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Longfellow Books

1 Federal Street / 1 Monument Way
Portland, ME 04101

United States

207-772-4045; infolongfellowbooks.com

Type: Bookstore — new books, used books

Web site: http://www.longfellowbooks.com/

Events: http://longfellow.indiebound.com/event

Twitter account: @longfellowbooks

Description: Longfellow's true address is 1 Monument Way, but Google won't map it to that location correctly, so I have chosen very near it instead.

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Well, there aren't sellers anymore—just one, unfortunately.
January 2010 by timspalding
I didn't realize when I moved out of Maine that one of the things I would miss most were the independent book sellers. These are gems in a beautiful city.
July 2009 by ehough75
Longfellow is my favorite bookstore in Portland! I like the people, the atmosphere, and of course the selection of books.
February 2009 by jayde1599
The nice people who work for Longfellow were one of the reasons my wife and I moved to Portland, ME. Three cheers for Longfellow!
March 2008 by timspalding

Upcoming events

Oct
6
Affiliate Artists Longfellow's Shorts: Susan Conley *at Portland Stage* (Monday, October 6 at 7pm)
Longfellow's Shorts: An Evening with Susan Conley Monday, October 6th, 7:00pm at Portland Stage The Portland Stage Affiliate Artists present and participate in a diverse range of programs each season, dedicated to exploring new theatrical works, bringing the written word to the stage, and welcoming the community into the theater. The series of Longfellow’s Shorts author events presenting readings, commentary and questions with contemporary authors. Join the Portland Stage Affiliate Artists as they read selections from acclaimed author Susan Conley's newest book, Paris Was the Place, and from works that have had an influence on her writing. There will be a discussion and book signing with Susan following the reading. Susan's books will be available for sale. Visit Portland Stage for more information on this event and to view other upcoming events.

Location: Street: 25A Forest Avenue Additional: Portland Stage Mainstage City: Portland, Province: Maine Postal Code: 04101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
9
Allan Levinsky: The Night the Sky Turned Red *at Longfellow Books* (Thursday, October 9 at 7pm)
The Night the Sky Turned Red by Allan Levinsky Thursday, October 9th, 7:00pm at Longfellow Books

It was July 4th, 1866, and Portland, Maine’s population was just beginning to unwind after the Civil War. The weather had been very warm and dry but everyone was looking forward to celebrating. There were many activities scheduled to keep the celebrants entertained, everything from a parade to the best fireworks display ever. The city was overflowing with visitors from all around the state and business was brisk. Little did the crowds know what fate had planned on that festive day. Late that afternoon, a young boy casually lit a firecracker in front of a woodworker's shop and not thinking, tossed the explosive into the shop’s yard that was covered with dry wood shavings. The result was the largest urban fire in the history of the United States to that time. The Night the Sky Turned Red tells the story of this great conflagration through the eyes and voices of those who lived through one of the country’s greatest disasters. Allan Levinsky, a Portland native, is a graduate of the University of Maine. He is the author of At Home with the General, about Maine's Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain; A Short History of Portland; and The Night the Sky Turned Red, about the great Portland Fire of 1866. He works for the Maine Historical Society as a guide at the boyhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and has served as a volunteer for other historical organizations in Maine. Join us to hear all about this incredible piece of our Portland history, ask your questions and get your books signed!

It was July 4th, 1866, and Portland, Maine’s population was just beginning to unwind after the Civil War. The weather had been very warm and dry but everyone was looking forward to celebrating. There were many activities scheduled to keep the celebrants entertained, everything from a parade to the best fireworks display ever. The city was overflowing with visitors from all around the state and business was brisk. Little did the crowds know what fate had planned on that festive day. Late that afternoon, a young boy casually lit a firecracker in front of a woodworker's shop and not thinking, tossed the explosive into the shop’s yard that was covered with dry wood shavings. The result was the largest urban fire in the history of the United States to that time. The Night the Sky Turned Red tells the story of this great conflagration through the eyes and voices of those who lived through one of the country’s greatest disasters. Allan Levinsky, a Portland native, is a graduate of the University of Maine. He is the author of At Home with the General, about Maine's Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain; A Short History of Portland; and The Night the Sky Turned Red, about the great Portland Fire of 1866. He works for the Maine Historical Society as a guide at the boyhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and has served as a volunteer for other historical organizations in Maine. Join us to hear all about this incredible piece of our Portland history, ask your questions and get your books signed!

Location: Street: One Monument Way City: Portland, Province: Maine Postal Code: 04101-4078 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
14
Bill Roorbach: Remedy for Love *at Longfellow Books* (Tuesday, October 14 at 7pm)
Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach Tuesday, October 14th, 7:00pm at Longfellow Books They’re calling for the “Storm of the Century,” and in western Maine, that means something. So Eric closes his law office early and heads to the grocery store. But when an unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in line comes up short on cash, a kind of old-school charity takes hold of his heart—twenty bucks and a ride home; that’s the least he can do.

Trouble is, Danielle doesn’t really have a home. She’s squatting in a cabin deep in the woods: no electricity, no plumbing, no heat. Eric, with troubles—and secrets—of his own, tries to walk away but finds he can’t. She’ll need food, water, and firewood, and that’s just to get her through the storm: there’s a whole long winter ahead.

Resigned to help, fending off her violent mistrust of him, he gets her set up, departs with relief, and climbs back to the road, but—winds howling, snow mounting—he finds his car missing, phone inside. In desperation, he returns to the cabin. Danielle’s terrified, then merely enraged. And as the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to ride it out together.

Intensely moving, frequently funny, The Remedy for Love is a harrowing story about the truths we reveal when there is no time or space for artifice.

“A superbly grown-up love story ... Lyrical, reserved and sometimes unsettling ... Another expertly delivered portrait of the world from Roorbach, that poet of hopeless tangles.” -Kirkus Reviews “The Remedy for Love is not the remedy for sleep deprivation. You’ll stay up all night ... It is relentless and brilliant. Leave it to Roorbach to tease out the subtlest nuances in the progress of love while stoking a tale that is as gripping as any Everest expedition--and that is also tender and terrifying and funny and, in the end, so true it seems inevitable. I’m not sure there’s another American writing today who can lay down a love story, or any story, with the depth and appeal and freshness of Bill Roorbach.” -Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars

Bill Roorbach is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend; Into Woods; Temple Stream; and most recently, the bestselling Life Among Giants. The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, Writing Life Stories, is used in writing programs around the world. His work has been published in Harper's, the Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, and dozens of other magazines and journals. Life Among Giants was an Editor's Pick for Amazon's Best 2012, a Shelf Awareness Top Ten Best Fiction for 2012, and a winner of the Maine Literary Award for Fiction. Join us for an evening with one of Maine's top literary talents (and one of our favorite people here at Longfellow Books), Bill Roorbach, ask your questions and get your books signed! Trust us, not only are his books amazing but any night with Bill is sure to be filled with some serious belly laughing as well! They’re calling for the “Storm of the Century,” and in western Maine, that means something. So Eric closes his law office early and heads to the grocery store. But when an unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in line comes up short on cash, a kind of old-school charity takes hold of his heart—twenty bucks and a ride home; that’s the least he can do.

Trouble is, Danielle doesn’t really have a home. She’s squatting in a cabin deep in the woods: no electricity, no plumbing, no heat. Eric, with troubles—and secrets—of his own, tries to walk away but finds he can’t. She’ll need food, water, and firewood, and that’s just to get her through the storm: there’s a whole long winter ahead.

Resigned to help, fending off her violent mistrust of him, he gets her set up, departs with relief, and climbs back to the road, but—winds howling, snow mounting—he finds his car missing, phone inside. In desperation, he returns to the cabin. Danielle’s terrified, then merely enraged. And as the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to ride it out together.

Intensely moving, frequently funny, The Remedy for Love is a harrowing story about the truths we reveal when there is no time or space for artifice.

“A superbly grown-up love story ... Lyrical, reserved and sometimes unsettling ... Another expertly delivered portrait of the world from Roorbach, that poet of hopeless tangles.” -Kirkus Reviews “The Remedy for Love is not the remedy for sleep deprivation. You’ll stay up all night ... It is relentless and brilliant. Leave it to Roorbach to tease out the subtlest nuances in the progress of love while stoking a tale that is as gripping as any Everest expedition--and that is also tender and terrifying and funny and, in the end, so true it seems inevitable. I’m not sure there’s another American writing today who can lay down a love story, or any story, with the depth and appeal and freshness of Bill Roorbach.” -Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars

Bill Roorbach is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend; Into Woods; Temple Stream; and most recently, the bestselling Life Among Giants. The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, Writing Life Stories, is used in writing programs around the world. His work has been published in Harper's, the Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, and dozens of other magazines and journals. Life Among Giants was an Editor's Pick for Amazon's Best 2012, a Shelf Awareness Top Ten Best Fiction for 2012, and a winner of the Maine Literary Award for Fiction. Join us for an evening with one of Maine's top literary talents (and one of our favorite people here at Longfellow Books), Bill Roorbach, ask your questions and get your books signed! Trust us, not only are his books amazing but any night with Bill is sure to be filled with some serious belly laughing as well!

Location: Street: One Monument Way City: Portland, Province: Maine Postal Code: 04101-4078 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
16
Baron Wormser: Teach Us that Peace *at Longfellow Books* (Thursday, October 16 at 7pm)
Teach Us That Peace by Baron Wormser Thursday, October 16th, 7:00pm at Longfellow Books Teach Us That Peace opens a door on a dramatic American moment when a vision of racial harmony began to be more than a dream. From the summer of 1962, when the powers in Albany, Georgia, stymie Martin Luther King Jr. and aerial photographs first reveal missiles in Cuba, to the March on Washington in August, 1963, Susan and Arthur Mermelstein, mother and son, high school English teacher and high school student, journey from sheltered innocence through the contradictions and complexities of race, politics, and history. With humor,tenderness, and candor Teach Us That Peace captures the vivid darkness and fraught determination of a time when apocalypse was tangible and convulsive protest a constant presence. The Baltimore that Susan and Arthur inhabit is supremely local yet anywhere in the United States where people started to look twice at what they had taken too long for granted.

"Wormser, a poet, has a miraculous ability to evoke a sense of time and place, and he adeptly conjures a Baltimore 'emphatically below the Mason-Dixon line' with gorgeous prose and thorough scholarship."-Kirkus Reviews The author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and former poet laureate of the state of Maine, Baron Wormser has received the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry and the Kathryn A. Morton Prize along with fellowships from Bread Loaf, the National Endowment for the Arts,and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Wormser teaches in the Fairfield University MFA Program and lives in Cabot, Vermont. Join us to hear Baron read from his novel, ask your questions and get your books signed! Teach Us That Peace opens a door on a dramatic American moment when a vision of racial harmony began to be more than a dream. From the summer of 1962, when the powers in Albany, Georgia, stymie Martin Luther King Jr. and aerial photographs first reveal missiles in Cuba, to the March on Washington in August, 1963, Susan and Arthur Mermelstein, mother and son, high school English teacher and high school student, journey from sheltered innocence through the contradictions and complexities of race, politics, and history. With humor,tenderness, and candor Teach Us That Peace captures the vivid darkness and fraught determination of a time when apocalypse was tangible and convulsive protest a constant presence. The Baltimore that Susan and Arthur inhabit is supremely local yet anywhere in the United States where people started to look twice at what they had taken too long for granted.

"Wormser, a poet, has a miraculous ability to evoke a sense of time and place, and he adeptly conjures a Baltimore 'emphatically below the Mason-Dixon line' with gorgeous prose and thorough scholarship."-Kirkus Reviews The author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and former poet laureate of the state of Maine, Baron Wormser has received the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry and the Kathryn A. Morton Prize along with fellowships from Bread Loaf, the National Endowment for the Arts,and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Wormser teaches in the Fairfield University MFA Program and lives in Cabot, Vermont. Join us to hear Baron read from his novel, ask your questions and get your books signed!

Location: Street: One Monument Way City: Portland, Province: Maine Postal Code: 04101-4078 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
21
Kathryn Miles: Superstorm *at Longfellow Books* (Tuesday, October 21 at 7pm)
Superstorm by Kathryn Miles Tuesday, October 21st, 7:00pm at Longfellow Books The first complete moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded—a hurricane like no other. The sky was lit by a full moon on October 29, 2012, but nobody on the eastern seaboard of the United States could see it. Everything had been consumed by cloud. The storm’s immensity caught the attention of scientists on the International Space Station. Even from there, it seemed almost limitless: 1.8 million square feet of tightly coiled bands so huge they filled the windows of the Station. It was the largest storm anyone had ever seen. Initially a tropical storm, Sandy had grown into a hybrid monster. It charged across open ocean, picking up strength with every step, baffling meteorologists and scientists, officials and emergency managers, even the traditional maritime wisdom of sailors and seamen: What exactly was this thing? By the time anyone decided, it was too late.

Superstorm exhumes a recent epic disaster from our denial-shortened memories and slams it back where it belongs, in all its amazing fury: a screaming alert, dead ahead, to brace for what may be next if we keep messing with nature. This is first-rate, exhaustive reporting, and a ripping read.” -Alan Weisman, New York Times bestselling author of The World Without Us

"A splendid account." -- Simon Winchester, author of The Men Who United the States Kathryn Miles is the author of All Standing, and Adventures With Ari. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications including Best American Essays, Between Song and Story, Ecotone, History, How To Write About Anything, Outside, and Popular Mechanics. Miles currently serves as writer-in-residence for Green Mountain College and as a faculty member for Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program. She is also a scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council and a member of the Terrain.org editorial board. She lives with her family in Portland, Maine. Join us to get the inside scoop on Sandy from super reporter/author Kathryn Miles, ask your questions and get your books signed! The first complete moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded—a hurricane like no other. The sky was lit by a full moon on October 29, 2012, but nobody on the eastern seaboard of the United States could see it. Everything had been consumed by cloud. The storm’s immensity caught the attention of scientists on the International Space Station. Even from there, it seemed almost limitless: 1.8 million square feet of tightly coiled bands so huge they filled the windows of the Station. It was the largest storm anyone had ever seen. Initially a tropical storm, Sandy had grown into a hybrid monster. It charged across open ocean, picking up strength with every step, baffling meteorologists and scientists, officials and emergency managers, even the traditional maritime wisdom of sailors and seamen: What exactly was this thing? By the time anyone decided, it was too late.

Superstorm exhumes a recent epic disaster from our denial-shortened memories and slams it back where it belongs, in all its amazing fury: a screaming alert, dead ahead, to brace for what may be next if we keep messing with nature. This is first-rate, exhaustive reporting, and a ripping read.” -Alan Weisman, New York Times bestselling author of The World Without Us

"A splendid account." -- Simon Winchester, author of The Men Who United the States Kathryn Miles is the author of All Standing, and Adventures With Ari. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications including Best American Essays, Between Song and Story, Ecotone, History, How To Write About Anything, Outside, and Popular Mechanics. Miles currently serves as writer-in-residence for Green Mountain College and as a faculty member for Chatham University’s low-residency MFA program. She is also a scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council and a member of the Terrain.org editorial board. She lives with her family in Portland, Maine. Join us to get the inside scoop on Sandy from super reporter/author Kathryn Miles, ask your questions and get your books signed!

Location: Street: One Monument Way City: Portland, Province: Maine Postal Code: 04101-4078 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
23
Kate Flora: And Grant You Peace *at Longfellow Books* (Thursday, October 23 at 7pm)
And Grant You Peace & Death Dealer by Kate Flora Thursday, October 23rd, 7:00pm at Longfellow Books Death Dealer is the true story of a police investigation in Miramichi, New Brunswick, into a resident’s mysterious disappearance. It pulls readers directly into a tense and complex, real-life search as cops and, ultimately, game wardens from the neighboring state of Maine with cadaver dogs, painstakingly make their way through scarce evidence, frightened witnesses, and forbidding terrain to uncover the victim’s body and bring a killer to justice. -------------

And Grant You Peace is the 4th book in the Joe Burgess mystery series finds Burgess pulled inadvertently into a case rife with religious tensions after finding a young mother and a baby locked in a closet inside a burning mosque. His search for answers leads him to an outlaw motorcycle gang, a fishing boat captain who may be supplementing his income with illegal activities, and an immigrant community suspicious of the police. The professional becomes the personal when his family is threatened and he faces the prospect that the “normal” life he’s begun to establish may be coming to an explosive end.

Award-winning mystery and true crime writer Kate Flora is the author of 14 books, including the true crime story Death Dealer and the novel And Grant You Peace, both forthcoming in the fall of 2014. Her book Finding Amy (true crime), co-written with a Portland, Maine deputy police chief, was a 2007 Edgar Award nominee. Kate’s other titles include the Thea Kozak mysteries and the starred-review Joe Burgess police series, the third of which, Redemption, won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.

A former assistant attorney general in the areas of battered children and employment discrimination, Kate is a founding member the New England Crime Bake and Maine Crime Wave conferences, a founder of Level Best Books where she worked as an editor and publisher for seven years. She has served as international president of Sisters in Crime. When she’s not riding an ATV through the Canadian woods or hiding in a tick-infested field waiting to be found by search and rescue dogs as research for her books, she can be found teaching writing at Grub Street in Boston. Join us for this Maine mystery double beader, ask your questions and get your books signed! Death Dealer is the true story of a police investigation in Miramichi, New Brunswick, into a resident’s mysterious disappearance. It pulls readers directly into a tense and complex, real-life search as cops and, ultimately, game wardens from the neighboring state of Maine with cadaver dogs, painstakingly make their way through scarce evidence, frightened witnesses, and forbidding terrain to uncover the victim’s body and bring a killer to justice. -------------

And Grant You Peace is the 4th book in the Joe Burgess mystery series finds Burgess pulled inadvertently into a case rife with religious tensions after finding a young mother and a baby locked in a closet inside a burning mosque. His search for answers leads him to an outlaw motorcycle gang, a fishing boat captain who may be supplementing his income with illegal activities, and an immigrant community suspicious of the police. The professional becomes the personal when his family is threatened and he faces the prospect that the “normal” life he’s begun to establish may be coming to an explosive end.

Award-winning mystery and true crime writer Kate Flora is the author of 14 books, including the true crime story Death Dealer and the novel And Grant You Peace, both forthcoming in the fall of 2014. Her book Finding Amy (true crime), co-written with a Portland, Maine deputy police chief, was a 2007 Edgar Award nominee. Kate’s other titles include the Thea Kozak mysteries and the starred-review Joe Burgess police series, the third of which, Redemption, won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.

A former assistant attorney general in the areas of battered children and employment discrimination, Kate is a founding member the New England Crime Bake and Maine Crime Wave conferences, a founder of Level Best Books where she worked as an editor and publisher for seven years. She has served as international president of Sisters in Crime. When she’s not riding an ATV through the Canadian woods or hiding in a tick-infested field waiting to be found by search and rescue dogs as research for her books, she can be found teaching writing at Grub Street in Boston. Join us for this Maine mystery double beader, ask your questions and get your books signed!

Location: Street: One Monument Way City: Portland, Province: Maine Postal Code: 04101-4078 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
28
John Searles will be promoting Help for the Haunted (Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm)
John Searles will be promoting Help for the Haunted (added from HarperCollins)
Oct
30
Keith Donoghue: The Boy Who Drew Monsters *at Longfellow Books* (Thursday, October 30 at 7pm)
The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donoghue Thursday, October 30th, 7:00pm at Longfellow Books From the New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child comes a hypnotic literary horror novel about a young boy trapped inside his own world, whose drawings blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His mother, Holly, begins to hear strange sounds in the night coming from the ocean, and she seeks answers from the local Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper, who fill her head with stories of shipwrecks and ghosts. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. And the boy’s only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. While those around Jack Peter are haunted by what they think they see, only he knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all. In the tradition of The Turn of the Screw, Keith Donohue’s The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a mesmerizing tale of psychological terror and imagination run wild, a perfectly creepy read for a dark night.

"Donohue's writing is as evocative as Jack Peter's drawings, both startling and heavy with emotion... A sterling example of the new breed of horror: unnerving and internal with just the right number of bumps in the night." -Kirkus Reviews "It will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Keith Donohue manages to peer into the darkest nightmares of childhood and beckon forth the monsters from the closet...Atmospheric and haunting. The Boy Who Drew Monsters is all the more chilling because it is grounded in real family life, with its heartbreaks and tenderness." -Eowyn Ivey, New York Times bestselling author of The Snow Child "Both an eerie, engrossing tale of the supernatural, with a sting in its tale, and a superb evocation of troubled youth. The Boy Who Drew Monsters reminds us that there is no rage like the rage of children..."-John Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Things

Keith Donohue is the national bestselling author of the novels The Stolen Child, The Angels of Destruction, and Centuries of June. His work has been translated into two dozen languages, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. A graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Donohue also holds a Ph.D. in English from The Catholic University of America. He lives in Maryland. Join us for a chilling pre-Halloween night with Keith, ask your questions and get your books signed! From the New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child comes a hypnotic literary horror novel about a young boy trapped inside his own world, whose drawings blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His mother, Holly, begins to hear strange sounds in the night coming from the ocean, and she seeks answers from the local Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper, who fill her head with stories of shipwrecks and ghosts. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. And the boy’s only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. While those around Jack Peter are haunted by what they think they see, only he knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all. In the tradition of The Turn of the Screw, Keith Donohue’s The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a mesmerizing tale of psychological terror and imagination run wild, a perfectly creepy read for a dark night.

"Donohue's writing is as evocative as Jack Peter's drawings, both startling and heavy with emotion... A sterling example of the new breed of horror: unnerving and internal with just the right number of bumps in the night." -Kirkus Reviews "It will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Keith Donohue manages to peer into the darkest nightmares of childhood and beckon forth the monsters from the closet...Atmospheric and haunting. The Boy Who Drew Monsters is all the more chilling because it is grounded in real family life, with its heartbreaks and tenderness." -Eowyn Ivey, New York Times bestselling author of The Snow Child "Both an eerie, engrossing tale of the supernatural, with a sting in its tale, and a superb evocation of troubled youth. The Boy Who Drew Monsters reminds us that there is no rage like the rage of children..."-John Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Things

Keith Donohue is the national bestselling author of the novels The Stolen Child, The Angels of Destruction, and Centuries of June. His work has been translated into two dozen languages, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. A graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Donohue also holds a Ph.D. in English from The Catholic University of America. He lives in Maryland. Join us for a chilling pre-Halloween night with Keith, ask your questions and get your books signed!

Location: Street: One Monument Way City: Portland, Province: Maine Postal Code: 04101-4078 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Nov
4
Brock Clarke: The Happiest People in the World *at Longfellow Books* (Tuesday, November 4 at 7pm)
The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke Tuesday, November 4th, 7:00pm at Longfellow Books Take the format of a spy thriller, shape it around real-life incidents involving international terrorism, leaven it with dark, dry humor, toss in a love rectangle, give everybody a gun, and let everything play out in the outer reaches of upstate New York—there you have an idea of Brock Clarke’s new novel, The Happiest People in the World.

Who are “The Happiest People in the World”? Theoretically, it’s all the people who live in Denmark, the country that gave the world Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales and the open-face sandwich. But Denmark is also where some political cartoonists got into very unhappy trouble when they attempted to depict Muhammad in their drawings, which prompted protests, arson, and even assassination attempts. Imagine, then, that one of those cartoonists, given protection through the CIA, is relocated to a small town in upstate New York where he is given a job as a high school guidance counselor. Once there, he manages to fall in love with the wife of the high school principal, who himself is trying to get over the effects of a misguided love affair with the very CIA agent who sent the cartoonist to him. Imagine also that virtually every other person in this tiny town is a CIA operative.

The result is a darkly funny tale of paranoia and the all-American obsession with security and the conspiracies that threaten it, written in a tone that is simultaneously filled with wonder and anger in almost equal parts. “A whiz-bang spy satire bundled in an edgy tale of redemption ... Clarke dazzles with a dizzying study in extremes, cruising at warp speed between bleak and optimistic, laugh-out-loud funny and unbearable sadness. His comedy of errors is impossible to put down.” -Publishers Weekly

“The funniest and smartest novel I have read in years. Yes! I thought, as I read these pages. That’s how you write a good book.” -Hannah Tinti, author The Good Thief

Brock Clarke's hilarious new novel starts out in rural Denmark, then takes us someplace really foreign and utterly weird: upstate New York. The parallel universe Clarke creates there is both our world and not, and like his baffled, yearning characters, we navigate it with surprise and wonder.” -Richard Russo, author of Elsewhere

Brock Clarke is the author of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, which was a national bestseller and has appeared in a dozen foreign editions, and three other books. He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches creative writing at Bowdoin College. Find him online at www.brockclarke.com and join us to hear Brock read from the book we've all been waiting for, ask your questions and get your books signed! Take the format of a spy thriller, shape it around real-life incidents involving international terrorism, leaven it with dark, dry humor, toss in a love rectangle, give everybody a gun, and let everything play out in the outer reaches of upstate New York—there you have an idea of Brock Clarke’s new novel, The Happiest People in the World.

Who are “The Happiest People in the World”? Theoretically, it’s all the people who live in Denmark, the country that gave the world Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales and the open-face sandwich. But Denmark is also where some political cartoonists got into very unhappy trouble when they attempted to depict Muhammad in their drawings, which prompted protests, arson, and even assassination attempts. Imagine, then, that one of those cartoonists, given protection through the CIA, is relocated to a small town in upstate New York where he is given a job as a high school guidance counselor. Once there, he manages to fall in love with the wife of the high school principal, who himself is trying to get over the effects of a misguided love affair with the very CIA agent who sent the cartoonist to him. Imagine also that virtually every other person in this tiny town is a CIA operative.

The result is a darkly funny tale of paranoia and the all-American obsession with security and the conspiracies that threaten it, written in a tone that is simultaneously filled with wonder and anger in almost equal parts. “A whiz-bang spy satire bundled in an edgy tale of redemption ... Clarke dazzles with a dizzying study in extremes, cruising at warp speed between bleak and optimistic, laugh-out-loud funny and unbearable sadness. His comedy of errors is impossible to put down.” -Publishers Weekly

“The funniest and smartest novel I have read in years. Yes! I thought, as I read these pages. That’s how you write a good book.” -Hannah Tinti, author The Good Thief

Brock Clarke's hilarious new novel starts out in rural Denmark, then takes us someplace really foreign and utterly weird: upstate New York. The parallel universe Clarke creates there is both our world and not, and like his baffled, yearning characters, we navigate it with surprise and wonder.” -Richard Russo, author of Elsewhere

Brock Clarke is the author of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, which was a national bestseller and has appeared in a dozen foreign editions, and three other books. He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches creative writing at Bowdoin College. Find him online at www.brockclarke.com and join us to hear Brock read from the book we've all been waiting for, ask your questions and get your books signed!

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