SEARSPORT — Carver Memorial Library will host local authors Patsy Baldus, Janet Williams, and Kim Yesis on Tuesday, August 9, at 6:30 p.m. They will read from and discuss their latest books and take questions. Patsy Baldus will present first, then Kim Yesis and finally Janet Williams. The program will be about an hour long. The authors will have the opportunity to sign and sell copies of their books at the end of the program.
Patsy Baldus has spent most of her life enjoying the beautiful surroundings of her beloved Maine. Her zest for life continues, even after retiring from thirty-three years of teaching everything from Kindergarten to Grade 6. She has always loved to write! Her career began at the tender age of ten when she published a community newspaper that immediately got her into trouble. Undaunted, Baldus continued to write in between teaching, during summers, and after retirement. Her memoir, Love, Lutefisk, and Lemon Zest Sneakers, was written as a legacy for her two now grown children, who are only slightly scarred by their mother’s book. What do yellow sneakers, a gecko, a visit to the vet’s, and a memorable seven course Swedish meal all have in common? Why, calamity, of course!
Join Baldus on a romp through these humorous and sometimes poignant adventures as the author reveals the joys and comedic pitfalls of everyday experiences, including vacations, family pets, moving, and dealing with the neighborhood kids. Patsy lives with her husband in Midcoast Maine and continues to plot and scheme about her next adventure as a flower gardener.
After a long career in business management, Kim Yesis picked up her pen to write about the bumps and bruises and benefits of her journey into fine art alongside Maine artist, Peter Yesis—a journey that brought them to Maine. In Side by Side: Tales from Behind the Canvas, Kim tells the story of her husband, Maine artist Peter Yesis, who, at age 50, exchanges hard hat for brush and canvas, a move that could re-ignite their thirty-year marriage or spell its doom. From behind the scenes, Side by Side recounts the artist’s rocky start, his wife’s crash course in art and the transformation of their marriage into a creative partnership…with an unexpected sideline. Side by Side is full of spirit, humor and determination, and a fun and informative read for all who are setting foot on a creative path…and for those cheering from the sidelines as well. Yesis lives and works side by side with her husband, in Searsport, where they enjoy Maine’s beauty and art community.
Janet Williams grew up in England and rescued her first animal at the age of three, a teddy bear abandoned in the gutter. At the age of 20, Williams said goodbye to her horse and her family and set sail for the United States. She settled in Cleveland, Ohio and married and raised her family there, including a succession of cats and dogs all in need of a home. In 2007 Williams retired and relocated herself and her four cats and dog to Searsport. Williams volunteers for several local organizations, loves getting out in nature, gardening, and spending time in the great outdoors with her dog, Leila.
Williams’s book Maxx and Mrs. Queen, a heartwarming and unusual animal rescue story, was written to raise money for animal rescue; all proceeds are donated to shelters and animal rescue groups. Maxx, Harry, Greta, Tootsie, and ZaZa were themselves homeless until Uncle Oscar found them one cold, dark night and took them home. When Uncle Oscar is to be awarded an honorary title, Mrs. Queen invites Uncle Oscar to bring his family to meet her at the palace, and so begins this imaginative story of rescuing dogs and cats from life on the streets and finding them loving forever homes. Be prepared to laugh and cry as the story winds its way from Buckingham Palace through the streets of London and St. James’s Park, bringing the homeless animals to safety, a Royal Fur Ball, and much more. While the book is for children, the story appeals to all ages, teaching about kindness, compassion, and responsibility.
Carver Memorial Library is located at 12 Union Street, on the corner of Mortland Road in Searsport. For more information, call the library at 548-2303.