Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance supports Strout benefit for Wayfinder Schools

Posted on Sunday May 29, 2011

Wayfinder Schools is thrilled that the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (MWPA) is sponsoring a reading and reception with Pulitzer Prize winning and NY 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.”

The MWPA is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to enrich the cultural life of Maine by supporting writers, publishers, and the literary arts. Founded in 1975, MWPA is the only organization in Maine devoted solely to advancing literature and the writing life and is the largest, per capita, writing organization in the entire United States.
Wayfinder Schools is grateful for the support of MWPA, and their commitment to working with educational and arts organizations throughout Maine. Other 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. Additional support is provided by The Camden Public Library.

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 Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, visit