Maine author Crash Barry will present “Tough Island: Live,” a 45-minute monologue replete with funny and honest renderings of his true stories from Matinicus, Maine’s most remote inhabited island, Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. This program is free and open to all.

Since publication last August, Barry’s memoir “Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus, Maine” has received much critical acclaim. Matinicus, located 20 miles out to sea, is in the center of the richest lobster grounds in the world. Ever since the first white settler and notorious scoundrel Ebenezer Hall was scalped in 1757 by the local Indians who owned Matinicus, a mist of violence has loomed like low hanging fog, enshrouding the island in a bad reputation.

In 1991, as a young ex-Coast Guardsman, Barry moved to Matinicus. Two years living in a fish shack did not make him an expert on Matinicus but it was a long enough immersion to recognize the distinctive nature of the isolated and remote island, then home to just 50 people.

In addition to “Tough Island,” Barry is the author of the rollicking novel” Sex, Drugs and Blueberries,” set in Washington County amid the Oxycontin-abuse epidemic. He spent a decade as a print and radio reporter in Portland until receiving a writing fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission, which convinced him to pursue book writing. To read selections from his books, columns and blog, visit

For more information about this program, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

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