2016-07-29 / Community

Author Monica Wood to speak at library

The South Portland Public Library’s next author talk features Maine author Monica Wood, who will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the library’s main location. Wood will discuss her books, highlight her latest novel, “The One-in-a-Million Boy,” an IndieNext pick which has already secured publishing rights in 16 countries.

“The One-in-a-Million Boy” revolves around a friendship between a 104-yearold Lithuanian immigrant woman and an 11-year-old Boy Scout obsessed with Guinness world records. For seven Saturdays, the boy has arrived promptly to do Ona Vitkus’s yard chores, record her life story for a fifth-grade school project, and talk her into gunning for the record of Oldest Licensed Driver. On page two, the reader discovers that the boy has recently died. In his place, on the 10th Saturday, the boy’s father reluctantly shows up to complete his son’s good deed. A professional guitar player, Quinn was an absent father who was a little afraid of his sweet, strange son. Through Quinn’s own friendship with Ona, the boy returns to life in ways that offer unexpected detours to people who believed they were through with second chances.

Wood is the author of “When We Were the Kennedys,” a New England bestseller, Oprah magazine summer-reading pick, and winner of the May Sarton Memoir Award and the Maine Literary Award. She is also the author of the novel, “Any Bitter Thing,” an ABA bestseller and Book Sense Top 10 pick.

Books will be provided for purchase by Bull Moose at a reception and signing following the talk. For more information, call Adult Services at 767-7660, ext. 2. The event is made possible through the support of Friends of the South Portland Public Library.

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