Portland Public Library

Latest Articles

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

Four art mavens show their personal tastes

Combine the flush of technology with several generations' output of cultural objects, and it's only a matter of time before having things would be considered an art of its own.
Please, come in!
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 15, 2013

The year ahead in visual arts

While the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART is about to wrap its wildly successful Winslow Homer exhibit, something tells me we'll be feeling the various expressions of "Weatherbeaten" for awhile.
See and be seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 28, 2012

Recalling the year’s most notable shows

Looking back over this year's art exhibitions, some of the most exciting shows could be discovered at uncommon venues.
In the rearview mirror
By BRITTA KONAU  |  December 21, 2012

Up close with a superbird

Maine author Phillip Hoose always manages to dig up the compelling stories that haven't yet been told — but should be.
Book Report
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 28, 2012

Mainstream progressives get Occupied

"We are the 99 percent!" reverberates in the basement of the Portland Public Library on a Saturday morning. Ninety radicals — well, maybe damn strong liberals — are plotting to take over the government — well, in any case, to harass the one percent.
The 99 Percent Spring begins
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 20, 2012


Domestic life viewed by 17 Maine photogs

In the theater of Maine photography, the winter exhibit assembled at the Portland Public Library might be thought of as a kitchen drama — a show that tells the rich tales of the many and diverse voices of Maine domestic living — and it deserves to be se
Still tales
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 13, 2012

Comics fest returns, with kids up front

If you have any doubt that comic books are ascendant in popular culture, look no farther than the film Thor , based on the Marvel adaptation of the Norse god, which has earned more than $344 million in less than a month in theaters.
Page Life
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  May 20, 2011

The League ReEmerges

What better way to explain an electoral system (or anything, really) than by using cupcakes?
Annual Events
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 13, 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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 11, 2011

So you thought you were special

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

Draw-a-Thon III at the Portland Public Library

Local visual artists and peace-org Codepink's local chapter collaborate to host Draw-a-Thon III, a daylong, interactive print-production event whose select final products will be enlarged...
By webteam  |  January 12, 2011

Robert Shetterly on his series of admirable Americans

At a ceremony scheduled for noon on Friday, Brooksville painter Robert Shetterly will unveil a portrait of former Maine legislator and civil-rights leader Gerald Talbot in the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library.
Painting the truth
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 07, 2011

Bullied documentary at the Portland Public Library

Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" project has been one of the most successful viral campaigns of 2010, giving a little glimmer of hope that the...
By webteam  |  December 07, 2010

Art at Work: Forest City Times at the Portland Public Library

The principles of fairytales don't always translate to modern life. I've never seen a talking horse; no human race is naturally evil like the Orcs;...
By webteam  |  December 07, 2010

Book sale at the Portland Public Library

As the holiday season officially begins its maddening, frenzied arc, consider an in-town opportunity to cross off some literary gifts on the cheap. From noon...
By webteam  |  November 22, 2010

What is public art?

Life is short; art is forever. At least until someone trips on it.
And can it be by someone from away?
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 17, 2010

Ann Beattie reads Walks With Men at the Portland Public Library

New Yorker short story favorite Ann Beattie is at the Portland Public Library this afternoon to promote her slim but much-admired new novella, Walks With...
By webteam  |  August 25, 2010

Michelle Souliere reads from "Strange Maine"

Earlier in the day, the Green Hand's Michelle Souliere reads from her recently-published book named for her great local blog and zine, Strange Maine. She'll...
By webteam  |  June 23, 2010

Dennis Lehane at the Portland Public Library

Appearing at the fantastically-renovated new Portland Public Library, regionally-beloved author Dennis Lehane - best known for future-film novels Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island, and Mystic...
By webteam  |  June 09, 2010

The Telling Room book-release party at Portland Public Library

Our own little McSweeney's, local non-profit the Telling Room offers a book-release party for its latest and perhaps most adorable collection of stories by young...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010

Portland Public Library re-opens

The Portland Public Library returns to full operating capacity today after a multimillion-dollar renovation, with more space, computers, and events too. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is...
By webteam  |  April 14, 2010

We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010

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

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


Reading roundup

This fall’s regional literary scene will see abstinence and desire, ghosts and dykes, convicts and Christians, toxic water bottles and yummy food.
Autumn’s authors about town
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 10, 2008

100 things to do

A checklist for true Portlanders.
Want to call yourself a true Portlander? Here's a checklist.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 27, 2008

Festival of the book

If you want to be closer to Ethan Hawke, mark your calendar to attend the second annual Maine Festival of the Book, to be held this Thursday through Saturday in Portland.
Hob-nob with literary celebs
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 19, 2008

Awkward moments

Sue Miller’s stories can be uncomfortable to read — and that’s a compliment.
Sue Miller's latest book is painfully close to the heart
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 16, 2008