Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

Courtesy: Michael-Thomas Foumai

PORTLAND, Maine - Tonight in Portland is the world premiere of a new piece of music dedicated to Beethoven. The Portland Symphony commissioned the work as part of its 90th anniversary celebration series.

BRADENTON, Fla. - Author Stephen King came to southwest Florida to support local libraries.

The Library Foundation supporting the Manatee County Public Library System asked King to speak Thursday at an annual author event. The Herald reports that $200 tickets for King's talk sold out, and the foundation met its $100,000 fundraising goal. The money will help fund a new library computer system.

Courtesy: Orly Genger

PORTLAND, Maine - A New York-based artist has become an unlikely source of revenue for a lot of Maine lobstermen. Internationally-renowned sculptor Orly Genger makes massive works of art using rope - particularly discarded lobster line.

PARIS, Maine — A Maine jeweler says a piece of apatite he is cutting is the largest apatite gemstone ever found in North America.

The Sun Journal reports Dennis Creaser of Paris, Maine, says the purple gemstone weighed 65.5 carats when it arrived in his store. A Connecticut mineral dealer hired him to cut the gem after obtaining it when a collector in that state died. The apatite came from Pulsifer Quarry in Auburn, Maine, where it was mined.

Courtesy Lily King

YARMOUTH, Maine - Yarmouth author Lily King says she was "completely surprised, and thrilled, and extremely honored" by her nomination for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle award.

"Some of my very favorite writers are on that list," she says, "so it's truly thrilling to be a part of it."

Those writers include Chang-rae Lee for "Such a Full Sea," Marlon James for "A Brief History of Seven Killings," Rabih Alameddine for "An Unnecessary Woman," and Marilynne Robinson for "Lila."