seals were created for all members who want to publicly acknowledge their affiliation with, and their support of, the MWPA. In addition, by posting the MWPA member seal on your website, and linking the image back to the MWPA website (mainewriters.org), you will be helping to raise the profile of our organization and strengthen the growing network of members, partners, and connections. 

> Click HERE to download your member seal in various sizes and in either white or blue.


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MWPA GUIDES
These handy guides for members include listings and contact info for literary professionals and writing groups around the state.

+ Click HERE to download a PDF of the Literary Professionals Guide
+ Click HERE to download a PDF of the Writing Groups Guilde.

PeaveyBanners FINALLY

Paris

When American-in-Paris Pamela Druckerman reflected on the most recent round of Amazon kerfuffles, she realized there were seven bookstores within a 10-minute walk of her Parisian apartment. That was no accident. She had to ask herself and her fellow Americans:
“For a few bucks off and the pleasure of shopping from bed, have we handed over a precious natural resource—our nation’s books—to an ambitious billionaire with an engineering degree?”
+ READ MOREThe French Do Buy Books. Real Books.” by Pamela Druckerman in the New York Times

+ READ MORE Did you know: Six of the world’s 10 biggest book-selling countries — Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Spain and South Korea — have versions of fixed book prices?

In the meantime, I’m here if you need me. Give me a call or drop me a note via email or snail. Every call gets returned and every note gets answered.


Onwards & Have Fun, 
Joshua Bodwell
Executive Director director@mainewriters.org

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
Glickman Family Library
314 Forest Avenue, Room 318
Portland, ME 04101

T:
207-228-8263
E: info@mainewriters.org
W: www.mainewriters.org

Join the MWPA by clicking HERE.
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FORMAT Please send your EVENT listing pre-formatted* to match the format of the listings above; we request EVENT listings please be as concise as possible and include a hyperlink where interested readers can find more information. (*We will make every effort to run event info that has not been pre-formatted but can neither guarantee it, nor take responsibility for any errors introduced during re-formatting.)

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The Peavey is proofread and copy-edited by Dana M. Pearson.
Visit Mr. Pearson's website HERE.

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