September 2017 Events

September 12th at 6:30pm  Diane Dunton: Living, Learning, Healing

Diane Dunton marries artful storytelling and magnificent full-color Maine landscape and nature photography in this collection of true, heartwarming and inspirational essays. Through words and images, she invites readers to let go of limiting thoughts and behaviors and embrace possibility. Includes personal journal space.

Diane L. Dunton discovered the healing power of the creative arts after the premature death of her husband and her own journey with breast cancer. An avid cyclist, writer, photographer and accomplished portrait and landscape artist, she is also a practicing Reiki Master and Trainer. Diane finds these talents enrich her professional life as founder of Potential Released Consulting Services, the company she started in 1996 to provide specialized human resource and business consulting and training to corporations and nonprofits. She is a skilled motivational public speaker, sharing her life experiences and assisting others in nurturing their own creative life energy to discover and pursue their passions. Diane lives on the water with her husband in the Lakes Region of Southern Maine.

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September 15th at 6:30pm  Jonathan Lethem The Gambler’s Anatomy

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September 20th at 5:00pm. Laura Pope Becoming Portsmouth at the Portsmouth Public Library.


The library’s Local History series features authors and experts on local history topics. The series continues in September with a very special book launch of Becoming Portsmouthedited by Laura Pope. Meet the contributing authors, discuss their first person essays about Portsmouth history, and enjoy refreshments!

At midcentury, two federal urban renewal projects in the gritty, blue-collar navy town of Portsmouth decimated two neighborhoods. But in the 1970s and ’80s—thanks to an influx of artisans, chefs and entrepreneurs—the Port City emerged as a beacon of arts, culinary excellence and preservation. Iconoclast Jay Smith opened the Press Room, the celebrated music club. A group of concerned citizens saved the Music Hall, the last of Portsmouth’s vaudeville theaters. And a Dutch family opened the Euro-style Café Petronella next to a biker bar.

In Becoming Portsmouth, author and historian Laura Pope has edited a collection of essays detailing the changes in the last half of the past century that made Portsmouth a lauded arts- and food-lovers’ hub and, finally, a diverse tourist destination.

After a brief profession as an archaeologist and stints in the restaurant trade, Laura Pope began her writing career at New Hampshire Profiles magazine. She later worked as a staff and freelance journalist and editor specializing in the arts, travel and history for regional newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic Traveler, the Montreal Gazette and Old House Journal. Laura’s first book, a work of history called Portsmouth (2007), was followed by Portsmouth Women (2013, The History Press), an anthology of women’s history spanning three centuries.


September 25th at 6:30pm Jim Curtis The Stimulati Experience: 9 Skills for Getting Past Pain, Setbacks, and Trauma to Ignite Health and Happiness

For more than 20 years, Jim Curtis has battled a mysterious chronic illness. He grew accustomed to living in pain, denial, and despair. But when traditional medical therapies didn’t help, he sought answers elsewhere. He traveled the world and met a group of extraordinary people he calls The Stimulati—and what he learned from them ultimately changed his life.

In The Stimulati Experience, Jim outlines his own incredible journey, as well as his step-by-step program to overcome pain, setback, and struggle to transform your life into one filled with better health, freedom, joy, strength, and purpose. Whether you suffer from a chronic illness, anxiety, or depression, you’ll learn how to achieve better health and an abundance of happiness. Featuring a motivational and inspiring foreword by New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein, The Stimulati Experience distills Jim’s unique nine-step program created from his own personal experience, The Stimulati themselves, and lessons he has learned from creating the world’s leading digital health platforms.

Using grounded scientific research, practical takeaways, insightful evaluations, and his own personal stories, Jim takes you on a journey of self-discovery so that you can radically improve your life. The Stimulati Experience is your ultimate guide to optimal health of the body and mind.

Jim Curtis is the President and Chief Strategy Officer at Remedy Health Media, the third largest digital health platform, which provides integral health advice to millions every year. Jim was also a key leader in developing WebMD and Everyday Health, the top two national health sites. He is the recipient of PharmaVoice’s Top 100 Most Inspirational in Health three years in a row, as well as the PM360’s Elite Disrupter Aware and MM&M’s Rising Star Award. Jim is a public speaker, storyteller, and business coach. He is a graduate of the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in New York, NY.


September 27th at 7pm After Hours Poetry

Our series returns after summer hiatus. Join us and bring a poem to read. Details to come.


September 29th at 7pm  Jarret Middleton: Darkansas

Jarret Middleton is the author of Darkansas and the novella, An Dantomine Eerly. He was the founding editor of Dark Coast Press and the classics library Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Shelf Awareness, The Quarterly Conversation, The Weeklings, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Collagist, SmokeLong Quarterly, and HTMLGIANT, as well as appearing in the print anthologies The Breadline Anthology; Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices; and In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife.

About the novel: Jordan is a country musician living in the shadow of his father, bluegrass legend Walker Bayne. A man who has made a lifetime of poor decisions, Jordan bounces between dive bars, accruing women and drinking himself to the brink of disaster.

When he returns home to the Ozarks for his twin brother’s wedding, Jordan uncovers a dark vein in the Bayne family history: going back to the end of the Civil War, every generation of Bayne men have been twins―and one twin has always murdered their father.

As old tensions resurface and Jordan searches for a way to escape his family’s legacy, a mysterious hill dweller and his grotesque partner stalk the brothers’ every move, determined to see the curse through to its end. Praised by Donald Ray Pollock as “one of the best debuts of the year,” Middleton establishes himself as a novelist in good company with Brian Panowich and Smith Henderson, yet in a category all his own.