Join us on Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00p.m. as Maine-based Novelist Gregory Brown and Pulitzer Prize-winning Maine Author Richard Russo sit down to discuss and celebrate the release of Gregory Brown’s debut book, The Lowering Days (March 2).
THE LOWERING DAYS
Brown’s rhapsodic debut novel is a complex saga about the interplay between nature and the artifice of modern life. In a fictitious town on the Penobscot facing an uncertain future, the neighboring papermill that provided necessary paychecks while it polluted the waters is shuttered. With limited options for work, the area is excited when Japanese investors come calling. Not everyone is happy about the possible return of the mill, however, and in an act of defiance a teen girl from the Penobscot Nation sets fire to the plant, burning it beyond repair. That act—call it criminal mischief or environmental justice—sets loose a series of long simmering grievances, ending in a cycle of violence that tears the community—and two families—apart.
ABOUT GREGORY BROWN
Gregory Brown grew up in Belfast and now lives in Casco. His debut novel, The Lowering Days, which is published by HarperCollins, will be released on March 2, 2021. Brown’s short stories have appeared in several publications, including Tin House, Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Epoch, and Narrative Magazine, where he was a winner of the 30Below Prize.
ABOUT RICHARD RUSSO
Russo, who lives in Portland, is the author of eight previous novels, two collections of stories, a collection of essays, and a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for “Empire Falls,” which, like “Nobody's Fool,” was adapted to film in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries. In 2016 he was given the Indie Champion Award by the American Booksellers Association, and in 2017 he received France's Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine.
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