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

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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 !!

Stonecoast Winter Residency

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 9
7:30 p.m. Welcome Remarks and Faculty Introductions
Justin Tussing, Interim Director
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

Flash Faculty Readings
Flash Readings I: Faculty members will share three minutes of their work.
Susan Conley, Martín Espada, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Michael Kimball, Debra Marquart
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10
7:00 p.m. Faculty and Guest Readings
James Patrick Kelly (Theodora Goss) and Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Jeanne Marie Beaumont)
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Welcome Reception for Students and Faculty
Light refreshments and cash bar
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11
7:00 p.m. Faculty and Guest Readings
Brock Clarke (Sarah Braunstein) and Lily King (Jaed Coffin)
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Stone House: A Literary Anthology Reading

Join in celebrating the launch of Stone House: A Literary Anthology, a collection of student and faculty work that carries the theme of “place.” The event will include an introduction on the project and a couple short readings, followed by a celebration at the Harraseeket tavern. Copies of the anthology will be available for sale at the event.
Bobbie Ford, Editor
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

MONDAY, JANUARY 12
7:00 p.m. Faculty and Guest Readings
Jeanne Marie Beaumont (Debra Marquart) and Jaed Coffin (Michael Kimball)
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Stonecoast Open Mic (student organized)
Students should be prepared to read for 3 minutes and sign up at the door.
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13
7:00 p.m. Faculty and Guest Readings
Rick Bass (Suzanne Strempek Shea) and Elizabeth Hand (James Patrick Kelly)
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

8:00 p.m. “Stonecoast Follies” – Student-Organized Talent Show
Come one, come all, to perform, and applaud.
Katie Bryski, Host
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15
7:00 p.m. Flash Faculty Readings
Flash Readings II: Faculty members will share three minutes of their work
T Fleischmann, Aaron Hamburger, Eléna Rivera, Lewis Robinson, Elizabeth Searle and Suzanne Strempek Shea
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Stonecoast Open Mic (student organized)
Students should be prepared to read for 3 minutes and sign up at the door.
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16
7:00 p.m. Faculty and Guest Reading
Nancy Holder (Aaron Hamburger) and Stephen Motika (Eléna Rivera)
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. GRADUATION CEREMONY
Commencement Speaker – Elizabeth Hand
Freeport High School Performing Arts Center
30 Holbrook St., Freeport, Maine

8:30 p.m. Graduation Reception and Dance
Light refreshments and cash bar
Harraseeket Inn – Casco Room

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. House Party! Farewell to the Stone House
Students, alumni, faculty and our countless supporters are welcome to join us as we celebrate the last day at our beloved Stone House.
Refreshments, cash bar and live music
The Stone House

6:00 p.m. Stonecoast Community Dinner (optional)
Students, faculty, guests are welcome to gathering in the tavern for dinner.
Harraseeket Inn — Broad Arrow Tavern

Stonecoast Writers Conference

Kelly's Books to Go at Stonecoast Writers Conference 2014

Kelly’s Books to Go at Stonecoast Writers Conference 2014

It was a great MFA residency and I’m really going to miss the 2014 summer graduating class !! Now I’m still at the Stonehouse for the Stonecoast Writers Conference. So happy to be spending the week with Lily King, Ann Hood, Susan ConleySarah Braunstein, Colin Woodard, Lewis Robinson, Helen Peppe, Gibson Fay-Leblanc, and of course the wonderful Justin Tussing. What a wonderful way to spend a week here in Maine . Will have autographed books for sale so let me know if you’d like one.