Maine Calling Book Club

Current Maine Calling Book Club Selection:

October: "Carrie" by Stephen King
Maine Calling show date: noon to 1 pm Thursday, October 30

Future Maine Calling Book Club Selections:

November: "Sparta" by Roxana Robinson

Maine Calling show date: noon to 1 pm Wednesday, November 26

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 mainecallingbookclub@mpbn.net. Let’s get reading!

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

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9:51 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Maine Calling Book Club - "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout

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Join us for a discussion of Elizabeth Strout's award-winning book "Olive Kitteridge."  It's a series of intertwining short stories set in a fictional coastal Maine town.  An HBO mini-series based on the book premiers later this fall. 

Guests:  Mary Pols, Feature writer for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Today, not entirely reformed movie/book critic, author of 'Accidentally on Purpose.'

Susan M. Preece, Director, Topsham Public Library

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2:39 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Maine Calling Book Club: "August Gale" by Barbara Walsh

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This month the discussion takes up Barbara Walsh's memoir "August Gale - A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm." It reads like fiction and tells the story of a fisherman fighting an unforgiving sea, a father who abandons his son, family secrets and reconciliation.

GUESTS: Jon Keller, author of the novel "Of Sea and Cloud." He's worked on lobster boats and now works as a clam digger.

Linda Oliver, Head of Reference at the Bangor Public Library

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12:34 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Memoir Writing 101

Memoir Writing 101

By their very definition, memoirs are books any and all of us can write. Here in Maine, it seems like a lot of us are putting pen to paper - or finger to laptop - to collect and share stories from our past. Talking about their memoirs and the craft of memoir writing -

Elizabeth Peavey, author of "My Mother's Clothes"

Helen Peppe, author of "Pigs Can't Swim"

Jaed Coffin, author of "A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants"

This program was originally broadcast on April 28, 2104.

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1:38 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Maine Calling Book Club: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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The Maine Calling tackles its first kids' book.  Geared toward middle school readers, Wonder by R.J. Palacio tells the story of a 10-year old boy named August with severe facial deformities heading off to school for the first time.

Guests:

Josh Christie is the author of Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland. He is a bookseller at Sherman’s Books in Portland and co-founder of the podcast Bookrageous.

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4:15 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

'Orphan Train' by Christina Baker Kline

  "Orphan Train" is Christina Baker Kline's breakout novel. The author - who grew up in Maine and comes back each year - has written four books, but this is the first to really take off, selling more than 800,000 copies. It spent 30 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. The novel interweaves the story of two protagonists - Molly, a teenage girl of Penobscot Indian heritage living in a foster home, and Vivian, a wealthy elderly woman whose childhood was also marked by displacement and loss.

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