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Book Launch: Jim Nichols and Monica Wood in Conversation

Wednesday, October 14 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: https://mailchi.mp/mainewriters.org/nichols-wood
Audience: Adults

Please join MWPA and the Portland Public Library for an online conversation with award-winning writers Jim Nichols and Monica Wood to celebrate their new books. Nichols’ latest novel, Blue Summer, was just published by Islandport Books. Wood’s classic collection of linked stories, Ernie’s Ark, is being published by Godine in a new edition that includes a never-before published story by Monica Wood and an afterword by the author.

To RSVP for this free event and receive a link to the event on Zoom, please go here.

To order a copy of Blue Summer or Ernie’s Ark: The Abbott Falls Stories, please contact the Book Review in Falmouth, our bookstore partner for this event. You can order by phone (207) 781-4808 or send them an email at bookreviewmaine@gmail.com. Signed copies will be available as supplies last.

About the Series » Literary Lunch Series


Portland Public Library’s Literary Lunch series is held monthly and features authors from New England in conversation about new works.  Authors are interviewed by literary friends, colleagues or critics.

All Literary Lunches are free to the public. Because they take place over the  lunch hour, guests are encouraged to bring their lunch; complimentary coffee is generously provided by Coffee By Design and books are sold by our partner, Longfellow Books.

Questions about our Literary Lunch Series? Please send us an e-mail.



About the Series » Spotlight Lecture Series



Portland Public Library presents the Spotlight Lecture Series held in conjunction with Longfellow Books, Print: A Bookstore, and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.  The Spotlight Lecture Series celebrates new works by notable authors from around the country.  This series is generously sponsored by the Press Hotel.