Monica Wood to Kick Off Fall Programs at MHS

On Thursday evening, September 27, at 7PM, acclaimed Maine author Monica Wood presents When We Were the Kennedys, which the Maine Sunday Telegram calls “a marvel of storytelling.” The talk kicks off Maine Historical Society’s fall series of public programming.

Subtitled A Memoir from Mexico, Maine, the story takes place in 1963, beginning with the April morning when Wood’s father, a foreman at Oxford Paper Company, died on his way to work. From there, the book follows three deeply entwined threads: grief and renewal; the assassination of JFK; and the paper mill’s first protracted labor strike.

The New Yorker Online calls the book “a meditation on time… a record of a vanished way of life.” Wood’s talk will highlight that bygone era: the mill’s founding, its impact on the region, and a moment in time when everything started to change.

In addition to When We Were the Kennedys, Wood is the author of four works of fiction, most recently Any Bitter Thing, which spent 21 weeks on the American Booksellers Association extended bestseller list and was named a Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie’s Ark, Secret Language, and My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award.

When We Were the Kennedys will be available in the MHS museum store and in the online store; copies will be on hand the day of the talk, and Wood will sign books following her talk.

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