On Thursday February 18 author Caroline MacDonald will read from her book “Way Down Back” from 1-2:30 pm in the selectmen’s room of the Coombs School Town Building in Bowdoinham. The book of free verse, inspired by her decades of work as a hospice program administrator, is poignant and funny, inspiring and tragic. MacDonald recounts tales of end of life challenges that are inspiring and thought-provoking. The public is welcome.
The community read is sponsored by the Merrymeeting Arts Center in collaboration with the Bowdoinham Public Library (and its Loose Ladies Book Club) and the Bowdoinham Advisory Committee on Aging/Shipmates Senior Center. The February reading will be followed by discussion and a question and answer period that hopefully will spark intergenerational conversation around the issues that face us all, especially in a state with a huge population of elders.
A second, related community read of the book “Spoon River Anthology”by Edgar Lee Masters will take place on Thursday, March 17 and will be led by Franklin Burroughs. Both books have been made available in the Bowdoinham Town Library and at the Town Landing Restaurant.
The Community Reads are the first events of a major Merrymeeting Arts Center project called “Hallowed Ground, Forgotten Voices” inspired by “Spoon River Anthology.” The 2016 art center summer show “Hallowed Ground, Forgotten Voices” which will open June 17 will focus on images of memorials and graveyards, the departed and their voices. Other events related to the project will include a play, talks and graveyard tours, and historical society open houses next summer. Events will be posted on the Merrymeeting Arts Center website and facebook pages and those of the Bowdoinham Historical Society.