Book signing with Camden author Barbara Kent Lawrence

Posted:  Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 10:30am
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CAMDEN —The Owl and Turtle Bookshop Cafe will host a book signing with Camden author Barbara Kent Lawrence on Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lawrence is the author of eight books including Islands of Time, published in 2013, and The Other Island: Ben's Story, published in 2017.

Set on Mount Desert and Little Cranberry Islands, Islands of Time is the story of forbidden love in 1958 between a summer girl named Becky—who tells the story—and a local boy and son of a Down East Maine fisherman named Ben.

Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News said, "Islands of Time is a multi-leveled love story, rich in emotion and introspection. People of all ages can relate to Becky's journey—her struggle to understand how past events, tragic and wonderful, have shaped her life, and how to move forward in the best way possible."

"It's a love song to the people and landscape of Maine," adds author and swordfish captain Linda Greenlaw.

After a long cab ride in 2013 with a former ground-fisherman who had recently lost his boat, his home, and his livelihood, Lawrence began thinking about what changes in the fisheries might have meant to Ben and his family.

She contemplated writing Ben's side of the same story, and through him learning as much as she could about the fisheries in the Gulf of Maine. "It soon became apparent to me that Ben was the perfect person to tell this story."

"Ben's Story is a moving and beautifully written novel of Maine coastal fishing communities: a document of life as it disappears beyond a far, watery horizon," said Maine author Paul Doiron.

Author William Carpenter, full-time faculty member in literature and writing at College of the Atlantic, sees Ben's Story as more than a sequel to Islands of Time. "It's a complete re-envisioning of Barbara Kent Lawrence's engaging and moving narrative. In a time of increased class consciousness in America, it's an insightful study of lovers reaching across class boundaries in a gesture that takes them their whole lives."

Lawrence earned a BA in anthropology from Bennington College, an MA in sociology from New York University, and an EdD from Boston University. She taught anthropology and history in a high school, then co-founded and ran a real estate and construction firm in Northeast Harbor.

After receiving her EdD, she served as a policy analyst for the Rural School and Community Trust and later at KnowledgeWorks Foundation, while teaching writing and education courses at Northeastern and Lesley universities in Boston.

Her dissertation, Working Memory: The Influence of Culture on Aspirations, a case study of schools on Mount Desert Island, won the National Rural Education Association award for the dissertation of the year in 1998, and later became the foundation for her novels.

Copies of Islands of Time and The Other Island: Ben's Story will be available for signing and purchase.

Event Date: 
Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Event Location: 
Owls and Turtle Bookshop and Cafe, Bayview Street, Camden, ME