CAMDEN — Last spring the Solon Center for Research and Publishing held a contest to give unknown writers in Maine an opportunity to be published in a book with photographic art that depicts Rockland and the coast in its myriad situations, moods and emotions.
At least five of the writers, who herald from across Maine, will read their stories aloud to the public, Sunday, October 13, at 2 p.m., in the Picker Room at Camden Public Library.
The original art work that inspired their stories will also be at the library on October 13, and then back on exhibit at Gallery Fukurou.
The writers confirmed to read are: Eola Ball, Lee Heffner, Donna Hinkley, Khristina Marie Landers, and Sandra Sylvester. Lee Van Dyke might read as well.
Eighty-eight stories were submitted to Fukurou Gallery, of Rockland, which is a part of the Solon Center. In the end, 27 stories were published to accompany 23 images in Coastal Maine in Words and Art. Seventeen writers told stories with depth, insight, candor, irony, wit and humor.
“Anyone who has ever visited Maine’s coast will be able to relate to them,” said Solon Center, in a news release. “They’ve put humankind’s instinctive emotional connection to the sea into words.”
This event is free and open to everyone.
Books will be available to buy and be signed.
The gallery edition of the book will be sold for $20 at the reading (normally $28). The book is available on amazon at local Maine bookstores, in the gallery, and worldwide through Ingram. All proceeds from the sales of books and art will be placed into a fund for next year’s exhibit of the same kind.
The Maine Humanities Council has provided a grant for the project that enables the Solon Center to donate books to libraries across Maine. MHC is a statewide nonprofit organization that uses the humanities, “as a tool for positive change in Maine communities.” https://mainehumanities.org/
The Solon Center for Research and Publishing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Maine Public Benefit Corporation that helps build community in Maine and beyond through educational, literary, scientific and artistic means, with publications, research, exhibits, events and other initiatives. SCRP is also a platform where people from diverse disciplines can examine issues of cultural and environmental importance, while developing connections. http://soloncenter.com/
Fukurou is SCRP’s gallery and represents Maine artists, and fosters cross-cultural connections with Japanese artists and others.
“We work to help the humanities flourish in communities across Maine,” said Fukurou .”Our books have themes of long-term intrinsic value and are published through our imprint, Polar Bear & Company.”
The Solon Center’s Gallery Fukurou — https://galleryfukurou.com/