Longfellow Books: Takin’ it to the streets with independent lit

Portland is proud of its Art Walk history and its newer foodie trends. The city touts itself as one of the best places in the country to visit when you want great live music, an up-and-coming place to get down and dance, and a true melting pot of cultures and customs. Portland is also a well-read and a well-written community with some of the world’s best poets, playwrights, novelists and memoirists, without even needing to…

Wartime recollections: Uncovering silver linings In Maine author’s newest book

Sometimes writers spend years looking for their next book, and sometimes it finds them. Gay M. Grant, Maine author and congressional representative, spent years gardening, baking and sipping tea next to her British “mother-daughter-sister-friend,” Patricia Philips, before she realized that her second book, Destination Unknown, released in 2014, would be about Pat.

Tale from Staten Island captures interest of Empire Falls author

An intriguing and groundbreaking event Friday evening at Think Tank was the debut of a literary introduction series by The Authors Guild of NYC to promote up-and-coming authors across the country.These are new writers who will be introduced to the public by established authors such as Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo of Portland, who introduced new novelist Eddie Joyce, a native of Staten Island and Brooklyn resident.

From diverse styles, Portland’s belly dance community plans family-friendly weekend

Each year, Rosa Noreen of Bright Star World Dance brings an internationally renowned belly dancer in for a workshop weekend.“While she's here, we put together a professional variety show featuring music and dance of all different genres,” said Noreen who co-founded BSWD four years ago and moved to her High Street location last year. “This year, it’s Princess Farhana of Hollywood.”
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