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August 2018

Friends of Patten Free Library Meeting

August 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The meeting is open to all.  Join us in the upstairs Board Room.        

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September 2018

Katherine Silva Book Talk: “The Collection”

September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Downtown Abbey meets American Horror Story in Silva’s new novella, published in April.  She is the Midcoast Maine author of the Monstrum Chronicles series, a connoisseur of coffee, and victim of crazy cat shenanigans. Her second book in the series, Aequitas, was nominated for a 2013 Maine Literary award. She published her first comedy, Night Time, Dotted Line in November 2013. She is a member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, New England Horror Writers Association, and founder of…

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Now Read This Book Group: “What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A debut collection which ranges from the fantastical to the domestic, but always rooted in human need and longing. The 12 stories that make up What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky are set in Nigeria and the US, sometimes moving between the two (the author was born in the UK, has lived in Nigeria and is now based in the States). Arimah’s focus is on the lives of girls and women, and while her perspective is…

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October 2018

Meet the Author: Abdi Nor Iftin, “Call Me American: A Memoir”

October 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America–first by way of the movies; years later, through a miraculous green card. Parts of his story were first heard on the BBC World Service and This American Life. Now a proud resident of Portland, on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin’s dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why western democracies still beckon to those looking to make a…

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“Mask” (1985)

October 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The true story of Rocky Dennis, a young man who has craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, a fatal disease which causes facial disfigurement. Rocky is the son of biker Rusty, and he is accepted without question by his mom’s boyfriends and her cycle buddies, but treated with pity and disgust by much of the outside world. Eric Stoltz, Cher, and Sam Elliott star. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

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“Edward Scissorhands” (1990)

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor (Vincent Price) whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although Edward (Johnny Depp) had an irresistible charm, he wasn’t quite perfect. The inventor’s sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp shears of metal for hands. Edward lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon Lady (Dianne Wiest) took him home to live with her family. And so began Edward’s fantastic adventures in a pastel…

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The Ku Klux Klan in Maine

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The State of Maine and the Ku Klux Klan… It’s an improbable antithesis, but indeed the KKK took root in Maine in the 1920s. Mark Alan Leslie will tell the tale of the rise and fall of this organization which, now and again, still makes headlines in Maine today. Leslie’s new novel The Crossing tells the story of a fictional, tight-knit town in western Maine, where a charismatic Klan leader draws a large following when he targets Catholic immigrants, Jews,…

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“The Elephant Man” (1980)

October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the “the Elephant Man.” Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. Merrick becomes the toast of London and charms a caring actress (Anne Bancroft). Directed by David…

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Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

October 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Patten Free Library is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” with a talk by Siena College Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Georgetown resident, Ray Boisvert. “Frankenstein’ is about as familiar a name as one can find. Its meaning, though, is most often associated with films rather than with the novel.  This talk will focus on the novel. It will explore topics raised there, along with some contemporary manifestations. Among them: letter writing (a lost art…

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November 2018

Pete Kilpatrick Solo Concert

November 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Portland based singer/songwriter Pete Kilpatrick grew up with a deep and resounding love of melody. With no formal training in music, Pete picked up the acoustic guitar at the age of 16 and began teaching himself how to play, crafting his own songs all while falling deeply in love with the process. Kilpatrick’s band has been named Maine’s best act four times in the Portland Best Music Awards and has performed more than 1,400 shows. They have shared the stage with…

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