Authors & Cake Hour – Explore the Rich Heritage of Our Great State, through Essays, Poems and Short Stories from 3 Nations, and Down East Food, on Friday, June 15th, 2:30-3:30.

Beyond the Sea Bookshop Café & Gifts at Lincolnville Beach, on June 15th Authors & Cake Hour, 2:30 – 3:30, to host author Sandra Oliver, and editor Valerie Lawson, who will give talks and readings followed by Q&A, while all enjoy layer cake and coffee, with an option of a 25% discount on purchases of event books.  
Reservations required.  Fee $10.00.
For reservations please email: Info@BeyondTheSeaMaine.com

About Cooking Maine Style: Tried and True Recipes from Down East by Sandra Oliver:
Marjorie Standish is an iconic figure in the world of traditional New England cooking, known for her popular column, “Cooking Down East” for the Maine Sunday Telegram. She emphasized simple, but good recipes that could be made with ingredients that can be found in most pantries.

Sandra Oliver, Maine’s modern-day Marjorie Standish, offers a carefully curated selection of the very best recipes from Standish’s cookbooks.  Presented in a retro-inspired, elegantly designed gift package, with notes and anecdotes to put Standish’s recipes in context with current wisdom, it is sure to become the new classic in traditional cooking.

About 3 Nations Anthology, by Valerie Lawson:
While much attention focuses on the southern border of the United States, 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers turns to the northeast, where Canada and New England share borders, blood, and heritage. The land is disputed in places, in others the US and Canada share responsibility, and Tribal Lands reside as sovereign nations within their borders. The poems, essays, and short stories in 3 Nations Anthology explore the things that divide, the bridges between, and the intense love of this rugged region the people hold in common.

Edited by Valerie Lawson, authors of 3 Nations Anthology range from those for whom this book will be their first publication to a Pulitzer Prize nominee. They include: Kathleen Ellis, Stephanie S. Gough, Grey Held, Leonore Hildebrandt, Carol Hobbs, Paul Hostovsky, J. Kates, Michele Leavitt, Carl Little, Donna M. Loring, Mark Melnicove, Sarah Xerar Murphy, Susan Nisenbaum Becker, Fredda Paul, John Perrault, Bruce Pratt, Patricia Ranzoni, Cheryl A. Savageau, Catherine Schmitt, Lee Sharkey, Karin Spitfire, Elizabeth Sprague, David R. Surette, Jeri Theriault, Cindy Veach, and many others.

About Sandra Oliver:
Residing on Maine's Islesboro Island, Sandra Oliver is a revered food historian with a vast knowledge of New England food history, subsistence living, and Yankee cooking. Since April 2006, Bangor Daily News columnist Sandy Oliver has solicited and shared recipes with Down East cooks, sharing stories about the food in her garden, community, and across Maine.  Visit her weekly column, "Tastebuds", in the Bangor Daily News.

About Valerie Lawson:
Valerie Lawson, along with her partner, Michael Brown, was the editor and publisher of Off the Coast, Maine's International Poetry Journal. Lawson was nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times, won awards for Best Narrative Poem and Spoken Word at the Cambridge Poetry Awards, and was a finalist for the Rita Dove Award. Lawson has been a bookseller, program manager, director of an arts center, coordinator of a literacy program, reading series organizer, emceed the Swedish National Poetry Slam, and participated in multi-media cultural exchanges with Ireland. Lawson and her partner live in Downeast Maine with a pair of retired sled dogs on forty acres of trees with a view across Passamaquoddy Bay to New Brunswick, Canada.


3 Nations Anthology
Borderlines, figurative and literal, hum in the national and international consciousness with more volume right now. What unites and divides; what's shared and not; the power and complexity of lines drawn arbitrarily on a map. Distinctly of a place, this anthology achieves that rare straddle between timelessness and of-this-moment.
--The Boston Globe

From the opening pages of the 3 Nations Anthology, Elizabeth Sprague's "This That This" emphatically announces a book pulsing with the heartbeat of the land. The words embody this land and call readers home to it; we are compelled to follow.
--Chris Benjamin, Managing Editor, Atlantic Books Today; Silver Atlantic Journalism Award winner, 2014

These are not poems of my world, but they are utterly vital missives from a world we all desperately need to know, the world where water aches an impossible blue, land lies nurtured and unscarred, and a precipitous beauty startles from all corners. Reading the poems in this long-overdue collection is like pulling a deep, revivifying breath into the body. And we're reminded that the world conjured so faithfully in this work is still there, where it's always been, still waiting for us.
--Patricia Smith, author, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the 2014 Rebekah Bobbitt Prize, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize (The Academy of American Poets), and the Phillis Wheatley Award in Poetry

In many ways, the 3 Nations Anthology is a breath of fresh air. The idea of bringing together Canadian, Native, and New England writers is, in itself, a refreshing change from the literary and cultural barriers that we all too often allow to come between us. The fact that this collection is so well-edited, blending new and more established, prose and poetry, is another reason for celebration...let me just quote these lines from a piece by Dan Crowfeather McIsaac that catch the spirit of this collection: "My brothers and sisters, the walls are everywhere and they are very high indeed. But they are not too high if we work together. Come--give me your hand...."
--Joseph Bruchac, winner of the Writer and Storyteller of the Year Awards from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and founder of the Greenfield Review Literary Center