Since I know I have quite a few local readers here at Brews and Books, I post a weekly round-up of beer- and book-related events in southern Maine. If you’re in the Portland area, hopefully this keeps you abreast of some of the cool events happening in your backyard. If you aren’t, here’s your excuse to come to Maine!
Thursday, June 10
At the Great Lost Bear, brews from the incomparable Stone Brewing Company will be available on the cheap from 5-9 as this week’s microbrew showcase. Stone’s IPA, Levitation and Sublimely Self-Righteous are confirmed on tap, among others.
Friday, June 11
At Yarmouth’s First Universalist Church, Alan Hall will be presenting a program starting at 7:30. Hall is the author of Images of America: Yarmouth and Dancing with the Abolitionists: The Curious History of Yarmouth’s Unitarian-Universalist Church. The program is free, but there is a suggested donation of 5 dollars.
Bestselling author Dennis Lehane will be at the newly-renovated Portland Public Library for a reading and discussion at 7 PM. The event is in support of the paperback release of Lehane’s The Given Day, and is being done in association with Longfellow Books.
On Friday and Saturday, Kennebunkport’s Nonantum Resort is holding an event with The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories authors Tom and Ellen Zappala. There will be a chance to meet the authors at 6 PM on Friday, and Saturday will feature a breakfast with the authors at 7:30, a book signing at 11AM, and vintage baseball clinic for kids starting at noon.
Saturday, June 12
Sunday, June 13
Sunday is the 37th annual Old Port Festival, which runs from 11 AM to 5 PM in Portland’s Old Port. While I haven’t seen any specific listings for beer specials for the event, you can be sure that Old Port bars like Amigos, Gritty’s and Rosies will all have plenty of specials all day.
Monday, June 14
Need another excuse to go to Whole Foods? Laura Trice, author of The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook presents a talk and cooking class at 6 PM.
Tuesday, June 15
Local author Leo Wysochansky will read from and discuss his memoir, Finding My Road to Freedom, at People Plus in Brunswick. The event is part of People Plus’ Brown Bag Author Program, and starts at noon. The book focuses on Wysochansky’s childhood in Eastern Europe and his eventual move to a new life in Brunswick, Maine.
Wednesday, June 16
As part of their regular Brown Bag Lecture series, the Portland Public Library hosts Bobbi LaChance. LaChance is the author of Wishes, and will present her lecture from noon to 1 in the Rines Auditorium.
If you know of or are hosting an event related to beer or books in the Portland area and would like to see it mentioned here, drop me a line at email@example.com.