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Books in the ‘Brook to feature Poets Linda Aldrich and Edward J. Rielly at Walker Memorial Library on February 13

Books in the ‘Brook will feature two well-known local poets—Linda Aldrich and Edward J. Rielly—at readings on February 13 at Walker Memorial Library.  

Linda Aldrich is Portland’s sixth Poet Laureate. She has published two collections of poetry, Foothold (2008) and March and Mad Women (2012).  Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently, Balancing Act II: An Anthology of 50 Maine Women, published by Littoral Books.  Linda was awarded a Hewnoaks writing residency in 2017, and her poem “Woman-without-Arms” won the Emily Dickinson Award from Universities West Press. A graduate of Vermont College’s MFA program, she co-hosts with Marcia Brown the monthly reading series “Local Buzz” in Cape Elizabeth, now in its ninth year. Linda lives in Portland with her husband, David Miller, and their exceptional dog, Simba. For more information about the poetry of Linda Aldrich, visit her website at https://www.lindaaldrichpoetry.com/.

Edward J. Rielly

Edward J. Rielly is professor emeritus of English and former director of the Writing and Publishing Program at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine.  He is the author or editor of approximately thirty books.  They include a memoir of his childhood (Bread Pudding and Other Memories: A Boyhood on the Farm), children’s picture books, biographies, cultural histories, literary studies, examinations of baseball and football, and many collections of poetry.  His Answers Instead: A Life in Haiku, published by Encircle Publications, is the 2016 recipient of the Mildred Kanterman Memorial Award from the Haiku Society of America.  His most recent books of poetry are Beautiful Lightning: Spiritual Poems in a Difficult World, Some Things Still the Same, and A Bed of Geraniums.  He lives in Westbrook, Maine, with his wife, Jeanne.

Books in the ‘Brook is a free monthly reading series that supports and nurtures the local writing and reading community. The February 13 readings will be from 6-7 p.m. in the Gathering Room at Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main Street in Westbrook. All are welcome!

Maine Crime Writers Coffin and Blood at Books in the ‘Brook on November 14

Bruce Robert Coffin

Books in the ‘Brook will feature two bestselling Maine crime writers—Bruce Robert Coffin and Jen Blood—at readings on November 14 at Walker Memorial Library.  

Bruce Robert Coffin is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron mystery series. A former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations in Portland. Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruce spent four years investigating counter-terrorism cases for the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest award a non-agent can receive. His most recent novel, Beyond the Truth, was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Best Crime Fiction, and winner of Killer Nashville‘s Silver Falchion Award for Best Procedural. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2016.

Bruce is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He is a regular contributor to Murder Books blogs. Bruce is represented by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary. He lives and writes in Maine.

Jen Blood

Jen Blood is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Erin Solomon Mysteries and the Flint K-9 Search and Rescue Mysteries. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine, is a regular blogger with Maine Crime Writers, and is also a certified dog trainer with a special interest in canine nutrition. When not working on her next novel, Jen can be found homesteading in an old New England farmhouse on the Maine Coast with a precocious pup named Marji, the magnificent Maine Coon Magnus, and a lovely bearded man called Ben.

More information about Jen and her books can be found at www.jenblood.com.

The November 14 readings will be from 6-7 p.m. in the Gathering Room at Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main Street in Westbrook.