Maine Calling Book Club

Upcoming Maine Calling Book Club Selections:

Thursday, September 24: "Closer All the Time" by Jim Nichols

Author Monica Wood  had this to say about the book:  "His men and boys become so real, I feel as if I know what it might have been like to grow up surrounded by brothers.  Nichols is one of my favorite writers."

Credit Islandport Press

Past Maine Calling Book Club Selections:

January: The Works of E.B. White

Thursday, Jan. 29

February: "The Giver" by Lois Lowry 

Thursday, Feb. 26

March: "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller

Thursday, March 26

April: "Euphoria" by Lily King

Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, April 30

May: “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande

Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, May 28

June: "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

Noon - 1 p.m. Thursday June 25

July: "Ernie's Ark" by Monica Wood

Noon - 1 p.m. Thursday July 30


We are excited to launch the Maine Calling Book Club and hope that you will take part in our discussions of books you know and love, and books you've always wanted to read. It should be fun! The Maine Calling Book Club takes place the last Thursday of every month. Our host and panelists will discuss the month's selection, and we really want to hear from you.

Our book selection criteria? Each title should be available in paperback and it should spark a good conversation. Some books will have a Maine connection and some won't (we are hoping to cover some classics!). We’d love your participation, your input, and your suggestions about how to make the Book Club a success. Feel free to suggest future books we should consider. Send your comments and suggestions to Let’s get reading!

Take part in the Maine Calling Book Club and join the conversation!

Our book club reconvenes to discuss a novel that's been compared to Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize winner 'Olive Kitteridge.'

The Maine Calling Book Club discusses Monica Wood's collection of interconnected short stories about the fictional mill town of Abbott Falls, "Ernie's Ark."


Gibson Fay-Leblanc: writer, teacher and Portland Poet Laureate. His first book of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist, won the Vassar Miller Prize and was published in 2012.

Christine Marshall: artistic director of the Mad Horse Theater Company

The Maine Calling Book Club reconvenes to discuss Harper Lee's classic 'To Kill A Mockingbird."

Guests: Ron Schneider: attorney with Bernstein Shur who specializes in employment and health care law but has practiced criminal defense as well.  He has a bachelor of arts degree from Bates College.

Sandra Thompson: English teacher at Sanford High School.  She has a BA in English and an MA in Education.  She's teachers 'To Kill A Mockingbird' every year.

The Maine Calling Book Club reconvenes to discuss Atul Gawande's best selling book 'Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, and What Matters in the End."

Guests:  Kandyce Powell, Executive Director, Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care
Frank Chessa, Ph.D, Director of Clinical Ethics, Maine Medical Center
Bill Lundgren, adjunct professor of English at Southern Maine Community College and bookseller at Longfellow Books. His book reviews can be found at

The Maine Calling Book Club reconvenes to discuss a classic work of American literature - Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman.'

Guests:   Tom Mikotowicz, Ph.D., Professor of Theatre, School of Performing Arts, UMaine
John F. Mahon, Chair of International Business, Policy and Strategy and Professor of Management, UMaine

Christine Marshall, Artistic Director, Mad Horse Theatre Company.  This weekend is the final weekend of the world premier of ALLIGATOR ROAD, by Maine playwright Callie Kimball