June 18, 2013: The paperback is now in stores. When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for memoir last night, in the liveliest, loveliest award ceremony every. Nothing like a little love from the home crowd! The book also won the 2012 May Sarton Memoir Award for best memoir from a US or Canadian woman. I'm so pleased. The book will soon be available as an audio book, and as a paperback come June. I'm currently booking for spring/summer 2013, trying to keep July and most of August clear for breathing room and family time. You can check my whereabouts on the Scheduled Events page. Not all my book-club visits are listed, so if a day looks unbooked, it might not be, so ask early.
VIDEOS: My favorite video these days is my sister Betty's interview with her idol, anchorwoman Kim Block, (link), which aired after I published an essay on their friendship in Yankee Magazine. On "Bill Green's Maine": (link) a lively interview with a swell guy. Also, Kurt Aldag at PubBuzz.com recorded my appearance at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport, Maine. You can view it in segments here: (link). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt produced this YouTube video of me discussing the book: (link), and WCSH in Portland, ME broadcast this interview for their 207 show: (link).
CURRENTLY READING: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, my New favorite writer.
BOOK NEWS: When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine won the 2012 May Sarton Memoir Award for best woman's memoir published in U.S. and Canada. It was also the runner-up for the 2012 New England Book Festival Award in autobiography. (I'd rather have won.) Soon to be an audio book from Audible, available everywhere, including Itunes. My favorite reviews for When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine appeared in The New Yorker online (link), the Boston Globe, Down East Magazine, Reader's Digest, and The Washingtonian, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly, and many other papers and magazines. Lots of other things in the works, so stay tuned.
The story takes place in 1963,beginning with the April morning when my father, a foreman in the wood yard of the Oxford Paper Company, died on his way to work, the book follows three deeply entwined threads: one, Dad's sudden death and my family's year of grief and renewal; the assassination of the president; and the paper mill's first protracted labor strike. For a contemporary glimpse of one of the "characters," you can follow this (link) to a piece from Oprah Magazine. The original title was "Big Sister, Little Sister"; the magazine version (November 2011) title was "What Betty Knows"; and the online version on oprah.com shows up with yet another title.
FOR PUBLIC EVENTS: If you want a speaker for an event, e-mail me on this site. Go to Scheduled Events first to propose a date. I'm pretty booked lately, and most book-group visits aren't listed on my calendar.
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