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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.
| September 12, 2013
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
| February 24, 2012
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
| April 08, 2011
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
| March 11, 2011
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 .
| February 25, 2011
So you thought you were special
Reading Hannah Holmes's work is enlightening and entertaining — even when it's at its most depressing.
| 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...
| 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...
| November 03, 2010
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
| October 15, 2010
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
| October 01, 2010
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
| 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...
| 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...
| June 23, 2010
‘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
| 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...
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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...
| March 24, 2010
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
| 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...
| 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,...
| 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,...
| September 30, 2009
Maine novelist teases our brains
Maine novelist teases our brains
| September 25, 2009
No assignments here
Need a break from all that required reading this fall? You're in luck. In
An enjoyable reading list
| September 18, 2009
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
| September 04, 2009
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...
| September 02, 2009
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
| August 28, 2009
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
| 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...
| July 08, 2009
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
| July 03, 2009
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