To celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, May 8, Left Bank Books will welcome author (and mother) Glenna Johnson Smith as its fifth Lyceum speaker. The lyceum will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the downtown book shop, 21 East Main St./Route 1.

Smith’s new Islandport Press book, “Old Maine Woman,” features the 91-year-old lady’s eloquently humorous essays and short stories about the complexities, absurdities and pleasures of everyday life in Maine. Raised in the 1920s and ’30s in the small coastal Hancock County town of Ashville, Smith later married a farmer and moved up north where she had to learn to love life under the big sky and among the rolling potato fields of Aroostook County. There she taught school and raised three fine sons, one of whom, Steve Smith, grew up to be a superb high school history teacher at Belfast Area High School.

Smith has a fine eye for life’s small and intimately satisfying moments and a writing style that is understated and powerfully moving. Over the years, her prose has appeared in Echoes and Yankee magazines; and the book includes several charming pieces of short fiction. Having reached her ninth decade with physical and mental powers intact, Smith has a great deal of insight and wisdom to share about what really matters in life. “Sometimes I wish the leaders of the world and the nation would sit down and listen while their mothers tell them to behave themselves and stop being selfish,” she writes.

Smith has won numerous awards for her work and civic contributions including Presque Isle Citizen of the Year and an honorary doctorate from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The public is warmly invited to attend what promises to be a delightful talk from this distinguished lady of bright wit and common sense.

For more information or to reserve a seat or a copy of her book, call 548-6400.  Beside the customary refreshments, cookies and milk will be served in Smith’s honor to make sure that everyone “plays nice.”

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to