Books in the ‘Brook will kick off its 2019-2020 season with a focus on life on the islands of Casco Bay. Former Great Diamond Island constable Anne Weber and all-island doctor Chuck Radis M.D. of Peaks Island will read from their recent books about the island experience. Anne writes short stories and Chuck is a memoirist. Both books are full of humor and insight into the human condition.
Anne Weber’s first book—Constabulary Tales—is about change, individually and community wide. The community just happens to be a small island off the coast of Maine with a fiercely independent population. The short fictional vignettes describe Fran McNulty’s first experiences in her new home and appointment as Constable. Fran goes on to share some of the cases she investigated.
Based on Anne’s experiences as Constable for four years on Great Diamond Island, the stories give the reader insight into island living and problem solving.
Anne was born on Long Island, New York and moved to Maine in 1995 with many stops in between. She has journaled for many years but began writing short stories after taking a writing course at OLLI Senior College in Portland, ME; two of which have been published. She is currently working on an island mystery.
Dr. Chuck Radis is the author of a collection of essays called Go By Boat about his experience as a general practice physician who served all of the Casco Bay Islands. After completing his internal medicine residency in 1985, he moved to Peaks Island where he practiced at the Island Health Center. In addition to clinic days on Peaks and Chebeague, he traveled to the Diamond Islands, Long, and Cliff Islands, making more than 150 house calls each year.
Although Dr. Radis eventually left his Peaks Island medical practice for fellowship training in rheumatology, he continues to commute year-round on his boat from his home on Peaks Island to the mainland. His children, Kate and Molly, graduated from the Peaks Island grade school and have gone on to health careers of their own. He has been a board member of the Peaks Island Health Center for more than 3 decades.
In recent years, he has focused on Public Health projects in South Sudan and Uganda. A non-profit he co-founded with his wife, Sandi, and son-in-law, Dan Crothers, the Maine-African-Partnership for Social Justice, partners with refugee groups in the Kiryandongo United Nations Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Educational projects have included: traditional birth attendant training, first-aid training, and sanitation and vaccination programs.
Books in the ‘Brook is a reading series founded to support and nurture the local writing and reading community. The October 10 readings will be from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Gathering Room at Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main Street in Westbrook . The event is open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 207-854-0630.