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Read Your Mind: The Last True Poets of the Sea

Wednesday, Mar 31 - Wednesday, March 31
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: Zoom Webinar
Audience: Teens, Teen Reads, Teen Events, Teen Health, Parents & Teachers

Wednesday, March 31st: The Last True Poets of the Sea

In March we will host author Julia Drake in discussion with Lewiston Youth Advisory Council chair Hope Rubito to talk about self-harm behaviors, the influence of guilt and loss, and honest portrayals of hospitalization experiences. Our community partner for this is event is NAMI Maine.

Unfortunately, author Ceylan Scott will no longer be able to join us for this session. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage attendees to get a copy of On A Scale of 1 to 10 from your local library or independent bookstore.

Register for this Zoom Webinar here:

Content warning: Topics discussed in this series include anxiety, depression, suicide, self harm, hospitalization, and other sensitive mental health topics. Support resources will be provided at the beginning and end of each session, and on the PPL and LPL websites. If you are in need of immediate support, call Maine Crisis Services 1-888-568-1112 or text NAMI Maine’s Teen Support Line at (207) 515-8398.

About the Book:

The Last True Poets of the Sea: Inspired loosely by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, teenaged Violet is shipped off to Maine after her brother’s hospitalization, where she searches for the lost shipwreck that her great-great grandmother survived and for answers about her family’s long struggle with mental illness, all while falling in love.

About the Author:

Julia Drake grew up outside Philadelphia. As a teenager, she played some of Shakespeare’s best heroines in her high school theater program and their stories would stay with her forever. She received her BA in Spanish from Williams College, and her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, where she also taught writing to first-year students. She currently works as a book coach for aspiring writers and teaches creative writing classes for Writopia Lab, a nonprofit that fosters love of writing in young adults. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner and their rescue rabbit, Ned.

About Our Community Partner:

Through support, education, and advocacy NAMI Maine is dedicated to building better lives for the 1 in 4 Mainers who are affected by mental illness.

NAMI is a grassroots, volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping everyone affected by mental health disorders. They are a resource for people living with mental illness, for family members and friends who have a loved one who is ill, for veterans and their family members, for community members and for schools, agencies, organizations and other mental health professionals.

A good place to start is to call their toll-free Help Line (1-800-464-5767). Trained staff will answer your call and can provide information, referrals, resource materials and support.

For more resources and more information, visit


About the Series » Read Your Mind: Teen Mental Health Series


Read Your Mind: Exploring Mental Health in Teen Books is a monthly, virtual series focusing on teen mental health & wellness. Featuring YA authors and community health experts, we hope to explore complex and common health concerns through the vehicle of Teen books. 

All Read Your Mind sessions:

  • Will take place live on Zoom, the last Wednesday of every month @ 12 PM*;
  • Focus on a particular and unique youth mental health topic;
  • Feature authors of fiction and nonfiction books for teens;
  • Feature a community support partner with expertise in the mental health topics covered in each book;
  • Will leave time for anonymous audience Q&A;
  • Are intended for teenagers and adults who work with teens;
  • Will be recorded and made available for future viewing.

For information on individual events, please see the calendar entries below. We’ll be adding more events as the school year continues so check back soon!

The Read Your Mind series is brought to you by a partnership between the Portland Public Teen Library, the Lewiston Public Teen Library, Print: A Bookstore, and many local community partners who work with young people. Visit Print Bookstore if you would like to purchase any of the books featured in this series.

Questions about this series can be sent to