all events at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted
March 26: Michael Miclon
Talk focusing on: Vaudeville in Maine
Michael Miclon is the Executive/Artistic Director of the Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center in Gardiner, and will give a talk called “Vaudeville in Maine,” which connects the history of vaudeville performers in Maine to the state’s rich performing arts culture. Miclon produces over fifty performances annually as well as waterfront concerts and Johnson Hall’s Artist in the Schools program. Michael is also leading the renovation of the second and third floors of the historic Johnson Hall Opera House, due to reopen in 2019. Michael began his career in 1982 at the age of 14 as an apprentice to Benny and Denise Reehl of the New England New Vaudeville Revue, formerly the Buckfield Leather and Lather Traveling Variety Show. Miclon continued study in 1985 with Mime Master Tony Montanaro at the world renowned Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris, Maine. Miclon is known internationally and has performed in theaters across the U.S. and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, the White House, the Keller Theatre in Germany, the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel in Switzerland, and the Fiesta Americana in Italy.
April 30: Wesley McNair
Talk focusing on: The Unfastening: Poems
The Library will celebrate National Poetry Month by hosting Maine’s former poet laureate Wesley McNair. During his five-year term as poet laureate, McNair launched five statewide initiatives in partnership with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. “All of them have the same motive,” he says, “which is to make poetry part of the cultural life we all share.” McNair, who has twice been invited to read his poems at the Library of Congress, will read from his newly released poetry collection, “The Unfastening.” McNair has won numerous awards for his poetry over the years, including Rockefeller and Guggenheim fellowships, and a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America’s “finest living artists.”
May 28: Susan Conley
Talk focusing on: Elsey Come Home
Susan Conley is a native of Maine whose work has been published in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Paris Review, the Harvard Review and The North American Review. As an editor at Ploughshares Magazine in Boston, she wrote book reviews and profiles. She has also taught creative writing and literature at several colleges including Emerson College, Simmons College, The University of New England, and within Harvard’s Teachers as Writers Program. She currently teaches at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program and is the Jack Kerouac Visiting Writer at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
“Elsey Come Home” is Susan’s second novel, and fourth book. Is is described as a dynamic portrait of contemporary womanhood, with themes of addiction, marriage, and motherhood. The Bailey Title Waves Book Group will also discuss the novel on Wednesday, May 15th at 6:00pm, and all are invited.
June 25: Leonard Kalkwarf
Talk focusing on: Exploring the Libraries of the U.S. Presidents
Kalkwarf was a parish minister and served congregations for more than fifty years in New York, Pennsylvania, and Kuwait. He earned a doctorate from Princeton and received an honorary doctorate from Central College in Pella, Iowa, his alma mater. He is listed in Who’s Who in America. He lives in Springfield, Virginia with his wife Beverly, and spends his summers at his cottage in Readfield, Maine.
Kalkwarf began his hobby of studying presidential history when he retired. Since 2006, he and his wife, Beverly, have visited all thirteen presidential libraries and have also visited one or more historical sites associated with each of the former forty-three presidents. He regularly gives lectures on past presidents. Since January 2010, he has been a White House volunteer in the Presidential Correspondence Department.
July 23: Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Talk focusing on: Paper Things
Jacobson is the author of many award-winning books including “Small as an Elephant” (Parents’ Choice Gold Award), and “The Dollar Kids” (Indie Next List and Amazon Book of the Month). A graduate of Lesley College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Jacobson has taught preschool through sixth grade, and has served as Curriculum Coordinator, Head of Studies, and Language Arts Specialist in several schools. Jacobson is a three-time winner of the Lupine Award for Young Readers, lives in Maine with her husband and dog, and when not writing, provides coaching services for writers. “Paper Things” won the International Reading Association’s Social Justice Literature Award and was named the Best Book of the Year by Bank Street College.
August 27: Laurie Apgar Chandler
Talk focusing on: Upwards: The Story of the First Woman to Solo Thru-Paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
In the summer of 2015, at age 53, Laurie Apgar Chandler became the first woman to solo thru-paddle New England’s 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Her memoir “Upwards” provides one of the most comprehensive looks yet at the NFCT, the country’s longest mapped inland paddling trail. Her story of achieving an improbable dream combines inspiration with a down-to-earth account of the joys and challenges, nature and people of this historic route. Chandler holds degrees in biology and forestry and worked for many years as a research forester. She is the author of numerous scientific publications. She lives year-round in Maine, sharing her parents’ log cabin in Bremen, and enjoys swimming, canoeing, hiking, and snowshoeing.
September 24: The Beet Poets (Poetry & Live Music)
The Beet Poets present an evening of poetry, storytelling and music at the Bailey Library.
The Beet Poets are friends and neighbors Claire Hersom, David Moreau, Jay Franzel, Stan Davis and Brian Kavanah. Hersom, Moreau and Franzel will be reading their poetry, followed by Davis and Kavanah performing a story accompanied with music. Hersom lives in Winthrop and serves on the Board of Directors for Maine Equal Justice Partners; Moreau’s poetry has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac produced by American Public Media, and lives in Wayne; Franzel is a New York City native who teaches in Winthrop and lives in Wayne, and recently received a grant from the Maine Arts Commission for a poetry manuscript in progress; Davis is a musician and storyteller from Wayne, who recently retired as a family therapist and school counselor and continues to speak all over the world about bullying prevention; Kavanah, from Readfield, also performs with Davis as one half of the popular duo “Hurry Down Sunshine.”
October 22: Joan Dempsey
Talk focusing on: This Is How It Begins
Joan Dempsey received her MFA degree and teaching certificate in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She was the recipient of a research grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation for her work on “This Is How It Begins,” a grant that took her to Warsaw and Washington, D.C. to study in the archives at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her writing has been published in “The Adirondack Review,” “Alligator Juniper,” “Obsidian,” and “Plenitude Magazine,” and aired on National Public Radio. She lives in Maine with her partner and their family of animals.
December 7: Winthrop Handbell Ringers | 1:30pm
The popular Winthrop Handbell Ringers will give a holiday themed concert in the King Event Room. The Handbell Ringers have performed together for over 25 years, and will perform a medley of holiday favorites.