Down East Books author Jim Nichols of Warren has back-to-back events scheduled as he continues to introduce the public to his new novel “Hull Creek.

On Wednesday, June 8, Nichols will discuss and sign copies of “Hull Creek” as part of the Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Series from noon to 1 p.m. The free event will take place in the Rines Auditorium on the lower level of the main library at 5 Monument Square. For more information, call the library at 871-1700, ext. 758 or send email to

On Thursday, June 9, Nichols will join fellow Midcoast writer poet Bob Brooks of Stockton Springs on WERU-FM’s monthly “Writers Forum.” They will read from their work and discuss writing in general. “Writers Forum,” hosted by Joan Clemons of Belfast, will air from 10 to 11 a.m. on the community radio station (89.9 FM) and may also be heard streaming live at

Nichols, born and raised in Freeport, works on the planes that fly people, mail and freight to islands such as Vinalhaven, Islesboro, and Matinicus. His literary work has been published in Esquire, Narrative, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, Portland Monthly and Night Train. He is a past winner of the Willamette Fiction Prize and was awarded an Independent Artists Fellowship by the Maine Arts Commission. His short story collection, “Slow Monkeys and Other Stories,” was published in 2003 by Carnegie Mellon Press.

Brooks graduated from Harvard and served in the United States Army as a translator before settling into a long-term job as editor at a computer systems company. After leaving the company in the late 1980s, he began writing poetry again. His work has appeared in numerous publications including The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Cafe Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner and The Puckerbrush Review. Brooks’ first full-length collection, “Unguarded Crossing,” was published earlier this year from Antrim House Books. He also has published three chapbooks.

Past “Writers Forum” programs are archived at Writers who wish to appear on future programs should contact the station at

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