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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

What should art be about? UMaine prof seeks answers in history

There are a few things to remember about Thomas Hart Benton, an iconic American artist who died in 1975 at the age of 85.
Benton's question
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  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

Chopsticks: A new and different 'novel'

There's very little we writers like to do more than gnash our teeth about the future of our profession.
A pair of hands at work
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 30, 2012