Upcoming Events

2024 marks Left Bank Books 20th year! In celebration, we have a terrific line-up author talks and signings. If you'd like to get advance notice of those events, make sure you subscribe to our newsletter.

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Margot Anne Kelley

WHEN: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 6:30pm

WHERE: Left Bank Books

Margot’s new memoir, A Gardener at the End of the World, is a sublime contemplation of the “gorgeous possibility” held by the seed packets she bought in January 2020 for the spring growing season in Maine. At high risk from illness, the seedlings took on extra significance for Margot at the time. She set out to make her pandemic garden thrive but also to better understand the very nature of seeds and viruses.

In A Gardener at the End of the World, Margot looks back over the last few millennia as successions of pandemics altered human beings and global culture. Seeds and viruses serve as springboards for wide-ranging reflections while Margot explores questions of what we can preserve—of history, genetic biodiversity, culture, language—and what we cannot. Her immensely thought-provoking book is for anyone curious about the overlap of nature, science, and history.

Margot is a writer and photographer whose work focuses on the natural world. She’s been growing vegetables and herbs for more than twenty years; currently, she does so in midcoast Maine where long summer days and strategic plant choices help make up for the shortness of the growing season.

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Morgan Talty in conversation with Gregory Brown

WHEN: Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 6:30pm

WHERE: The First Church, across the street from the bookshop

Note: RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

We’re looking forward to welcoming Morgan back to Belfast to celebrate the release of his highly anticipated new novel, Fire Exit. Morgan’s debut short story collection, Night of the Living Rez, won  the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, and the New England Book Award, among many others.

In Fire Exit, Morgan has written a novel that Tommy Orange calls “utterly consuming. . . . The storytelling is both spellbinding and quietly devastating. The novel is ultimately about family and belonging, about the stories we need to know even when they threaten to burn down our lives. With Talty’s subtle charm and crystalline prose. . . .Fire Exit absolutely smolders.”

Morgan is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation. He is an assistant professor of English in Creative Writing and Native American and Contemporary Literature at the University of Maine, Orono, and is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing as well as the Institute of American Indian Arts. He lives in Levant, Maine.

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Stephen McCauley

WHEN: Thursday, June 20 at 6pm

WHERE: Left Bank Books

We’re so happy that Stephen is returning to our shop. This time, we’ll be celebrating his newest novel—and eighth bestseller—You Only Call When You’re in Trouble. Three of his previous books have been made into feature films, including The Object of My Affection with Jennifer Aniston. His fiction, reviews, and articles have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, Harper’s, Vogue and many other publications.

You Only Call features three captivating characters: Tom, an architect who has had enough of taking care of his irresistible but impossible sister, Dorothy, and her wonderful daughter, Cecily. NPR’s Maureen Corrigan is a long-time admirer of Stephen's work and writes: “Champagne bubbles pop and vanish, but a good comic novel is a steady mood lifter. . .Enter Stephen McCauley, whose new novel. . .offers readers not only the expansive gift of laughter but, also, a more expansive image of what family can be." In its own sparkling way, You Only Call When You’re in Trouble is concerned with the question of endings and of what we leave behind—whether it's our work, our worst mistakes, our most loving-if-flawed relationships.

You Only Call will make you laugh, think, and admire Stephen's talent for creating engaging characters who romp their way through a jolly good story.

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Paul Doiron

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25, 12-2 pm

WHERE: Left Bank Books

In what has become an annual and eagerly anticipated tradition, Paul will join us on the very day his newest Mike Bowditch mystery is released. Pitch Dark is the fifteenth book in Paul’s internationally acclaimed best-selling series featuring Maine Game Warden Investigator Bowditch. In Pitch Dark, circumstances force Mike to set off through the impenetrable Maine forest towards Canada, alone and unarmed in pursuit of a mysterious fugitive. As he navigates a windblown landscape choked with deadfalls and blocked by swollen streams, he marvels at his enemy's bush craft. The killer possesses skills surpassing his own, and Mike can't tell if he is the cat or the mouse in this dangerous game.

Kirkus Reviews gives Pitch Dark a starred review: “A perfect beach read that will make you hug yourself in pleasure and excitement and search for a little more warmth."

A native of Maine, Paul graduated from Yale University with a degree in English. The first book in the series, The Poacher's Son, won the Barry award, the Strand award for best first novel, and was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity awards in the same category. Paul is a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with his wife, Kristen Lindquist.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Leaf Seligman

An enthusiastic crowd gathered on May 13th to listen as Leaf Seligman read from her newest book, Being Restorative. The reading was followed by a thoughtful discussion of what it means to embrace a restorative approach to justice and to relationships.

Being Restorative comprises a collection of testimonies and queries, and invites readers to identify ways in which they can expand the practice of being restorative to influence how they move through the world. Leaf discussed the idea that everyone has a spark of goodness and wisdom, and that "people move and walk in the light they have." Attendees then shared their own questions and experiences of restorative justice and being restorative.

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Monica Wood

From her opening remark—”Please excuse the way I look. I’m having a bad hair day”—Monica enchanted and delighted a rapt and enthusiastic audience.

Monica’s talk and book signing was part of a whirlwind series of weeklong events to celebrate her long-awaited new novel, How to Read a Book (published May 7), which has received widespread glowing reviews. The New York Times wrote “This novel is a reminder that goodness, and books, can still win in this world,” and People magazine, which chose it as one of the “Best Books to Read in May,” called How to Read ”An utter gem; funny, sweet and moving.”

We couldn’t agree more and predict that How to Read a Book will be one of our shop’s best sellers this year. The story of how three disparate and lonely people form an unlikely friendship inspires laughter, tears, and love. This is a book to read more than once, and to give as a gift again and again. It’s that good.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Heather Cox Richardson

Applause rang throughout the First Church of Belfast when internationally acclaimed historian, educator, and author Heather Cox Richardson entered the room. For the next hour and 15 minutes, she informed, educated, enlightened, and captivated the minds and hearts of the 250 lucky audience members. (The free event reached capacity enrollment three hours after it was announced.)

In addition to her wildly popular books—Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America and How the South Won the Civil War, among others—Heather writes a daily Substack newsletter, Letters from an American, that has some one-and-a-half million subscribers.

Through her self-deprecating humor, vast knowledge base, and passion for the lessons history teaches us, Heather explained why, despite the current political climate, she has hope for the future. At the end of an extensive question-and-answer period, this brilliant, warm, and funny woman was given a prolonged standing ovation. Brava, Heather. Brava!

Wall of Fame

We are deeply grateful to the hundreds of authors — of local, national and international acclaim — who have taken time to visit our bookshop, meet our faithful customers, speak about their work, and sign their books.
Thank you!

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