Acclaimed authors head to Left Bank

Jul 06, 2018
Photo by: Rodney Bedsole Amy Bass will visit Belfast’s Left Bank Books Wednesday, July 18; and Rockport Public Library Thursday, July 19. Both events start 7 p.m.

Belfast — Two nationally acclaimed authors will be giving talks and signing their books within three days of each other at the downtown Left Bank Books.

The store will welcome Amy Bass, Emmy Award-winning author of “One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together,” Wednesday, July 18, at 7 p.m.; and Madeline Miller, celebrating her newly released novel “Circe,” an instant No. 1 New York Times bestseller, Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

“One Goal” is the inspirational story of how Somali refugees and native-born white teenagers in Lewiston banded together to win a state soccer championship in 2015. Three weeks ago, Netflix optioned the rights to make a film or TV series out of the book. Bass’ book explains how the resettlement of thousands of Somali refugees in Lewiston in the early 2000s created a distinct unease among longtime residents — as evidenced by the mayor’s letter, asking Somalis to stop coming, that became national news. “One Goal” tells how a soccer team brought together refugees and multi-generation Mainers in their quest for state, and ultimately national, glory.

A professor of history at the College of New Rochelle in New York, Bass graduated from Bates College in Lewiston and received a Ph.D. with distinction from Stony Brook University. Her work for NBC's “Olympics Sports” across eight Olympic Games won her an Emmy in 2012 (London) for Outstanding Live Event Turnaround. “One Goal” is her fourth book.

Reservations for both talks and book signings are strongly encouraged; email leftbank@myfairpoint.net or call 338-9009 to reserve a seat. Copies of books are available for purchase in advance of the events. Left Bank Books, celebrating its 14th year as an independent bookshop, is located at 109 Church St. and is open daily.

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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