New England writers talk about food


NORTHEAST HARBOR — Food can evoke strong memories and emotions.

Authors Roxana Robinson, Annaliese Jakimides, and Kimberly Ridley will read their contributions to the anthology “Breaking Bread: Essays from New England on Food, Hunger, and Family” at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, August 24 at 5:30 p.m. Lynn Boulger, Executive Director of the Authors Guild Foundation, will be the moderator.

All three writers have longstanding ties to Downeast Maine. Each of their contributions to the anthology explores the complex personal and family connections to food.

Robinson has written 10 books, including the biography “Georgia O’Keefe: A Life” and her most recent novel, “Dawson’s Fall.” She is a fellow of the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts. Former president of the Guild of Authors, she teaches at Hunter College in New York.

Jakimides is a writer and multimedia artist who grew up in downtown Boston. She raised a family on over 40 acres on a dirt road in northern Maine, growing nearly all of the family’s food and pumping water by hand. Cited in national competitions, her poetry and prose have been published in numerous journals, anthologies and magazines.

Ridley is a science writer, essayist, editor of Down East magazine and author of non-fiction nature books for children including ‘The Secret Pool’. Her new book for adults is “Wild Design: Nature’s Architects.”

Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase and signing. Proceeds from the collection, which was edited by Debra Spark and Deborah Joy Corey, will benefit Blue Angel, a non-profit organization that fights food insecurity by providing healthy food from local farmers to people in need.

This free event will take place in person at the library and a virtual attendance option is available. Registration is required at www.nehlibrary.orgor call the library at (207) 276-3333.


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