The Griffin Free Library in Auburn is proud to once again offer a five-week summer author series that will bring some of New England’s most popular and interesting writers to the library. For five consecutive Tuesdays, starting on July 10, the series will feature poets, a romance writer, fantasy novelist, inspirational writer and a ghost writer to the stars.
Each program will run from 6:30-8pm and is free and open to the general public.
“In bringing a diverse group of writers and authors to the series, we continue the library’s tradition of being a magnet for patrons and book lovers everywhere enabling them to experience first-hand which style of writing they enjoy,” said library director Kathy Growney.
Among the events featured will be an evening of poetry, starring two of New England’s premier writers. The winners of the Auburn Village School poetry contest will open the show! Opening the series will be Mark Dagostino, a southern New Hampshire writer that has worked with Hulk Hogan, Gavin MacLeod and Chip and Joanna Gaines, among many others.
Below, is the detailed list of events.
July 10: Mark Dagostino, Co-Author to the Stars
Our summer author series kicks into high gear with our first guest, New York Times bestselling co-author Mark Dagostino. From wrestling rings to Hollywood to the center of the national political arena, Dagostino has emerged as one of the most diverse and compelling writers in nonfiction today.
Dedicated to writing books that inspire and uplift, Mark is widely recognized for his runaway #1 NY Times Bestseller, “The Magnolia Story” with Chip & Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”
For this event, Mark will share lessons in life and business learned from the celebrity, sports, and leadership subjects of his 14 hit books, including Chip & Joanna’s, Villanova Basketball Coach Jay Wright, UFC star Cody Garbrandt, professional wrestling phenomenon Hulk Hogan, actor Gavin MacLeod, Notre Dame football legend Rudy Ruettiger, Fast & Loud star Richard Rawlings, and more!
A question and answer period will follow Mark’s presentation and he’ll have many of his popular books to sell. 6:30-8. Free.
July 17: Satin Russell, Reconsidering Romance!
Have you ever hidden the cover of the book you’re reading or been embarrassed to admit you read romance? Or perhaps you’ve been the person known to dismiss romance novels as being “just fluff” or “formulaic.” Well, come to this fun event by Massachusetts writer and speaker Satin Russell and learn why romance ROCKS!
Satin will also chat about her wild road to becoming a writer: she was a financial advisor for many years up until she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer 2013. It took her a year of saving and planning before she was able to commit to her goal full-time, and her debut novel, “Secret Hunger,” was published in 2015. Satin is a well-known face on the New England festival circuit and her programs are funny and inspirational.
So stop by for our second event in the summer series and learn about the common connection of the romance genre to feminism, acceptance, hope and love.
A question and answer period will follow Satin’s presentation and she’ll have her books available to sell. 6:30-8. Free.
July 24: Matt Landry, Overcoming Your Mountains!
Have you ever wanted to embark on a life-changing adventure, journey or goal, but felt too scared or unsure to do it? Author and motivational speaker Matt Landry knows how you feel because he used to feel the same way.
Then he decided to set out on a hiking journey to climb the forty-eight, four-thousand-foot mountain peaks of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and he soon learned more about life and himself than he could ever imagine.
Matt is both a teacher and a student of life. A lover of life, nature, and the outdoors, he travels extensively, learning as much as he possibly can about human nature and the world around him. His latest book, “Forward, Upward, Onward” is about life lessons that climbing 48 mountains taught him about confidence, procrastination, grit, friendship, and achieving a major goal.
Talk a walk with Matt at this presentation on how you can discover what your mountains in life are and how you can overcome them too.
A question and answer period will follow Matt’s presentation and he’ll have his books available to sell. 6:30-8. Free.
July 31: Henry Walters and Katherine Towler and poetry winners from Auburn Village School, An Evening of Poetic Musings
New England poets Henry Walters and Katherine Towler will read from their latest work and present workshops on their poetic lives. Towler will talk about her new memoir on Robert Dunn, “The Penny Poet of Portsmouth,” and discuss the life and times of Portsmouth’s quirkiest poet.
Walters will read from his new book of poetry, “Field Guide A Tempo,” and lead a discussion about the relationship between a poet’s work and the naturalist’s. Is a fox seen through the poet’s eyes the same fox that the naturalist sees? What can the writer add to our New Hampshire landscape by making a fiction of it?
Towler will talk about her memoir, “The Penny Poet of Portsmouth,” which tells the story of her friendship with Robert Dunn, a rare soul who lived off the grid and sold his handmade books of poems on the street for a penny. She’s also discuss and read some of his poems.
Opening for the poets will be two of Auburn own young students and poets, Ave and Samantha. The young poets will read a selection of their winning work and new poetry as well.
Join us for a very special evening of poetry between generations. All the poets will be available for a Q and A session and book signing after. 6:30-8. Free.
August 7: Ceara Comeau, The ins and outs of self-publishing
By the time fantasy and science fiction writer and Acworth, NH native Ceara Comeau was fifteen years old, she had published two books and had been writing three years. After getting a degree in advertising and public relations, Ceara continued publishing using Lulu, a self-publishing platform where authors can print on demand and create their own career.
Now 25 and with seven books under her belt, Ceara is still publishing, editing and has become an accomplished public speaker. With her dad as an editor and her mom as a book builder, Ceara has crafted a career out of a variety of writing, including her Amber Oak series about a teen detective.
Join Ceara for a lively discussion about the perils, challenges and satisfaction of being a self-published author. She’ll read from her work, talk about breaking down the stigma often attached to self-publishing and show a slide show on her career.
A question and answer period will follow Ceara’s presentation and she’ll have her books available to sell. 6:30-8. Free.