PFL Author Talk: Shannon Bowring

Wednesday, September 20 at 6 p.m.

Join Shannon Bowring, author of The Road to Dalton (and Patten Free Library Technical Services Coordinator/Cataloger!), as she reads from her book, talks about her work, and answers your questions.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event courtesy of Mockingbird Book Shop. This program is presented in person and live on Zoom.  Registration is required for the Zoom event only.

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The Road to Dalton: Best friends who have become lovers, a doctor in crisis, a young couple struggling in the wake of a traumatic birth: these are a few of the inhabitants of small town Dalton. The Road to Dalton illustrates the inner workings of these familiar lives in Northern Maine as they grapple with an unthinkable decision made by one of their own. Every person’s path is a reflection of the landscape around them – unchanging, quiet, full of equal parts hope and despair. Against the backdrop of the nineties, the people of Dalton learn how their problems, both small and large, reveal a deeper understanding of the lives of their neighbors—and remind us that no one is exactly who you think they are. The Road to Dalton offers valuable understandings of what it means to be alive in the world; of pain and joy, conflict and love, and the endurance that only comes from living.

Shannon Bowring has been nominated for a Pushcart and a Best of the Net, and was selected for Best Small Fictions 2021. She holds an MFA from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast low-residency program and currently resides in Bath, Maine. The Road to Dalton is her first novel.

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