The One in a Million Boy

When We Were the Kennedys

Any Bitter Thing

Ernie's Ark

My Only Story

Secret Language

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Schedule of Events


Monica Wood     Monica Wood  


Over the years I have spoken at many dozens of public events. If you would like to engage me as a speaker, e-mail me on this site. My speaker fees are very reasonable. For a look at one of my book talks, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r9owt8gAPA

Here's how it will go: Beginning with a discussion of and brief reading from a current work, I usually go on to speak about writing, research, writing memoir or fiction, the writing life, creativity, or any special topic related to your group. I conclude with a ten-minute Q/A. About 45-60 minutes total, which is about the time when people really need to get out of their seats. 

NOTE TO BOOK GROUPS: I adore book groups and am tremendously grateful for them. I used to visit book groups for free, but because of the number of requests, I now charge an honorarium to cover time and travel. (I love meeting readers, but I loathe driving.)


2018 Road Schedule


March 20: Treasure Coast Literary Society, Stuart, FL (private event)

March 21: Treasure Coast Literary Society, Vero Beach, FL (private event)

March 26: Southwest Harbor Library, SWH, ME. 6:30

March 30: Weld Library, Weld, ME. 4:00pm

March 31: Carabassett Valley Public Library, 3:30pm

April 3: Thomas Library, Cape Elizabeth, ME. 6:30

April 5: Book group visit, Yarmouth, ME. (private event)

April 7: Book Lovers' Brunch, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA. 10 am

April 26: "Little Black Dress" Goodwill fundraiser. 6pm at Ocean Gateway.

April 28: The Language Exchange, Portland, ME. (time TBA, probably 6pm)

May 3: Book group visit, Portland. (private event)

May 5: Delta Kappa Gamma convention, Irvine, CA. 8:30am (PST) via Skype

June 13: Turner Public Library, Turner, ME. 6:30

Aug 15: McArthur Library, Biddeford, ME. 6:30

Aug 16: Curtis Library, Brunswick, ME. 7pm



2017 Road Schedule

NOTE: My public events are short on reading, long on conversation, and lots of fun!. Come join me!

April 18: Paperback launch, Longfellow Books, Portland, ME, 7pm

April 21: Midcoast paperback launch, Left Bank Books, Belfast, ME, 7pm.

April 29: Newburyport Book Festival, MA.

May 2: Gray Library, Gray, ME, 6:30pm

May 3: Baxter Library, Gorham, ME, 7pm

May 6: Mexico Public Library, Mexico, ME, NOON.

May 9: Book-club visit. (Private event.)

May 10: Book-club visit. (Private event.)

May 31: Book-club visit. (Private event.)

June 1: Millinocket Memorial Library, Millinocket, ME, 7pm

June 12: Book-club visit. (Private event.)

June 16: Book-club visit. (Private event.)

July 18: College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME. "Coffee and Conversation," 9am.

July 18: Hancock Point Library, 7pm

July 19: Dorcas Library, Prospect Harbor, ME, 3pm

July 20, Deer Isle Library, Deer Isle, ME, 4pm.

Aug 25: M&D Theatre, North Conway, NH: 

6pm: Q/A to kick off "One Book, One Valley" choice of The One-in-a-Million Boy.  

7:30 pm: curtain rises on Papermaker. FMI: http://www.mdplayhouse.com/

Sept 5: Dyer Library, Saco, ME. 6:30pm

Oct 6: Westminster School, Simsbury, CT. Evening reading.

2016 Road Schedule


March 14: Cumberland Club book group, Portland, ME (private)

March 18: NEIBA “All About the Books” First Parish Church, Cambridge, MA. 10:30-12

April 5: BOOK LAUNCH at Portland Stage Company (SOLD OUT) 6:30pm

April 6: SECOND BOOK LAUNCH at Nonesuch Books, So Portland, ME. 7pm  

April 7: Book talk at DDG Booksellers in Farmington, ME. 6:30pm

April 13: Newtonville Books, Newton, MA 7pm

April 14: River Run Books, Portsmouth, NH 6:30pm

April 15: Jabberwocky Books, Newburyport, MA  7pm

April 19: Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord, NH 7pm

April 20: Gray Library, Gray , ME. 6:30pm

April 21: Common Street Arts, Waterville, ME. 5:30 pm

May 3: "Chats with Champions" Damariscotta, ME. 10am

May 3: Lewiston Public Library, 6:30pm

May 12: "Coffee with the Authors," hosted by Buttonwood Books, Cohasset, MA. 10am

June 21: Southport Library, Southport, ME. 7pm 

June 28: Windham Library, ME. 6pm

June 30: First Parish Church, Portland. "Writerly Friendship: In Conversation with Christina Baker-Kline, Lily King, and Monica Wood. THIS IS A FUNDRAISER FOR MY LOCAL BRANCH OF PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY.

July 12: St. George Literary Series, Martinsville Oceanview Grange, Tenants Harbor, ME. 5:30pm  

Aug 2: Boothbay Yacht Club, Boothbay Harbor, ME.  11AM. (NOTE TIMES CHANGE)

Aug 2: Winthrop Library, ME. 6:30pm

Aug 3: Bucksport Alamo Theater, ME. 5:30pm

Aug 4: Jesup Library, Bar Harbor, ME. 7pm

Aug 5: Southwest Harbor Library, SWH, ME. NOON. "Coffee with the Author"

Aug 9: Belfast Free Library, ME. 6:30pm

Aug 16: Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, ME: 10am

Aug 18: South Portland Library, SoPo, ME: 6:30pm

Sept 4: Fundraiser, Barbara Bush Literary Foundation, Kennebunkport, ME

Oct 4: Gould Academy, Bethel, ME. Evening reading.

Nov 9: Raymond Village Library, ME. 6:30pm book talk.

Nov 10: Lewiston Public Library, ME. 6pm book talk.



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