Threads of Realism at Hartland Public Library

Yesterday, Clif and I went to the Hartland Public Library, where I gave my presentation Threads of Realism in Fantasy: Maya, Maine, and the Franco-American Connection. My friend Beth Clark is a member of the Friends of the Library, and she recommended me and my presentation.Β  Thank you, Beth!

Hartland Library is a very sweet, welcoming place, filled with books, DVDS, and computers.Β  I was reminded, yet again, how lucky Maine is to have such a wealth of libraries in communities great and small across the state. Hartland has a population of approximately 1,700, and the library is a real gem, a center to the town.

Being new at giving presentations, I am always a little nervous at the start. But at the Hartland Library, those who came were so warm and appreciative that I was soon put at ease. When I had finished and we were chatting over refreshments, Beth made a comment that was music to my ears, as the saying goes. Beth told me that she enjoyed my presentation so much that she would like to hear it again and to let her know if I do another one within an hour’s radius of Hartland.

Oh, thanks, Beth! I’ll be sure to let you know.

Me, my book, and a slide from my presentation

24 thoughts on “Threads of Realism at Hartland Public Library”

  1. I am so glad your presentation went well and it is so heartening to see libraries thrive in rural communities. I am sure you and Cliff will find a way to celebrate and I wish you both a wonderful weekend β˜ΊπŸ’– xxx

    1. Many thanks! Yes, Maine is very lucky to have so many libraries in rural communities.

  2. As a retired professor of communication, I am here to tell you that you will always feel nervous at the start of a presentation–it’s evidence that you care about it going well! As the old saying goes, You can’t get rid of the butterflies in your stomach but you can teach them to fly in formation! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks for those wise words! I will definitely be thinking about keeping the butterflies in formation during my next presentation on June 3.

  3. You look relaxed and radiant in the photo. It must have been taken after the presentation! If not, you hide your nervousness well. Good job.

    1. The photo was indeed taken after the presentation πŸ˜‰ Thanks, Brenda!

  4. The combination of quotes from the book, personal history, connection to a sense of place, and discussion of the craft of writing were a perfect combination. The photos well illustrated your points and there was a nice discussion. It was a delightful evening.

  5. You and your wonderful book have been on my mind! Sending you happy thoughts and well wishes πŸ™‚ You are truly awesome!

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