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Maine writer plays with parapsychology in her latest novel

Of all the fantastical characters who populate the paranormal literary landscape, psychics might be the most relatable.
Head inside
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 30, 2012

Behrens's solid second effort

If there is a male equivalent to "chick lit," Peter Behrens's latest novel, The O'Briens , is probably it, a detail-rich, character-driven historical novel that lightly touches issues of family loyalty and individual aspirations.
Driving forward
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 30, 2012

An object lesson in research as storytelling

John Brown's body may now lie a-mouldering in his grave, as the song suggests, but in life the Connecticut-born Kansan settler who led an assault on a federal installation in Virginia almost never stopped moving in his passionate zeal to rid the United
Living history
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 30, 2012

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc plays the Ventriloquist

"The center of everything," writes Gibson Fay-LeBlanc in Death of a Ventriloquist , "is the mouth."
Speaking openly
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 30, 2012

Add it to the reading list

It'll be no surprise to any of our readers that we here at the Portland Phoenix are big fans of reading — and we're grateful for the time you take to read our work every week!
The sixth annual Maine Festival of the Book
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 30, 2012

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


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

The Maine Festival of the Book relocates to USM

Now in its third year, the Maine Festival of the Book is settling into a new home on the USM campus
Celebrating print
By ALEX IRVINE  |  April 01, 2009