Tag Archives: Fiction

Autism in fiction

I’ve recently been reading a slew of books that deal with lead characters that are on the autism spectrum, most recently “Ginny Moon” by Benjamin Ludwig. Writing in the first person is quite an exercise for the reader – at least for me, as it makes me feel slightly autistic myself. Another recent read was “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman – while Eleanor may not technically be autistic (Asperger’s), she does seem to lack basic social clues. Don Tillman, in “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion, is also a brilliant narrator who misses obvious social clues, but somehow still wins the girl. One of the first books that I read which also had this type of  first person narrator with autism: “The curious incident of the dog in the night-time,” by Mark Haddon. All of these books have an amazing ability to put yourself into the every day world of someone with autism (and many of these can be found at the Long Island Community Library).

Of Sea and Cloud

Of interest to Long Island readers:

Jon Keller speaks about “Of Sea and Cloud” at the Brown Bag Lecture Series Wednesday, August 26 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location: Main Library

spring on Long Island black and whiteNicolas Graves raised his sons to be lobstermen. Bill and Joshua (known as Jonah) Graves grew up aboard their father’s boat–the Cinderella–learning the rules and rites of the antiquated business they love. But when their father is lost at sea and the price of lobster crashes worldwide, Bill and Jonah must decide how much they are willing to risk for their family legacy. Standing against them is Osmond Raymond–former Calvinist minister, mystic, captain of the Sanctity, and their father’s business partner for more than twenty years. Together with his grandson and heir, Julius, Osmond is determined to push the Graves family out of their lobster pound, regardless of the cost or the consequences.

About the author Jon Keller holds an MFA from Boise State University. After graduate school, he moved to the coast of Maine and spent several years working aboard a lobster boat and writing for a commercial fishing newspaper. He is now a clam digger on the coast of Maine.

About the Series » Brown Bag Lecture Series

Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features bi-weekly reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from around the nation as well as those who hail from right here in Maine. All Brown Bag Lectures are free to the public (unless specifically noted as a fundraiser). Because they usually take place over the lunch hour, guests are encouraged to bring their lunch; coffee provided by Coffee By Design. Special thanks to our Brown Bag Lecture Series coffee sponsor, Coffee by Design, and welcome to our new refreshment sponsor, Whole Foods. Books on sale at each lecture courtesy of Longfellow Books, who generously donates a portion of the proceeds to the Portland Public Library. Questions about our Brown Bag Lectures or to be added to our weekly calendar e-mail, please send us an e-mail. – See more at: https://www.portlandlibrary.com/events/jon-keller-speaks-about-of-sea-and-cloud-at-the-brown-bag-lecture-series/#sthash.dNxM8bML.dpuf

Maine Readers’ Choice Award

The Maine Readers’ Choice Award Committee is pleased to announce the winner for the inaugural Maine Readers’ Choice Award. The 2013 Award recipient is Wiley Cash for his debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home. The other finalists were Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powershomeslide3-wiley

The award is for the best in adult fiction published in the United States – the finalists were voted on by Maine readers.

Our wonderful island library has all three of these books, so come on down to see if you agree with your fellow Mainers.

For more information on the award see: