october, 2023

11oct6:00 pm7:30 amRyan Brod: Tributaries Book Launch6:00 pm - 7:30 am Mechanics' Hall

Event Details

Join Mechanics’ Hall and Back Cove Books in celebration of Ryan Brod’s new release from Islandport Press. This is a not-to-be-missed night for fans of personal narratives, nature writing, and those of us interested in seeing the natural landscape as a container for (and a participant in) our personal relationships.

Ryan will be joined by Justin Tussing of the Stonecoast MFA program to talk about Tributaries: Essays from Woods & Waters , a collection of contemporary outdoor narratives exploring the line between passion and obsession.

Through the lens of a late-30-something, Tributaries explores the complex, evolving relationships between fathers and sons, between fishing buddies, between anglers and guides, and between outdoorspeople and the landscapes they cherish.

From pine-encroached rivers of Maine’s Aroostook County, to the turquoise flats of Florida Bay, Tributaries draws unexpected parallels between places, investigating the ways in which landscapes impact our lives and relationships. Rendered in vivid detail, Tributaries examines tension between presence and memory, illuminating fleeting yet transcendent moments that stay with us forever.

Save your spot now and register on our Eventbrite page today!

About Ryan Brod: Ryan Brod’s writing has appeared in River Teeth: A journal of Nonfiction Narrative, Tahoma Literary Review, The Maine Review, and Gray’s Sporting Journal, among many others, and he’s a senior contributor at The Drake magazine. A Maine native, fishing guide, and filmmaker, he grew up in Smithfield and now lives in Portland. He teaches first-year writing and creative nonfiction at the University of New England.

About Justin Tussing: Justin Tussing directs the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing and the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and is the author of two novels, Vexation Lullaby (Catapult Press) and The Best People in the World (HarperCollins). He has a wife, three kids, and an indeterminate number of chickens.

Back Cove Books is our partner bookseller for the evening. You can find them at 65`1 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME, or backcovebooks.com


(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 am


Mechanics' Hall


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