Colin W. Sargent’s The Boston Castrato

Looking forward to supporting author Colin Sargent in his upcoming events to launch The Boston Castrato.

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7 PM – 9 PM
Colin Sargent Book Signing
For his new book The Boston Castrato
Firehouse Gallery
1 Bristol Rd, Damariscotta, ME

11/17/16
7 PM

Colin Sargent Book Signing
For his new book The Boston Castrato
Portland Magazine
State St. Portland, ME

“Sweeping and ambitious.” —Kirkus Reviews

This book does for 1920s Boston what E.L. Doctorow did for New York in Ragtime: it grabs a city out of history, mixes in some fiction and makes it vivid. Be it the high style of Boston’s Parker House Hotel; the flagrant, fragrant set who dance attendance on the poet Amy Lowell; the scientists and shipbuilders and politicians and utter rogues who raise the city from the dirt; it all shimmers into reality as an outsider leads us into its quaking heart. Raffi, a young Italian, is our guide. He left more than his country behind in Rome. Snipped by a bishop as the last castrato, he is bundled off to America when the Church takes shame. Forbidden to use his voice, other skills steal him into the society of 1920s Boston. Raffi enters the hardest quest of all–the search for a genuine love song.

Becoming Nicole

Honored to be providing books for this Wayne Maines talk.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MEN’S JOURNAL • A STONEWALL HONOR BOOK IN NONFICTION • FINALIST FOR THE LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FOR TRANSGENDER NONFICTION

The inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter for The Washington Post

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn’t long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things little boys were “supposed” to like; but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dress-up and playing Little Mermaid. By the time the twins were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt’s insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart. In the years that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on gender and identity, to accept and embrace Wyatt’s transition to Nicole, and to undergo an emotionally wrenching transformation of their own that would change all their lives forever.

Becoming Nicole chronicles a journey that could have destroyed a family but instead brought it closer together. It’s the story of a mother whose instincts told her that her child needed love and acceptance, not ostracism and disapproval; of a Republican, Air Force veteran father who overcame his deepest fears to become a vocal advocate for trans rights; of a loving brother who bravely stuck up for his twin sister; and of a town forced to confront its prejudices, a school compelled to rewrite its rules, and a courageous community of transgender activists determined to make their voices heard. Ultimately, Becoming Nicole is the story of an extraordinary girl who fought for the right to be herself.

Granted wide-ranging access to personal diaries, home videos, clinical journals, legal documents, medical records, and the Maineses themselves, Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this immersive account of an American family confronting an issue that is at the center of today’s cultural debate. Becoming Nicole will resonate with anyone who’s ever raised a child, felt at odds with society’s conventions and norms, or had to embrace life when it plays out unexpectedly. It’s a story of standing up for your beliefs and yourself—and it will inspire all of us to do the same.

Praise for Becoming Nicole

“A profoundly moving true story about one remarkable family’s evolution.”People

“Fascinating and enlightening.”—Cheryl Strayed

“Exceptional . . . ‘Stories move the walls that need to be moved,’ Nicole told her father last year. In telling Nicole’s story and those of her brother and parents luminously, and with great compassion and intelligence, that is exactly what Amy Ellis Nutt has done.”The Washington Post

“If you aren’t moved by Becoming Nicole, I’d suggest there’s a lump of dark matter where your heart should be.”—Jennifer Senior, The New York Times

“Extraordinary . . . a wonderful and inspiring story.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A downright necessary book—and a remarkable act of generosity by the Maines family.”BuzzFeed

Event: Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting

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Writers Writing About Knitting

Meet Author & Editor Anne Hood

Thursday, December 3rd
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Knitting Circle Begins 5:30 PM
USM Glickman Library Portland
Facebook Invite

Please join Kelly’s Books and the USM Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program in welcoming Ann Hood back to Portland for a book party for her new anthology Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting.

Among the authors featured in the new book are Bill Roorback, Lily King and Melissa Coleman.

We will have a knitting circle starting at 5:30 before the event so please feel free to bring your knitting.

Refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale with a book signing after the reading.

Historical Atlas of Maine

Kelly’s Books to Go was so happy to be the bookseller last week for the Osher Map Library Event for the new Historical Atlas of Maine. We had a sellout that night but I’m pleased to announce that I’ve received a new shipment so if you’re looking for a copy please let me know and I’ll get it right to you . An extraordinary book that will make a great present !!