The Community Schools at Opportunity Farm and Camden invites the public to enjoy A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize Winner Richard Russo and New York Times Bestselling Author Andre Dubus III Saturday, May 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the conversation beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres featuring the State of Maine Cheese Company courtesy of Cathe Morrill; truffles by Chocolatier Blue; and other delectable treats from local businesses will be served.

Tickets are available now for $50, $25 with a student ID. Tickets are available at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden; hello hello books in Rockland; Maine Coast Book Shop & Café in Damariscotta; and online at

The same afternoon, the nearby Center for Maine Contemporary Art will host a free art exhibition from 3 to 5 p.m., honoring five artists whose work has encouraged the advancement of contemporary art in Maine through photography, sculpture and paintings.

“What better way to spend your afternoon than in Rockport enjoying the arts,” said Sharyn Pohlman, development office manager at The Community Schools.

All proceeds from the Conversation will benefit The Community Schools at Opportunity Farm and Camden. Founded in 1973 as Maine’s first alternative high school, The Community Schools provide a nine-month residential program for at-risk adolescents at its locations at Opportunity Farm in New Gloucester and Camden, in addition to a home-based Passages Program for parenting teens. Both programs enable students to earn a State of Maine high school diploma. The schools encourage life-long learning and provide students with the skills and experiences necessary to connect with their families, practice personal responsibility and contribute to their communities.

For more information on this event, contact The Community Schools at 236-3000, ext. 110 or

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or