2018 Audie Award Finalists


2018 Audie Award Finalists Announced

Do you like to listen to your books?  If so, you are in for a treat by checking out some of the best Audio Books available in 2018.  If we don’t have them here at the library we can help you get them from other Minerva libraries, MaineCat libraries or we can even search far and wide and get them from another library in a different state!  Just the other day we got a book for someone from Salt Lake City Library in Utah.  Of course, you can also look on the cloudLibrary for downloadable books but usually the newest ones have long waitlists so getting them as books on CD might be your best bet.

The Audio Publisher’s Association has announced the nominees for the 2018 Audie Awards, honoring excellence in audiobooks and spoken entertainment. Winners will be announced at the Audies Gala at the New York Historical Society on May 31.


 An Almond for a Parrot, by Wray Delaney, narrated by Rachel Atkins, published by Harlequin Audio

Beartown, by Fredrik Backman, narrated by Marin Ireland, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman, narrated by Cathleen McCarron, published by Penguin Audio

I Liked My Life, by Abby Fabiaschi, narrated by Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, and Therese Plummer, published by Macmillan Audio

The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, by Nancy Peacock, narrated by JD Jackson, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See, narrated by Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, et al., published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Literary Fiction and Classics

Beast, by Paul Kingsnorth, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Daisy Miller, by Henry James, narrated by Kitty Hendrix, published by Spoken Realms

Dracula, by Bram Stoker, narrated by Nick Sandys, published by Brilliance Publishing

The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition, by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast, published by Audible Studios

House of Names, by Colm Toibin, narrated by Juliet Stevenson, et al., published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Phineas Finn, by Anthony Trollope, narrated by David Shaw-Parker, published by Naxos


The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, by David Lagercrantz, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Random House Audio

Glass Houses, by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst, published by Macmillan Audio

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, narrated by Samantha Bond, published by HarperAudio

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service, by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, published by Audible Studios

Telling Tales, by Ann Cleeves, narrated by Julia Franklin, published by Macmillan Audio

Audio Drama

Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, by Paul McCusker, narrated by Joseph Timms, Owen Teale, and Geoffrey Palmer, published by Augustine Institute

Cicero, by David Llewellyn, narrated by Samuel Barnett and George Naylor, published by Big Finish Productions

The Mean, written and narrated by John Arthur Long, published by Blackstone Audio

Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama, by Robert Louis Stevenson and Marty Ross, narrated by Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, Owen Teale, and Gerran Howell, published by Audible Studios

The Tug of War, by David Rambo, narrated by Matthew Arkin, Hugo Armstrong, Seamus Dever, Matthew Floyd Miller, James Morrison, David Selby, Rich Sommer, Josh Stamberg, Nick Toren, John Vickery, and Jules Willcox, published by LA Theatre Works

Narration by the Author or Authors

 Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, written and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, published by Blackstone Audio

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios

Nikki Giovanni: Love Poems & a Good Cry, written and narrated by Nikki Giovanni, published by HarperAudio

Norse Mythology, written and narrated by Neil Gaiman, published by HarperAudio

This Fight Is Our Fight, written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren, published by Macmillan Audio

Best Female Narrator

 The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, published by HarperAudio

Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, narrated by Rachel McAdams, published by Audible Studios

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio

The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, by Jennifer Lynch, narrated by Sheryl Lee, published by Audible Studios

The Stone Sky, by N. K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio

Best Male Narrator

 Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee, narrated by Christian Coulson, published by HarperAudio

Glass Houses, by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst, published by Macmillan Audio

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, published by HarperAudio

Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephen Fry, narrated by Stephen Fry, published by Audible Studios

History / Biography

 Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud, by Shaun Considine, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Graymalkin Media

Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope, by Wendy Holden, narrated by Elizabeth Wiley, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Code Girls, by Liza Mundy, narrated by Erin Bennett, published by Hachette Audio

The Home Front: Life in America During World War II, narrated by Martin Sheen, published by Audible Originals

Loving vs. Virginia, by Patricia Hruby Powell, narrated by Adenrele Ojo and MacLeod Andrews, published by Dreamscape Media

My Life, My Love, My Legacy, by Coretta Scott King as told to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, narrated by Phylicia Rashad and January LaVoy, published by Macmillan Audio


American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West, by Nate Blakeslee, narrated by Mark Bramhall, published by Random House Audio

The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, written and narrated by Jon Ronson, published by Audible Originals

Ghosts of the Tsunami, by Richard Lloyd Parry, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Macmillan Audio

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, narrated by Kimberly Farr, published by Random House Audio

This Fight Is Our Fight, written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren, published by Macmillan Audio

Business / Personal Development

 Do More Great Work, by Michael Bungay Stanier, narrated by Daniel Maté, published by Post Hypnotic Press, Inc.

Getting There: A Book of Mentors, by Gillian Zoe Segal, narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Rene Ruiz, and Alex Hyde-White, published by Novel Audio

How to Work for an Idiot (Revised and Expanded with More Idiots, More Insanity, and More Incompetency): Survive and Thrive Without Killing Your Boss, by John Hoover, narrated by Brian Sutherland, published by Audible Studios

Peak Performance, by Brad Stullberg and Steve Magness, narrated by Christopher Lane, published by Brilliance Publishing

Unfu*k Yourself, written and narrated by Gary John Bishop, published by HarperAudio


 Red Sister, by Mark Lawrence, narrated by Heather O’Neil, published by Recorded Books

The Refrigerator Monologues, by Catherynne M. Valente, narrated by Karis A. Campbell, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Skullsworn, by Brian Stavely, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden, published by Brilliance Publishing

Snake Eyes, by John Conroe, narrated by James Patrick Cronin, published by Audible Studios

Spellmonger, by Terry Mancour, narrated by John Lee, published by Podium Publishing

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss, narrated by Kate Reading, published by Simon & Schuster Audio



Book recommendations from across the pond…BBC 2018 choices

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (January, Harvill Secker)

Transport yourself with a sumptuous, mysterious story set in Georgian London. It starts in September 1785 when merchant Jonah Hancock finds one of his merchants at his door – saying that he’s exchanged Jonah’s ship… for what appears to be a mermaid. (Just an everyday, run-of-the-mill swap, then.) Everyone wants to see this creature and Jonah finds himself thrust into the whirl of high society, where he meets courtesan Angelica Neal. But how will the mermaid affect their life together?


The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn (Harper Collins, January) 

An alcoholic unreliable narrator sees a crime being committed – or does she? If you think the premise sounds familiar, well, in some ways it does. But Anna, like a modern-day Lady of Shallott, is confined to her home by agoraphobia and has been for 10 months, giving a new twist in this tense thriller. Fun fact – AJ Finn is actually the pen name of publishing executive Dan Mallory, who submitted the manuscript under the pseudonym.


Lullaby by Leila Slimani (Faber & Faber, January) 

Originally published in French as Chanson Douce and already a bestseller, Lullaby opens with a couple returning home to find their nanny has murdered their children. Louise had seemed like the perfect nanny when Myriam and her husband Paul hired her to care for their children in their Paris apartment. But that turns out not to be the case. Lullaby explores the relationship between the couple and their nanny – but be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted.


Need to Know by Karen Cleveland (January, Bantam Press)

Thrillers don’t get much more twisty and turny than this one. Vivian Miller works for the CIA, rooting out Russian agents. So it’s a slight problem then when she uncovers a network – and sees the photograph of someone very, very familiar to her looking back. With the safety of her three young children at stake, she’s got to make some life-changing decisions. If you don’t mind staying up reading til 3am, this is the one for you.




Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit (Orion, January) 

Imagine knowing you have a stalker – and the problem being that they live in the flat underneath yours. That’s the premise of Dirk Kurbjuweit’s chilling novel, loosely based on the real-life experience he and his family suffered. The neighbour leaves notes under their door, puts a ladder under their window to spy on them and posts notes on a communal board, leading Randolph to conclude there’s only one way out of the situation. A claustrophobic and unsettling read.


The Last Romeo by Justin Myers (Little Brown, February) 

All James wants to do is find The One – but as anyone dating in 2018 knows, that’s easier said than done. His long-term relationship with Adam has come to an end and his best friend is moving to Russia. But before she goes, she urges James to set up a dating blog (much like the author Justin Myers did himself – you might know him as The Guyliner) – and when he dates an Olympian, he finds himself going viral.




Educated by Tara Westover (Random House, February)

This memoir is a dazzling example of what you can achieve if you set your mind to something. Tara was raised in a survivalist family in Idaho and taught to prepare for the End of Days. Isolated from society, she wasn’t even allowed to seek medical treatment if she needed it. She spent her days stewing herbs for her healer mother or salvaging metal. The first time she set foot in a classroom was at the age of 17 – and yet 10 years later, she had a PhD from Cambridge. Tara’s story is an inspirational, truly unique coming-of-age tale.



The Lido by Libby Page (Orion, April) 

Debut author Libby Page has turned her love of swimming into a novel centred around London’s Brockwell Lido – and the unlikely friendship that forms between two women who try to save it. Young journalist Kate is lonely and unhappy when she is sent to interview 86-year-old Rosemary, who swims there every day and doesn’t want developers getting their hands on it. But far from it being a straightforward assignment, it ends up changing her life for the better.

It’s already been lined up to make a splash at the cinema too, with a film version in the pipeline.


Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce (Picador, April) 

Having a feel-good war-time novel may seem like a contradiction – but that’s exactly what AJ Pearce has pulled off here. Emmeline Lake is a budding journalist in London in 1940 who gets a job typing up letters for an agony aunt (not quite the war correspondent role she’s been after). When Mrs Bird refuses to reply to any containing “unpleasantness”, Emmie decides to do just that herself. This is AJ Pearce’s first novel, and she was inspired by discovering a 1939 women’s magazine.


(Picador, April)

This tells the true story of freelance writer Rebecca, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 30s. Two years later, and after months of treatment, she discovered a love of gliding. It took her around the world, from Wales’ Black Mountains to New Zealand’s Southern Alps. She started to write about her new passion, and the history of gliding – the result is Skybound. Sadly she became ill just as she was finishing the book, and died in September 2016.



Slay in Your Lane by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene (Fourth Estate, July)

The self-declared Black Girl Bible takes the form of a series of interviews from leading black women who have succeeded in a variety of fields – including director Amma Asante and author Malorie Blackman. Best friends Yomi and Elizabeth decided to write the book because they realised there was a huge gap in the market – these were the stories they wanted to read about, so they decided to write it themselves. They also scatter in anecdotes from their own lives in their bid to tackle the challenges facing black women today, and plenty of advice.




There are many books from established authors to look forward to in the new year too. Anne Tyler‘s Clock Dance (Chatto and Windus, August) is about a woman who uproots her life to help her son’s ex-girlfriend after she is shot. Kate Mossebrings us The Burning Chambers (Mantle, May) – the first instalment of a trilogy spanning three decades, based around the French Wars of Religion.

Kate Atkinson‘s Transcription (Doubleday, September) tells the tale of a young woman recruited to the secret service during the war – and how her life unravels when she then joins the BBC when the war is over. Jim Crace brings us his new work The Melody in February (Picador), the story of a renowned musician attacked in his home by who he describes as an “innocent and wild” child.

There’s also a new novel from Julian Barnes, with The Only Story, out in February (Jonathan Cape).

Sophie Kinsella fans will rejoice at the release of Surprise Me (February, Bantam) about a couple who find out at a health check that they could have another 68 years together – so they set out to, you guessed it, surprise each other to keep the spark alive.

Crime writer Jeffery Deaver also releases his latest book, The Cutting Edge (Hodder & Stoughton), in May.

Lovers of short stories also have Curtis Sittenfeld‘s first collection in that genre to look forward to, with You Think It, I’ll Say It (Random House, April). Then there’s Rose McGowan‘s memoir Brave (HarperCollins, January) – about being born into a cult and then living in the cult of Hollywood.

And, marking the centenary of women over the age of 30 getting the vote, Helen Pankhurst – the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst – brings us Deeds Not Words (Hodder & Stoughton, February). It looks at how women’s rights have changed over 100 years, and how far there is still to go.


NPR’s Best Books of 2017 Guide

NPR’s long awaited picks for the year 2017.  Surely something for everyone!


NPR’s Book Concierge

Our Guide To 2017’s Great Reads


What the library staff is reading: as we end summer and start autumn.

Janet: “The Mighty Currwongs & other stories” by Brian Doyle.

            I was drawn to reading this book for two reasons: Kate recommended it to me AND the description of the back included these words – “A nimble and very funny collection.” Who would not want to read a book described as nimble!?! I have since finished this book and very highly recommend it. I’m not usually one to read short stories but the writing in this book is superb, humorous, and serious all at the same time. Some of the stories are only 2 pages long but each one delivers satisfaction.


Kate: “The Warden’s Daughter” by Jerry Spinelli.

I have known about this author, but never got a feel for his writing. This book has an interesting premise: a girl living with her father, the warden above a prison, in the 1950s.





Amanda: “Restart” by Gordon Korman.

This juvenile novel takes a fresh look at the heated and ever-present topic of bullying from a fresh perspective: that of the bully. This middle-school football star suffers from a concussion and loses his memory. He is ordered not to play sports and begins to make new friends and develop other aspects of himself while slowly beginning to realize what kind of a person he had been. The shock of the staff, students and his aggressive father (who had been a football start when HE had attended the same school) as the former bully becomes a “new person” will have certain readers feeling a bit more humanity for their own tormentors.


Vesta: “Orfeo” by Richard Powers.

My book club’s next selection. It is well written and well read—I’m reading the audio version—and has a great deal of interest for anyone who appreciates classical music.





Vesta: “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish.
A long book that I found recommended on a list I trust, and one that grabbed me from the first page, when a soon-to-retire college professor is asked to look at some Shakespearean-era Hebrew manuscripts that were found when a 17th century house was being renovated. Beautifully written, with two stories from two eras working well together.



Vesta: “The Flight” by Dan Hampton

Recommended on one of the lists I regularly consult — takes the reader into the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis with Charles Lindbergh during his historic flight. Based on his own words and memories, it’s very real and exciting and informative as it conveys the difficulties of Lindbergh’s remarkable solo flight.




MaryAnne: “The Garden of Evening Mists” by Tan Twan Eng.

I was drawn to it because it was recommended by a patron who has similar “book tastes” to mine. The New York Times Book Review says it well: “[A] strong quiet novel [of] eloquent mystery.” I was hooked right away!






Candy: “The Boleyn Inheritance” by Phillipa Gregory.

I loved “The Other Boleyn Girl” and wanted to read more about this era. Gregory does a fine job of blending fact with fiction. It’s a fun way to step into history.





Henry: “The Best Stories of William Kittredge”

I am rereading this collection because decades after I first read them, they still haunt me. And because he writes about the Rockies where I lived for a long time.






Susan: “The Ballad of the Broken Nose” by Arne Svingen

I really liked this book. A few chapters in and I was hooked on this unusual kid with a big voice and bigger problems. It was originally published in Norway in 2012 with this English edition published in 2016. The voice and tone are just a touch different, which adds to its charm. A middle school boy with a loving but dysfunctional Mom has to manage everything himself while trying to learn boxing when what he really wants to do is sing opera; but only in the bathroom. Hiding his talent all goes awry when he meets a girl who shows genuine interest but can’t keep a secret. It’s funny, sweet, and completely engaging.


I put little reviews of the books I’ve read on “Miss Susan’s Book Notes” which can be found on the Children’s page of the library website (see the pull-down menu under KIDS”)

NoveList Plus 2017 STAFF PICKS

Visit the bottom left hand side of the Library’s website and you’ll see an icon for MARVEL!  Take an adventure and visit NoveList Plus to see what that librarian staff picks for 2017 must-reads!


Publishers Weekly:

In Perry’s (After Me Comes the Flood) excellent second novel, set in the  Victorian era, recent widow Cora Seaborne leaves London with her 11-year-old son, Francis, and loyal companion, Martha, and goes to Colchester, where a legendary, fearsome creature called the Essex Serpent  has been sighted. Scholarly Cora, who is more interested in the  study of nature than in womanly matters of dress, tramps about in a man’s tweed coat, determined to find proof of this creature’s existence. Through friends, she is introduced to William Ransome, the  local reverend; his devoted wife, Stella; and their three children. Cora looks for a scientific rationale for the Essex Serpent, while Ransome dismisses it as superstition. This puts them at odds with one another, but, strangely, also acts as a powerful source of attraction between them. When Cora is visited by her late husband’s physician, Luke Garrett, who carries a not-so-secret torch for her, a love triangle of sorts is formed. In the end, a fatal illness, a knife-wielding maniac, and a fated union with the Essex Serpent  will dictate the  ultimate happiness of these characters. Like John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman, whose Lyme Regis setting gets a shout-out here, this is another period literary pastiche with a contemporary overlay. Cora makes for a fiercely independent heroine around whom all the other characters orbit. (June) –Staff (Reviewed 04/17/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 16, p)



Library Journal:

With his new stand-alone, Lescroart takes an infrequent step away from the lives of lawyer Dismas Hardy and his pal Abe Glitsky (last seen in The Fall) to introduce Sgt. Beth Tully of the San Francisco homicide squad. Beth is a hardworking single mom whose longtime friend Kate Jameson initiates an affair with a married man named Peter Ash six months before he is murdered. Beth and partner Ike McCaffrey are assigned to investigate the killing, propelling Beth into the uncomfortable position of interrogating Kate in a manner that barely falls short of accusation and causes a painful rift between the friends. What follows is a complicated turn of events that brings about the deaths of two more victims before Beth and Ike are able to sort through their growing list of suspects. VERDICT True to form, Lescroart handles his multiple story lines with aplomb, enticing readers to leave Dismas Hardy behind—for now. [See Prepub Alert, 7/18/16.] –Nancy McNicol (Reviewed 10/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 16, p73)



Library Journal:

/* Starred Review */ In May 1947, Charlotte “Charlie” St. Clair and her mother have crossed the Atlantic so the unwed Charlie can discreetly end her pregnancy in a Swiss clinic. A chance to search for her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared during World War II, gives Charlie the courage to break free and head to London. Rose may have been involved in the French Resistance, and her last known connection was a woman named Eve, who carries her own war secrets. Even with the background detail given at the  novel’s outset, there is so much more to learn as these characters are thoughtfully developed through interior decision making and the  actions they take. Allowing Charlie to describe present events, while Eve shares her experience as an English spy for the  real-life Alice Network  during World War I, creates a fascinating tension that intensifies as the  finale approaches. VERDICT A compelling blend of historical fiction, mystery, and women’s fiction, Quinn’s (“Empress of Rome” series) complex story and engaging characters have something to offer just about everyone. [See “Summer Escapes,” LJ 5/15/17.]—Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH –Stacey Hayman (Reviewed 06/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 10, p96)




Butler’s best-selling debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs (2012), garnered widespread praise for its poignant depiction of small-town life in a Wisconsin farming community. Using the backdrop of  his home state once again, this time centering on a Boy Scout campground in Wisconsin’s north woods, Butler’s latest work follows the  erratic fortunes of  Nelson Doughty, an aspiring Eagle Scout and virtually friendless outcast. During the life-changing summer in 1962, Nelson unexpectedly befriends a popular older scout named Jonathan Quick, who, after the pair loses a clandestine contest between scout troops, abruptly betrays him, prompting Nelson to rat out his peers in a camp scandal. Decades later, after surviving a harrowing tour of Vietnam, Nelson ascends to the rank of  scoutmaster and finds himself in charge at the  same campground where Jonathan’s teenage grandson and daughter in-law are involved in a very different but similarly unsettling incident. Butler achieves a rare triple play here of  brilliant characterizations, a riveting story line, and superlatively measured prose, putting him in the  front ranks of  contemporary American writers of  literary fiction. — Hays, Carl (Reviewed 2/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 11, p28)



School Library Journal:

Emma and Jane have a lot in common; they even look alike. Each has been through a traumatic experience and needs to move into a new London apartment, but neither has much money. They both see a gorgeous, glamorous (but minimalist) flat on Folgate Street that is, miraculously, within budget—assuming that the  renter meets the  owner/architect’s strict requirements: no alterations, no rugs or carpets, no pictures, no potted plants, no throw pillows, and about 200 other stipulations. The flat should be experienced as is and, in fact, is meant to transform the occupant rather than the  other way around. But there’s something very compelling about the apartment. When Jane moves in, she learns that Emma was the previous resident—and that she died there. Told in chapters that alternate between Emma’s and Jane’s stories, the  book ratchets up the  tension page by page as Jane can’t resist looking into Emma’s life and death. By the end, readers will have no idea whom to believe or how far any of the characters will go to get what they want. VERDICT Teens who gobbled up Paula Hawkins’s The Girl  on the  Train and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl  will be clamoring for this page-turning psychological thriller, which is already being made into a movie by Ron Howard.—Sarah Flowers, formerly at Santa Clara County Public Library, CA –Sarah Flowers (Reviewed 03/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 03, p153)




Elisabeth Ogilvie’s Tide Trilogy

Biographical Note: Elisabeth Ogilvie was born in Boston on May 20, 1917, to Frank and Maude Ogilvie. She was raised in Dorchester and Wollaston, Massachusetts, summering on the island of Criehaven in Maine. The family spent nearly every summer in Maine, which would make a strong impression on Elisabeth as she grew up. Her childhood was happy and creative, as she was involved with both ballet and Scottish Highland dancing. Her family’s love of words was also very influential in shaping Elisabeth’s career. Her mother Maude wrote for her school magazine, and later for the Boston Post. Her brothers enjoyed writing plays and poetry, and her father was a voracious reader.

Even though Elisabeth loved to make up stories, her true passion for writing did not fully emerge until her English classes with Frank Smoyer at North Quincy High School. He encouraged Elisabeth to write for the school’s literary magazine, The Manet. After her first story was published in the journal, she wrote a new piece every two weeks, and continued to contribute works to The Manet from eighth grade through her senior year. Elisabeth graduated at the height of the Depression, so a college education was not an option. She was determined, however, to improve herself as a writer, so she enrolled in a “Writing for Publication” course at Harvard University in 1936. Shortly thereafter, her first story was published in a Massachusetts newspaper Sunday supplement. Her instructor, Donald MacCampbell, became a staunch supporter, and offered to be her agent when the course ended. Elisabeth’s stories were published in several publications, such as Woman’s Day, Redbook, and Good Housekeeping.

In 1944, she published her first novel, High Tide at Noon, about a lobstering family who lived on fictional Bennett’s Island. Shortly after she moved to Cushing, Maine, and wintered in a farmhouse – called Tide’s Way – on 33 acres on Gay’s Island where she lived with longtime companion (and another Maine writer) Dorothy Simpson for fifty years. Dorothy and her husband, Guy, were great friends to Elisabeth, and often gave her advice and inspiration for her writings.

With the critical and public success of High Tide at Noon, it did not take long for Elisabeth to write the second installment, Storm Tide (1945), which won the New England Press Association Award for Best Novel in 1945 and the Northeast Woman’s Press Association Award in 1946. The Bennett’s Island series eventually grew to include eight books, the last in the series, The Day Before Winter, being published in 1997. She wrote 46 adult, young adult, and children’s books.

Though most of her novels are set in Maine, her Jennie Glenroy series is set in Scotland, the place she called her second favorite after Maine, to which she traveled extensively throughout her life. Elisabeth also wrote several mystery and suspense novels, including No Evil Angel (1956) and The Devil in Tartan (1980), as well as historical fiction. She became involved with several writers organizations, such as the Authors Guild and Mystery Writers of America, as well as lecturing at schools, libraries, and professional organizations, like Maine Media Women.

Elisabeth garnered many fans throughout her long career for her rich descriptions of setting, heartwarming storylines, and great attention to characterization. She died in 2006 on the ninth of September.

Summer Reading list “Sail-Away-on-a-Good-Read” and Pop Up Bookstore from Island Readers and Writers

In addition to their “Sail-Away-on-a-Good-Read”  summer reading list, the local organization Island Readers and Writers, based in Southwest Harbor, will be holding 2 POP UP bookstores this summer—one of them right here at our library on Friday, July 21st!  We hope to see you there.  Come into the library and see the display in the Young Adult room of books from the summer reading list and take a few home with you to share with your family.

Use the link below to see the full list of books in the “Sail-Away-on-a-Good-Read” collection.


New To You! Great books you might have missed.

NoveList Book Squad – a reader advisory service found in MARVEL! (check out the link on our website) just sent along this poster of wonderful reading suggestions.  Southwest Harbor Public Library has 9 of the 12 titles right on our own shelves and the remaining 4 books can be ordered for you through inter-library loan (Eight Girls Taking Pictures, The Other Typist, Quicksand, and The Star Side of Bird Hill).