Murray to visit Community Library

Jan 22, 2013
Photo by: Anne Bardaglio Eva Murray

Stockton Springs — Midcoast author Eva Murray will speak Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Stockton Springs Community Library, 6 Station St.

Murray is the author of two books. “Well Out to Sea — Year-round on Matinicus Island” is a collection of short essays and articles focusing on life and work on one of Maine's remote islands; and her second book, “Island Schoolhouse — One room for all,” is an exploration of Maine's still-functioning one-room public schools.

Often irreverent, sometimes tender and painstakingly accurate, Murray’s depiction of island life is never a soap opera or a tabloid tell-all. She defies the oft-heard stereotypes about islanders to explain — with a bit of wise-aleck attitude — how things really work when you live far offshore.

Having been a one-room school teacher, the parent of island students, district bookkeeper and island school board member, Murray writes in her latest book about these tiny schools with an insider's perspective. A 21st-century one-room school is not a quaint anachronism or an educational experiment; instead, the islands of Maine provide a modern, technologically advanced educational experience for a small handful of children living in these very remote settings.

Murray has lived full-time and year-round on Matinicus Island for more than 25 years, not a single day of it on vacation. She moved to Matinicus Island in 1987; two years later, she married the island electrician and stayed to raise a family there. Over the years, she has started a small bakery, become an emergency medical technician, taken on a number of roles in municipal government and volunteer organizations and started the community's recycling program. Since 2003, she also has been a regular columnist for 10 Maine publications.

Everyone is invited to attend the program, which is free. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 567-4147 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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