Local author, Kate Kennedy, will visit the Main Library on Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m. to talk about her latest book, Maine’s Remarkable Women: Daughters, Wives, Sisters, and Mothers Who Shaped History, 2nd edition. This collection of short biographies profiles fifteen Maine women, all but one born before 1900, who, defying the norms and prejudices of their time, made lasting contributions to society. Among them are: Toy Len Goon, an illiterate Chinese peasant who emigrated to Portland through an arranged marriage, ran her own laundry business, raised eight children, and in 1952 was honored as “America’s Mother of the Year”; Florence Nicolar Shay, Penobscot basketmaker and tribal advocate; and French writer and intellectual Marguerite Yourcenar, who lived on Mt. Desert Island for over thirty years and was the first woman elected to the French Academy in its 350-year history.
Kennedy has a long history with writing. She taught writing at Portland High School for twenty years, and was also the director of the Southern Maine Writing Project at the University of Southern Maine from 2006 to 2012. Currently, she edits and coaches other writers as well as teaches occasional graduate courses for the University of Maine. She has published a novel, End Over End, short fiction and nonfiction, and the first edition of More than Petticoats: Remarkable Maine Women.
Copies of Maine’s Remarkable Women will be available to purchase at a reception and signing following the talk. For more information, call 767-7660. This program is made possible through the support of the Friends of the South Portland Public Library.