Snowe headlines Left Bank signings

Jul 19, 2013
Former Sen. Olympia Snowe will sign her newly-released memoir "Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress" Sunday, July 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Left Bank Books.

Belfast — Former Sen. Olympia Snowe will sign her newly-released memoir, "Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress," Sunday, July 28, from 1 to 2:30 p..m at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St. The event is free and the entire community is welcome.

Snowe's appearance is one of three signings at the bookshop during the weekend of the annual Belfast Bound Book Festival. Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m,. Deer Isle author Brenda Gilchrist will talk about and sign copies of "Waltzing with Bracey: A Long Reach Home," a love letter to the Maine coast and one very special Corgi. Also on Saturday, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., former Maine Game Warden and sheriff John Ford Sr. will be on hand to sign and talk about "This Cider Still Tastes Funny!", his second book of tales and memories.

Snowe’s new book was published this spring. In February 2012, after 18 years in the United States Senate and a total of 40 years in Congress and the Maine legislature, Snowe stunned the nation with her announcement that she would not seek a fourth term. The reasons for her decision were immediately understood: a political environment so polarized that neither party will look for the "common ground," even when it is clear that either’s own view cannot prevail.

Part political memoir, part call to action; the book explores how the nation got to this point, how the Senate, "the world's greatest deliberative body," devolved into partisanship and inaction; and how we as citizens can influence our representatives to govern effectively once again. It also traces Snowe's personal story, her evolution as a legislator and her remarkable life.

No tickets or reservations are required for these events, and requests to reserve signed books in advance are welcome.  For more information, call Left Bank Books, which is open daily, at 338-9009.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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