WINTHROP — Bailey Public Library will host best-selling and critically acclaimed author Monica Wood on Tuesday as part of their annual Winthrop Community Read.

The book chosen for this year’s event is Wood’s newest memoir, “When We Were the Kennedys,” a tribute to the ethnic stew of immigrant families that grew and prospered in a Maine mill town, according to a news release from the library.

Wood will read from the book and speak about the creative process at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 39 Bowdoin St.

Wood is also the author of four works of fiction, most recently, “Any Bitter Thing,” which spent 21 weeks on the American Booksellers Association bestseller list and was named a Book Sense top 10 pick. Her other fiction includes “Ernie’s Ark,” “Secret Language” and “My Only Story,” a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award.

Oprah Magazine said about the book: “In her intimate but expansive memoir, Monica Wood explores not only her family’s grief but also the national end of innocence. Braiding her own story of mourning together with the heartbreak all around her, Wood has written a tender memoir of a very different time.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 377-8673 or visit

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