Christina Baker Kline at Chats with Champions

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At noon on Thursday, July 20, New York Times bestselling author, Christina Baker Kline will be the featured Chats with Champions speaker at Skidompha Public Library’s Porter Hall, 184 Main Street, Damariscotta. Kline will speak about her highly praised new novel, “A Piece of the World.” Please note the special time and allow time for parking.

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by a degenerative illness, Christina seemed destined for a small town life. Fate intervened the day 22-year-old Andrew Wyeth came calling. For more than 20 years, Christina was host and inspiration for the artist and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the 20th century. This iconic painting, Christina’s World, currently hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

As she did in her beloved smash bestseller, “Orphan Train,” Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the portrait of a mysterious woman in a pink dress, seemingly aground in a desolate Maine field, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

Kline has written six other novels, written or edited five works of nonfiction, and has commissioned and edited two widely acclaimed original essays on parenthood and raising young children.  She was a co-author with her late mother, Christina L. Baker, of a book on feminist mothers and daughters. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in many professional newspapers and journals.  

Her 2013 novel, Orphan Train, spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, was published in 40 countries and was the recipient of various literary and historical fiction prizes. More than 100 communities and colleges have chosen this novel as a “One Book, One Read” selection. A middle-grade edition, “Orphan Train Girl,” was published this May.

Born in Cambridge, England, Kline was raised there as well as in the American South and Bangor, Maine. She was a graduate of Yale, Cambridge University, and the University of Virginia, where she was a fellow in fiction writing. Kline has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women’s studies at Yale, New York University, and the University of Virginia. Kline served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University and was the recipient of several fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  

Kline lives in an old house in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband, Will, and three sons. She spends as much time as possible in an even older home in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

After her talk, Kline will be available to sign copies of her books made available by Chats with Champions sponsor, Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookshops.

Chats with Champions is a free community offering from your national award winning Skidompha Library and is sponsored by Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop. For more information call 207-563-5513.


Event Date: 
Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:00pm
184 Main Street
Damariscotta  Maine  04543