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Welcome to a very special #mainecrushmonday! Since it’s also #primeday, we thought we’d highlight the benefits of shopping local and reading local, instead of using the large online retail store that shall not be named. 💕📚💕 . One of the coolest reasons to shop at your local Sherman’s bookstore is that we have a huge selection of local authors. By reading a local author you support your friends, neighbors, and publishers, plus you may get to learn something new about where you live! . Also, we have TONS of author events at all of our locations (check out shermans.com or our Facebook page for the schedule!) so it’s easy to meet local authors and get signed copies! . We’re a part of the community, and downtown helps the local economy. Plus it’s super fun to browse our bookstores! You get to see new things and meet new people. We can’t tell you how many times complete strangers have connected by expressing their mutual love of a book and swapping book recommendations. It’s a much more fulfilling feeling then adding something to a cart. What do you love about shopping at your local Sherman’s?💕📚💕 . . . #books #read #reading #bookshop #bookstore #indiebookstore #antiprimeday #shoplocal #readlocal #shopmaine #shopsmall #maine #portlandmaine #freeportmaine #camdenmaine #damariscotta #boothbayharbor #barharbor #summerinmaine #summerreading #bookish #bookworm #bibliophile #booknerd #maineauthor #mainebookstores #neiba
Look who’s sitting in this pile of Maine-authored books.
Thank you Sheman’s Books with your locations up & down the Maine coast.
Mary Lou Hamilton Bagley is an experienced educator (former high school teacher of English, Writing Process & Theater Arts and UNH, DCE instructor in Guided Imagery/Relaxation Techniques), an alumna of Molasses Pond Writer’s Conference/Retreats and The Twin Farms Writers Workshops, a seasoned storyteller, and a lifelong writer. Mary Lou is a member of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.
Along the way, Mary Lou has published numerous feature articles and worked with private clientele (d.b.a. A Way With Words) specializing in personalized poetry, including illustrated “pet poems.”
Especially attracted to projects which combine her many talents, in 2001 she wrote and performed Collage: zany bits and some serious stuff. A mix of “original songs ‘n stories ‘n such,” this show introduced theatre audiences to her emerging body of artwork. It touched hearts, souls, and funny bones while exploring virgin territory, growing up alto, recycling, and love, losses & lifelines.
In Out of the Dark: a collection of short stories, she takes to the microphone and reads four of her original stories in audio book form.
Presently in print, her short story, “Turnabout” appears in Twin Farms Anthology; and,“Knowing When” was chosen for publication in Summer Stories — a collection of stories by ten Maine authors written in response to a series of paintings (ekphrasis) by Maine artist, Leslie Anderson. Her flash fiction piece can be found online at Slam. She’s recently concluded a series of bi-weekly children’s shorts in stand-alone and serialized form for the Journal Tribune.
Her poems, “Amethyst Hour At the Starlight on West 47th” and “Every Evening,” were featured in ekphrasis shows at the Kittery Art Association in 2013 & 2014. “Beloved,” a product of her participation in a “creation circle” as part of the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Project, was included in the culminating event in November, 2014. And, “Song For My Mother” earned her an invitation to participate in Jerome Meadows’ BLANK PAGE POETRY Words & Shadows: Truths That Arise Remembered project — a performance honoring the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth, NH
In addition, she offers inspiration and gentle nudgings to other writers and creatives with her blog, Time To Write (For notifications of postings, please sign up on the blog page.)
Mary Lou is available for readings, speaking engagements, and workshops at libraries, book groups, retreats, gatherings, etc. Please email her for more information.