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Voices of the Kennebec-a library program
Voices of the Kennebec
Gardiner and the Kennebec Valley region have long inspired the literary imaginations of some of our nation’s greatest and most celebrated authors. As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, join the Gardiner Public Library for a six-part series of presentations, discussions, readings & creative writing inspired by our beautiful and historic place on the map.  Our first workshop is scheduled for Tuesday September 13 — 7- 8:30 PM.

Using period images, history writer and State Representative Gay Grant will discuss how Maine inspired the lives and writing of Pulitzer Prize winners Laura E. Richards, Edwin Arlington Robinson, and Robert Peter Tristram Coffin.  Laura Richards’s personal “home logs” will be on display in the library during the fall.  These fascinating diaries illustrate the everyday world of the woman who lived in the Yellow House on Dennis Street and who was the daughter of Julia Ward Howe and Samuel Gridley Howe.  Tucked inside one of these books is the actual 1917 announcement that she and her sister had won the first Pulitzer Prize in biography:

The Gardiner Public Library is located at 152 Water Street.  All events are free, open to the public, and will feature light refreshments in our Hazzard Reading Room.

This program is funded in part by the Maine Humanities Council as part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, in celebration of the 2016 Centennial of the Prizes.  The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future, and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work.  For their generous support for the Campfires Initiative, we thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Pulitzer Prizes Board, and Columbia University.

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