Barbara Kent Lawrence author talk and book signing

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Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookstore and Café in Damariscotta will host an author talk and book signing with Barbara Kent Lawrence on Saturday, October 21 from 1-2:30 p.m. Lawrence is the author of “Islands of Time,” published in 2013, and the newly released sequel, “The Other Island: Ben’s Story.”

Set on Mount Desert and Little Cranberry Islands, “Islands of Time” is the story of forbidden love in 1958 between a summer girl named Becky—who tells the story—and a local boy and son of a Down East Maine fisherman named Ben. Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News said, “Islands of Time (published in 2013) is a multi-leveled love story, rich in emotion and introspection. People of all ages can relate to Becky’s journey—her struggle to understand how past events, tragic and wonderful, have shaped her life, and how to move forward in the best way possible.

“Ben’s Story is a moving and beautifully written novel of Maine coastal fishing communities: a document of life as it disappears beyond a far, watery horizon,” said Maine author Paul Doiron.

Author William Carpenter, full-time faculty member in literature and writing at College of the Atlantic, sees “Ben’s Story” as more than a sequel to “Islands of Time:” “It’s a complete re-envisioning of Barbara Kent Lawrence’s engaging and moving narrative. In a time of increased class consciousness in America, it’s an insightful study of lovers reaching across class boundaries in a gesture that takes them their whole lives.”

Lawrence earned a BA in anthropology from Bennington College, an MA in sociology from New York University, and an EdD from Boston University. She taught anthropology and history in a high school, then co-founded and ran a real estate and construction firm in Northeast Harbor. After receiving her EdD, she served as a policy analyst for the Rural School and Community Trust and later at KnowledgeWorks Foundation, while teaching writing and education courses at Northeastern and Lesley universities in Boston.

Her dissertation, “Working Memory: The Influence of Culture on Aspirations,” a case study of schools on Mount Desert Island, won the National Rural Education Association award for the dissertation of the year in 1998, and later became the foundation for her novels.

Copies of “Islands of Time” and “The Other Island: Ben’s Story” will be available for signing and purchase.

Event Date: 
Sat, 10/21/2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
158 Main Street
Damariscotta  Maine  04543