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A crushing tale, beautifully told

It’s rare that we can put a human face on American foreign policy. And even rarer that the visage belongs to a person who steps willingly into the limelight — though admittedly for other reasons.
 Palpable suffering
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 12, 2013
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The second installment of a thriving Maine literary journal

Volume Two of The New Guard literary review is 140 pages longer than its predecessor, as though its creators decided to demonstrate its growing relevance by gleefully stuffing it with more material.
Mixing old and New
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 24, 2012
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Back to the land

There is an idyllic pull to the homesteading lifestyle, especially when such a back-to-the-land experiment is undertaken on the coast of Maine, where rocky shores abut dense woods and merely breathing the air imparts rural spirit and pluck.
Digging up cathartic childhood memories
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 08, 2011
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Reaching a new frontier

Shetterly's new memoir, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the story of hardships — financial, familial, emotional — not usually the stuff that inspires switching places.
Book of the times
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 11, 2011
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Sarah Braunstein's uncomfortable, beautiful hyperreality

There's an unsettling honesty that spills from Portland author Sarah Braunstein's first novel, The Sweet Relief of Missing Children .
(Bitter)sweet emotion
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 25, 2011
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So you thought you were special

Reading Hannah Holmes's work is enlightening and entertaining — even when it's at its most depressing.
Literati
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 18, 2011


Crash Barry reads Sex, Drugs, and Blueberries at Longfellow Books


Crash Barry has become one of Maine's most distinctive literary personalities. His writing is a cross between the invasive, tell-all social commentary of Chuck Klosterman...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010

Phoebe Potts reads Good Eggs at Longfellow Books


Using the populist medium of independent comix to explore autobiographical themes of fertility and womanhood is Phoebe Potts, who presents and reads from her memoir...
By webteam  |  November 03, 2010
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Further adventures in literary obsession and authenticity with Brock Clarke

Reviewing Brock Clarke's last novel, An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England (Algonquin), three years ago — before the author moved to Portland, started teaching at Bowdoin College, and released his new book, Exley , which he'll read at
Idolatry in Watertown
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 15, 2010
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Where Maine reads

Perhaps the most exciting part of my day working at Longfellow Books was The Spider Incident, which involved said arachnid emerging from a potted plant around 10:30 am to terrorize staff members and scurry, unscathed, underneath a shelf.
A decade into Portland's indie-bookstore movement, brick-and-mortar shops are holding their own
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 01, 2010
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Fall Books Preview: Reading list

Even if you’re not back in the classroom, autumn inspires a desire to learn, to restore the intellectualism that was fried by too many beers and barbecues and sunburns. Fortunately, Portland is full this fall with opportunities to spark your smarts.
Smartening up the seasonal transition
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 17, 2010


Ron Currie Jr. reads Everything Matters! at Longfellow Books


Last year, Waterville author Ron Currie Jr. received some well-deserved national publicity for his second book, Everything Matters! Right after the book comes out in...
By webteam  |  July 21, 2010

Aruna Kenyi reads from "Between Two Rivers" at Longfellow Books


At Longfellow Books, Aruna Kenyi, a Portland High School graduate, Sudanese refugee, and writer of an award-winning first-person story ("The Photograph") published in this very...
By webteam  |  June 23, 2010
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‘Junk Food’ Improvement

Portland native and healthful-cookie entrepreneur Laura Trice has based her career on building a better sweet tooth.
Don’t give up the sweets
By SARA DONNELLY  |  May 14, 2010

Steve Almond reads at Longfellow Books


Described as a book for the "Drooling Fan," Steve Almond focuses his relentlessly enthusiastic pen on the obsessive pop-music fan - and, of course, himself...
By webteam  |  May 12, 2010

Ed Lin at Longfellow Books


Ed Lin, last in town to read from his fine book This is a Bust, returns to discuss its sequel, the hard-nosed Snakes Can't Run,...
By webteam  |  April 07, 2010


Lisa See reads at Longfellow Books


Another Chinese-American author, the very popular Lisa See, appears at Longfellow Books this week to promote her latest, Shanghai Girls, which is already on the...
By webteam  |  April 07, 2010

Michael Mewshaw at Longfellow Books


Longtime travel, non-fiction, and fiction writer Michael Mewshaw is at Longfellow Books tonight, discussing Between Terror and Tourism, the story of his alternately dangerous and...
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010
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Portland’s wishes for 2010

Ah, these fresh moments of the new year, when our hopes and resolutions are unsullied by the rough ravages of time, politics, and the Maine winter.
New Year’s resolutions
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 01, 2010

Debra Spark reads at Longfellow Books


Also, Colby professor and North Yarmouth resident Debra Spark is at Longfellow Books to recite and chat up parts of her new, acclaimed novel, Good...
By webteam  |  November 18, 2009

Anti-War rally + David Swanson reading


And if your political fires are still burning after this week's election, activist DAVID SWANSON is in town for a 5 pm anti-war rally in Monument Square,...
By webteam  |  November 05, 2009


Nicholson Baker at Longfellow Books


The sometimes-controversial, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author (and South Berwick resident) NICHOLSON BAKER is at Longfellow Books this evening, reading from his latest novel,...
By webteam  |  September 30, 2009
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Learning curve

 Maine novelist teases our brains
 Maine novelist teases our brains
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 25, 2009
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No assignments here

Need a break from all that required reading this fall? You're in luck. In
An enjoyable reading list
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009
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Which was fine

There are probably 10 or 15 reviews I could write of Jessica Anthony's The Convalescent . Leitmotifs populate the book's 240 pages like thick, black hairs on the back of an old man's wrinkled ass.
Jessica Anthony's pleasantly disturbing Convalescent
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 04, 2009

The Convalescent


Sam Pfeifle writes about JESSICA ANTHONY’s debut novel, The Convalescent, which I’ve been looking forward to reading since I heard of the McSweeney’s release, well...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  September 02, 2009


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Back-to-school supplies

After a summer that started with a monsoon and coasted into its final lap with a heat wave, when we talked about Wilco, celebrity deaths, and Shakespeare in the park, when we feared tasers and crime sprees, and we consumed Mexican food and ice cream, w
What you won't find on your syllabus
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 28, 2009
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Dead like me

"Perception vs. reality. In high school, they are pretty much the same thing." So writes Tonya Hurley, author of ghostgirl and ghostgirl: Homecoming (Little Brown), two books ostensibly written for young adults but with elements that are just as appeali
Tonya Hurley's high-school afterlife
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 07, 2009

Ron Currie Jr.


At Longfellow Books, Ron Currie Jr. reads from his hot new novel, Everything Matters!, which we covered in some depth last week. The free event...
By webteam  |  July 08, 2009
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Deep impact

In the most memorable piece in Waterville author Ron Currie Jr.'s 2007 debut short story collection, God is Dead (Viking), God is reincarnated as a Dinka woman in a refugee camp in Sudan, who enlists a jive-talking Colin Powell in an effort to find a
Ron Currie Jr. has a blast with the apocalypse once more
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 03, 2009