Arts & Culture

Firestein to speak on US-China Relations in Ellsworth

Next February's Camden Conference on "The Challenges of Asia," will be live-streamed to The Grand for the first time and has already begun to inspire a lively series of community events in the Down East area, beginning on Friday, November 19th, with a talk by David Firestein.   Firestein’s talk, "The Politics of US-China Relations," takes place at the Ellsworth Public Library from 1-3pm.   The event is free and open to all.

Firestein, who is Vice President for the Strategic Trust-Building Initiative and Track 2 Diplomacy at the East-West Institute in New York, leads EWI’s China, Russia and United States initiatives, reporting to the president. A career U.S. diplomat from 1992 to 2010, Firestein is an expert in China, Russia, public diplomacy and U.S. politics. In his Foreign Service career, he served at the U.S. embassies in Beijing and Moscow. Firestein speaks near native-level Chinese and fluent Russian and has interpreted for senior U.S.

River Music - The Music of Paul Sullivan

We'll be in Ellsworth at the Grand on December 3rd,
Bath at the Chocolate Church on December 4th,
Unity at the Performing Arts Centre on December 11th,
and in Bangor at All Soul's Church on December 12th.



Prolific and acclaimed writer David Madden will spend the day at the University of Maine on Monday, Nov. 1.   Louisiana State University's Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing, emeritus, Madden will visit with UMaine English
students and faculty members to share his insights and expertise on writing.  At 4 p.m., the University of Maine bookstore will host him for a reading and book signing.

Madden's new novel, "Abducted by Circumstance," is his tenth.  He was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his 1978 novel, "The Suicide's Wife," a story that also became a television movie.  Arguably one of the most prolific writers in contemporary literature, Madden has produced numerous short stories, poems, essays, textbooks and scholarly works -- in addition to his novels -- in a career that has spanned more than 50 years.

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