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Author Talk

posted Mar 3, 2018, 8:51 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Mar 3, 2018, 9:02 AM ]

August 21: Author Talk – Lea Waite at 7pm. Southport Memorial Library, 1032 Hendricks Hill Rd. Southport, ME (633-2741). Lea Wait is an American author of historical novels and mysteries, many set in Maine. Her Antique Print Mystery Series and Mainely Needlepoint Series are written for adults. She also writes historical and contemporary books for children 7 and up.

91st Annual Book and Bake Sale

posted Mar 3, 2018, 8:50 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Mar 3, 2018, 9:02 AM ]

August 3: 91st Annual Book and Bake Sale – 9am – 3pm. Southport Memorial Library, 1032 Hendricks Hill Rd., Southport, ME (633-2741). Gently used books in all genres: Fiction, Non Fiction, Mystery and books for Children. Maine baked goods to please the palate. Not to be missed. 

Author Talk

posted Mar 3, 2018, 8:49 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Jul 12, 2018, 8:11 AM ]

July 24: Author Talk – Sandra Neily at 7pm. Southport Memorial Library, 1032 Hendricks Hill Rd.,Southport, ME (633-2741). Sandra Neily is one of the Crime Writers of Maine and joins Lea Wait and Bruce Robert Coffin who will have appeared at our library by the end of this summer.


National Winner: Mystery Writers of America McCloy Award
National Finalist: Women's Fiction Writers Rising Star Contest
Finalist: 2018 Maine Literary Awards Competition


SANDRA NEILY is a Maine native whose varied career has included working as a registered Maine guide as well as a whitewater river outfitter. An avid outdoorswoman who loves woods, waters, and wildlife, Sandra has paddled, fished, hiked, and skied all over the beautiful state of Maine, and enjoys transporting readers into the places she knows so well. Sandra is the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Helen McCloy National award, as well as a finalist for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association’s Rising Star Contest, and a finalist in the Maine Writers and Publishers' 2018 Maine Literary Awards competition.

Sandra received a B.A. from Middlebury College, and holds an M.A. from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. She also attended the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference and the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference  She has served in leadership positions at the Maine Conservation School and Maine Audubon Society, and has been honored with the Maine Public Relations Council’s “Golden Arrow” award. She also received the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s “Conservation Award” for her work to save the Penobscot River from a dam that would have drowned its famous land-locked salmon fishery and world-class rapids.

Her passion for Maine’s woods and waters landed her as governor’s appointee to the Maine Economic Growth Council, the Northern Forest Sustainability Initiative Steering Committee, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Northern Forest Lands Council, and the Maine Department of Conservation Public Advisory Committee. She co-founded the Penobscot Coalition to Save the West Branch, as well as the Moosehead Region Futures Committee.

Sandra lives next to Moosehead Lake with her husband and rescue dog, and enjoys fly fishing, skiing, paddling, and being “out there,” except when she’s writing stories that immerse people in the world she loves.


“...a beautiful book that brilliantly captures the battle to conserve Maine’s mythical woods...” Ron Joseph, wildlife biologist and Down East Magazine author

“ environmental murder mystery, where the stakes are high and a vanishing world inspires violence.” National Helen McCloy award winner: Mystery Writers of America

“... exceptional, jaw-dropping TALENT...” Women’s Fiction Writers Association Rising Star finalist

 “...a rare talent in indie literary fiction, delving into women's issues in a way that rings so true...reminiscent of good contemporary American authors such as Joy Williams, Joanna Scott, and Cheryl Strayed”  SPR


 "a rare talent in indie literary fiction, delving into women's issues in a way that rings so true...” SPR


 “...will propel you across the wildest of Maine’s terrain and into its coldest waters—in search of whispered wolves, possible murderers, odd bedfellows, greedy sons of bitches, and reasons for it all.”  FAPA award winning author Meredith Marple

Author Talk

posted Mar 3, 2018, 8:48 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Jun 17, 2018, 3:32 AM ]

June 26: Author Talk – Bruce Robert Coffin at 7pm. Southport Memorial Library, 1032 Hendricks Hill Rd., Southport, ME (633-2741). Author of the Detective Byron mystery series Among the Shadows and Beneath the Depths. A retired police officer who writes fiction.

Bruce Robert Coffin is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron mystery series and former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11th, Bruce spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive.

Among the Shadows and Beneath the Depths, the first two novels in the Detective John Byron mystery series, have been well-received by fans and critics alike. The third novel in the series, Beyond the Truth, will be released on October 30, 2018.

New York Times Bestselling Author Gayle Lynds called Among the Shadows “A first rate novel. Suspenseful and highly entertaining.”

Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan had this to say about Beneath the Depths “Terrific! Fast-talking, smart, and cinematic, this entertaining page-turner is so knowingly authentic only a genuine cop turned storyteller could have written it.”

New York Times Bestselling Author Reed Farrel Coleman called Beyond the Truth “A superbly realistic, tense, and exciting novel.”

His short fiction appears in several anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2016.

Bruce is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He is a regular blog contributor to the Maine Crime Writers and Murder Books blogs.

He lives and writes in Maine.


Be sure to read my bestselling novels Among The Shadows and Beneath the Depths, first two in the Detective Byron Mystery Series from HarperCollins. And coming this fall, Beyond the Truth.

Also, look for my short story Fool Proof in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's, Best American Mystery Stories 2016. 

Author Talk

posted Mar 3, 2018, 8:46 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 6:05 AM ]

March 15: Author Talk - Author Robert Devine will speak at the Southport Memorial Library on March 15th at 10am. Speaking to his second book, Ketchup in My Veins, he will describe his ten years in the fast food industry, namely working for the McDonald Company which is not only in America but worldwide. Being in the right place at the right time proved beneficial for this author. It was in this setting, coupled with his badly needing a job, that he entered the McDonald workforce in 1967. For the next ten years he witnessed and participated in the development of one of the greatest companies in fast food. He feels privileged to have known and travelled with Ray A. Croc, founder of the McDonalds Corporation. 

Ketchup in My Veins is Robert Devine’s second published novel. He is also a water color artist, still life photographer, short story writer, woodworker and gardener. Growing up in New England he moved to California after high school to attend the Brooks Institute of Photography at Santa Barbara. Upon leaving Brooks, he spent 10 years with American Airlines in their flight maintenance department before joining McDonalds Corporation as a manager trainee in Los Angeles. He lives in Boothbay, Maine.

Linda Brewer Retires

posted Feb 5, 2018, 3:22 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 3:25 AM ]

With great appreciation for the many years Linda Brewer has been the Librarian at the Southport Memorial Library, all wish her well following her retirement in January of this year.

The Librarian position has now moved to the able hands of Nora Lally, assistant librarian for a number of years.

"A Christmas Carol" - CANCELLED

posted Jul 13, 2017, 12:07 PM by John Lunt   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 9:41 AM ]

Regrettably, an unanticipated conflict has forced the cancellation of this performance.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Broadway actor, Will Rhys, in Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

Southport Memorial Library Aides will again present Broadway actor Will Rhys in “A Christmas Carol” at the Southport Town Hall on Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Rhys has adapted the Dickens to create a one-man staging in which he brings each character to life, capturing their nuances and delivering a full range of emotion.  Of Rhys’s recent performance in Freeport one reviewer noted, “His rendition is a lively version that embodies the story’s magical message.” 

This family-friendly holiday event is free, although donations to the Aides will be gratefully accepted. Due to limited seating, early arrival is suggested. Doors will open at 1:30. Refreshments will be served at intermission. For more information call 633-2741

Veteran's Day Observance

posted Jul 13, 2017, 12:05 PM by John Lunt   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 3:11 AM ]

November 11, 2017 at 11 AM, the annual Veteran's Day observance will be held at the Library.


posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:47 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 3:12 AM ]

July 21 - 22, 2017 From 9 AM to 4 PM


posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:46 AM by John Lunt   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 3:12 AM ]

July 27, 2017  Morgan Callan Rogers - 7 PM  Morgan Callan Rogers’s first novel, Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea is set in Maine as is her new book, Written on My Heart.

Morgan Callan Rogers Biography

Morgan Callan Rogers was brought up in Bath, Maine and lived in a cottage on the New Meadows River in West Bath with her family during summers. It was there she began to write and illustrate her own horse stories, then rock star stories.   

During her adolescence she was afraid of the dark, but used to listen to the radio to soothe her to sleep. Unfortunately, she tried to read the first part of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”. When she reached the pages where the daughter, who had been listening to her radio in her room, was murdered, it ruined Callan Rogers’s theory that nothing bad could happen as long as she was listening to music. 

She began to make up stories to put herself to sleep. These elaborate dramas were filled with character development, setting, descriptive details, passion, and dialogue, and were critical to her learning how to create a world and to write fiction. 

Currently, she is a part-time reporter for the Boothbay Register, a teacher, and a novelist. In her life, she also has been an actress, a blues and jazz singer, a house cleaner, a librarian, a children’s librarian, an administrative assistant, and once had brief stints performing in oversized costumes as The Cat in the Hat and Mrs. Berenstain of Berenstain Bear fame.   

Florine Gilham, the main character in both “Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea” and “Written on My Heart”, entered Callan Roger’s imagination with her own strong voice intact. She first appeared in a short story as a middle-aged woman with a husband and two grown children. 

“I wrote the story as Florine dictated it, and presented it at a writer’s workshop. A participant had a question about a difficult relationship, so I thought I’d explore why that was with a little backstory. This exploration turned into Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea,” Callan Rogers said.

Red Ruby Heart tells the story of 12-year old Florine Gilham. It’s 1963, in a small Maine fishing village called The Point. Florine is the only child of Carlie and Leeman Gilham. Her beloved grandmother, Grand, lives just across the road. She has three best friends, and they’ve known each other since birth. Life is good, until her mother, Carlie, disappears while on a girl’s weekend with a friend. The novel takes Florine through the pain and grief of wondering what has happened to her mother, while going through a rocky adolescence during the tumultuous 1960s. While this is grim, remember, these are Maine characters with a pragmatic, unsentimental, and wry way of seeing the world, so humor is never too far below the surface. 

The novel sold in five countries, including Italy, Australia, Spain, and Germany. It was number three on the German fiction bestseller list the year it was published. Viking published it in the United States in 2012. 

Mare, the German publisher, requested a sequel to Red Ruby Heart, which resulted in “Written on My Heart”, the further trials and tribulations along with some wry and funny parts concerning the lives and relationships of Florine Gilham, Bud Warner, Dottie Butts, and Glen Clemmons.     

The author lives in West Bath with her rescued cat, Petula Mae. Her neighbors include several bold foxes, some nervous chipmunks, a red squirrel that lives in the woodpile, tree frogs, assorted corvids and raptors, seagulls, and the occasional owl. 

In the fall, she will teach at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine as an adjunct professor. She is working on her third novel. 

She is delighted to have been invited to read at the Southport Memorial Library and thanks all concerned!  

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