Camden Public Library supports Strout benefit for Wayfinder Schools

Posted on Thursday May 19, 2011

Wayfinder Schools is thrilled that The Camden Public Library is supporting a reading and reception with Pulitzer Prize winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout on Sunday, June 5 at The Rockport Opera House.  This event, a benefit for Wayfinder Schools, will be held from 4-6pm and will include a reading, wine and hors d’oeuvres, a question and answer session with the author, and a book signing.

Ms. Strout, author of Amy & Isabelle, Abide with Me and Olive Kitteridge, grew up in Portland and now divides her time between Maine and New York.  On June 5, she will read from Olive Kitteridge, and will be introduced by fellow Maine writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo.  Russo says of Strout, who is currently working on a new novel set in Maine and New York City, “In an age when there seems to be at least ten of everything, Elizabeth Strout is a singular writer.  Her clear voice and unsparing vision set her apart, and this, ironically, makes us wish there were more like her.”

Wayfinder Schools has enjoyed a strong community partnership with The Camden Public Library over the years, and is delighted to have their support for this event. For the past two years, Wayfinder Schools students have served as part time interns at the library, which has also served as a key educational and community resource for the school.  Each student holds a library card, and because the library is within walking distance of the school, it has become an important part of daily life for Wayfinder Schools students.

Library Deputy Director Jamie Ritter said, “We have been extremely pleased with our partnership with Wayfinder Schools.  Having students intern at the library is great for us, and knowing that we’re helping to round-out the high school experience for some of Wayfinder Schools students is rewarding.”

Generous sponsors of this event include Charles and Julie Cawley, Richard and Mary Jane Schotte, Richard and Barbara Russo, Maine Magazine and Maine Home & Design.

Tickets are $25 and are available at Wayfinder Schools and The Owl & Turtle Book Shop.  For more information, call Wayfinder Schools at 236-3000, x110, or visit  For more information about The Camden Public Library, visit