Author visit: Lizzie Borden on Trial

“Joseph A. Conforti brings to life the Gilded Age of Fall River in this engaging portrait of Lizzie Borden’s world. Gracefully written and with detailed attention to conflicts of class, ethnicity, and gender, Conforti’s nuanced analysis sheds new light on an old murder.” Elizabeth De Wolfe, University of New England, prize-winning author of “The Murder of Mary Bean and Other Stories”

Conforti will talk about the infamous murder and his research which brings new light to the one of New England’s oldest cases. He will have books available for purchase and will sign copies if requested.

Author Visit with Gerry Boyle 10/10

Touring to talk about his newest book, “Once Burned”, Maine writer Gerry Boyle will be at the Auburn Public Library for a book signing and reading. Once Burned is the 10th novel in the Jack McMorrow series.  Intrigue abounds in Once Burned when someone starts torching buildings in the idyllic town of Sanctuary, Maine, Lead character Jack McMorrow quickly searches out the culprit. This, after, all is a town named one of the “Ten Best Secrets” by a national magazine. The secret however turns out to be the identity of the arsonist, who soon leaves a trail of dead bodies that leads straight to Jack and Roxanne and their daughter Sophie. Will they be the next to die?

Star Wars Laser Tag 10/4

The Auburn Public Library has joined forces with Family Time, Dine, and Play, located at the Auburn Mall, to celebrate Star Wars Read Day with an epic laser tag battle on Sunday, October 4, from 3 – 5 pm.  This family event, to be held at Family Time, Dine, and Play, is free to the public and participants are encouraged to dress as one of their favorite Star Wars characters. The APL mobile library will be on hand with Star Wars books so bring your library card and get ready for Star Wars Read Day on October 10th!

Excited to take part in this nationwide celebration of reading, the Auburn Library will feature Star Wars themed displays throughout the week leading up toStar Wars Read Day. This year Star Wars Reads Day is expected to grow even bigger as fans gear up for the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December.

For more information please call the Auburn Public Library at 333-6640 Ext. 4.  May the force be with you.

Rescued Recipes 9/24

Rescued Recipes is a culmination of a three-year culinary and literary journey that all began with the simple act of one woman tossing old handwritten recipes into a trash can. Among the pages of vintage and modern-day delights, such as Strawberry Pudding, Gingerbread (with lard), and Rosemary Asiago Gems, are stories and reminiscences of this stoic, funny, and frugal woman whose spirit helped her granddaughter (Lisa Canino) fulfill a dream.

Passionate about food and cooking, author Lisa Canino grew up watching classic chefs on television whose dose of kitchen humor inspired her to always serve a well-prepared meal to family and friends with a hefty dose of storytelling and laughter. She lives in Maine.

September 24 from 2-3:30.

Film: On the Edge, Sept. 19

The film, On the Edge, as seen on Maine Public Broadcasting tells the story of lobster-fishing communities on Maine’s year-round islands. At the turn of the last century, there were 300 inhabited, unbridged islands in Maine; now there are 15. At present the lobsters are plentiful, but islanders worry about the future of the fishery and the realities faced by their children and grandchildren.

Still, many islanders are determined to maintain their communities despite complex logistics, economic uncertainty, and shrinking populations.

On the Edge showcases the warmth, as well as the struggle, of island life.

On the Edge was produced by Phil Steel of Dobbs Productions

Author Talk: Distilled in Maine, Sept. 18

Kate McCarty, Portland food blogger and author of Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine, will be at the library to talk about her newest book Distilled In Maine.  Distilled in Maine is  a tour of over six hundred years of Maine history as it relates to alcohol, including profiles of the nine (as of publication) craft distilleries in the state.

Master Artist Marina Forbes to lead series of programs on African Art

Come to the Auburn Public Library and experience the Art of the African country of Ethiopia with award-winning artist and Master Artist Iconographer Marina Forbes in a mini-series of special programs made possible by the support of the Camden Conference.

On Friday, September 25, 2015 at 6:00pm Marina Forbes, will offer a unique interactive and beautifully illustrated presentation on the rich folk tradition of Ethiopian icon painting.

On Saturday, September 26 from 10 – 1 come Paint Your Own Traditional African Icon. The workshop is open to adults, teens and families with children 6 and up.  It is a great opportunity for adults and families to work together and learn about Ethiopian crafts and culture. Inspired by spectacular images of Ethiopian art, program participants will have a unique opportunity to use their creativity and imagination to produce their own authentic pieces of collectible folk art.
The goal of the workshop is to produce a finished piece of folk art. Throughout the workshop, students will be listening to traditional music. Paints and brushes will be provided. Students should purchase a pre-designed painting surface (there will be several options: free, $10 and $35).

Space is limited to thirty participants so please call 333-6640 Ext. 4 to reserve your space or use the on-line form on our calendar.

Author Talk with Danielle Allen at Bates

Bates College, The Auburn Public Library and the Lewiston Public Library are sponsoring a Community Conversation with Danielle Allen, author of *Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality* (2014). It will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2:00 pm at The Benjamin Mays Center at Bates College (95 Russell Street). It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Allen’s fascinating reading of the Declaration rejects the all too familiar polarization of the American political values of equality and liberty. Instead, she argues that the Declaration authorizes communities of political equality which guarantee the liberty of individual citizens to pursue their happiness.

Danielle Allen is the Director of the Edmond J.  Safra Center for Ethics and Professor of Government and Education at Harvard University. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America, Allen is the author of *The World of Prometheus: the Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens* (2000), *Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education* (2004), *Why Plato Wrote* (2010), and *Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality* (Norton/Liveright Books, June 2014).

She is the co-editor of the award-winning *Education, Justice, and Democracy* (2013, with Rob Reich) and *From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in the Digital Age* (forthcoming, with Jennifer Light).

In 2002 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her ability to combine the classicist’s careful attention to texts and language with the political theorist’s sophisticated and informed engagement. Allen is a frequent public lecturer and regular guest on public radio affiliates to discuss issues of citizenship, as well as an occasional contributor on similar subjects to the *Washington Post, Boston Review, Democracy, Cabinet, *and* The Nation.*

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