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January 20, 2015:  We'll finish casting my first play, Papermaker, in NYC in March. The run is April 21-May 17 at Portland Stage Company, its closing show of the season. Such a new and gratifying experience for me!  Papermaker began with a staged reading at Mad Horse Theater in South Portland, and then was workshopped at PSC in May 2014. Though playwriting rocks my world at the moment, I am still adding occasional book-club visits to my schedule; if you're interested, see the note a the top of my Scheduled Events page. 

BOOK NEWS: My new novel, The Wakening World, is due out in 2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Title tba. In the meantime, the audio version of When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine. is out, and Readers' Digest selected it as one of "Seven Books You Should Be Listening to Now." The book has finally dropped off the Maine Sunday Telegram bestseller list after 72 weeks. Not a bad run.  The book won the 2012 May Sarton Memoir Award for best woman's memoir published in U.S. and Canada. Also the Maine Literary Award for memoir. It was also the runner-up for the 2012 New England Book Festival Award in autobiography. My favorite reviews for When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine appeared in The New Yorker online (link),  the Boston Globe, Down East Magazine, Reader's Digest, and The Washingtonian, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly, and many other papers and magazines. Lots of other things in the works, so stay tuned.

FANS OF BETTY: For a contemporary glimpse of one of the "characters," you can follow this  (link) to a piece I wrote about my sister Betty for Oprah Magazine. The original title was "Big Sister, Little Sister"; the magazine version (November 2011) title was "What Betty Knows"; and the online version on oprah.com shows up with yet another title. Also, here is a video of Betty's interview with her idol, anchorwoman Kim Block, (link), which aired after I published an essay on their friendship in Yankee Magazine. 

VIDEOS: Bates College picked the book as their "common read" and invited me to speak: (link). On "Bill Green's Maine": (link) a lively interview with a swell guy. Also, Kurt Aldag at PubBuzz.com recorded my appearance at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport, Maine. You can view it in segments here: (link). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt produced this YouTube video of me discussing the book: (link), and WCSH in Portland, ME broadcast this interview for their 207 show: (link).


FOR PUBLIC EVENTS: If you want a speaker for an event, e-mail me on this site. Go to  Scheduled Events  first to propose a date. I'm pretty booked lately, and most book-group visits aren't listed on my calendar.

Thanks for visiting the site, and come back soon! I don't blog, but will make a better effort to keep updating this little pocket of info.

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