Writers Talk About … returns

May 26, 2014
Jason C. Anthony

Belfast — Belfast Free Library has announced the seven award-winning authors participating in the 2014 Maine Writers Talk About … series at the library this summer. Each of the authors has chosen a topic and will talk about their writing process and craft, as well as read from their work. The series is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Belfast Free Library.

The Maine Writers Talk About … series will begin Tuesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. with author Jason C. Anthony giving an illustrated talk titled Antarctica in Word and Image. Anthony’s talk will be based on his award-winning book, “Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine,” a culinary history of Antarctica from the early days of exploration through the present.

In “Hoosh,” Anthony, a veteran of eight seasons in the United States Antarctic Program, takes the reader on a tour of Antarctic cuisine, from hoosh (a porridge of meat, fat and melted snow, often thickened with crushed biscuit) and the scurvy-ridden expeditions of Shackleton and Scott through the 20th century to his own preplanned three hundred meals (plus snacks) for a two-person camp in the Transantarctic Mountains. The stories are linked by the ingenuity, good humor and indifference to gruel that make Anthony’s tale as entertaining as it is enlightening.

Anthony of Damariscotta is the Maine Arts Commission’s 2014 Literary Arts Fellow, selected for his nonfiction submission “The Secret Society of Unconventional Cooks.” He has won numerous awards for his writing and his work has been published in many anthologies and magazines. “Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine”  is his first book and was awarded a 2012 Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Award, a 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award (Travel), a Silver Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (Creative Nonfiction) and was a finalist for a 2013 Maine Literary Award (Nonfiction).

The dates (all Tuesdays), authors and topics for the remainder of the Maine Writers Talk About series are: July 8, Christina Baker Kline in Conversation with Ayelet Waldman on Bringing History Alive in the Novel; July 22, Jane Brox on Personal History: The Challenge of Weaving Historical Materials into a Personal Narrative; Aug. 12, Baron Wormser on Writing a Poem, Writing a Novel; Aug. 26, Susan Conley on Storytelling: Lessons in Risk Taking and Stubbornness; and Sept. 9, Paul Doiron on North Woods Lawmen.

All are invited to come enjoy an entertaining and enlightening evening with one or all of the series’ Maine writers. Books will be available to purchase at each program. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

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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