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August 19, 2015:  I am just getting my breath after a gratifying five-week run of my first play, Papermaker, at Portland Stage, their closing show of the 2014-15 season. It was their most successful play EVER in their 30-year history. Ten thousand people saw this play over a five-week run. Unbelievable.. The experience of developing this play over four weeks of intense rehearsal with director Sally Wood (no relation) and six magnificent actors was the most satisfying of my professional life.

Soon I will put up a PAPERMAKER page here.

BOOK NEWS: My new novel, The One-in-a-Million Boy, is due out April 5, 2016, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It has already secured foreign rights in UK, Korea, Israel, Germany, Netherlands, and Italy.

In the meantime, the audio version of When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine. is out, and Readers' Digest selected it as one of "Seven Books You Should Be Listening to Now." The book has finally dropped off the Maine Sunday Telegram bestseller list after 72 weeks. Not a bad run.  The book won the 2012 May Sarton Memoir Award for best woman's memoir published in U.S. and Canada. Also the Maine Literary Award for memoir. It was also the runner-up for the 2012 New England Book Festival Award in autobiography. 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.I am still adding occasional book-club visits to my schedule; if you're interested, see the note a the top of my Scheduled Events page. 

FANS OF BETTY: For a contemporary glimpse of one of the "characters," you can follow this  (link) to a piece I wrote about my sister Betty for 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. Also, here is a video of Betty's interview with her idol, anchorwoman Kim Block, (link), which aired after I published an essay on their friendship in Yankee Magazine. 

VIDEOS: Bates College picked the book as their "common read" and invited me to speak: (link). 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: All the Light We Cannot See .

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.

Thanks for visiting the site, and come back soon! I don't blog, but will make a better effort to keep updating this little pocket of info.

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