Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Read Around Maine: an online book club
Read Around Maine
On December 17, The Maine Sunday Telegram/Portland Press Herald announced that the paper is launching an online book club tied to works featured on the Literary Map of Maine. The first selection, chosen through online voting is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. This collection of thirteen stories features a retired teacher in Coastal Maine and her presence in the lives of ordinary people. The stories are described in by Publisher's Weekly as as " a heart-wrenching, penetrating portrait of the of ordinary coastal Mainers living lives of quiet grief intermingled with flashes of human connection." Kirkus Reviews describes Strout's prose as luminous and Library Journal features the book as a notable book of the year. The book club begins in January and each month will feature a new book.
About the Literary Map of Maine Literary Map of Maine
The Literary Map of Maine is a partnership between the Maine Sunday Telegram and several Maine libraries and humanities groups. Readers were asked to nominate Maine books and authors. A committee narrowed the list of reader-submitted titles and their own nominations to 50 places. The committee also annotated the titles and added selected quotes from the books. A print version of the map was published in the Aug. 31, 2008 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram. That version was a starting point and the online version continues to grow. You can still nominate books for the Literary Map of Maine. Submit your ideas to the map