GARDINER — In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, Gardiner Public Library will host a six-part series, Voices of the Kennebec, with presentations, discussions, readings and creative writing inspired by Gardiner and the Kennebec Valley Region. The first workshop is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the library at 152 Water St.

Using period images, history writer and Rep. Gay Grant, D-Gardiner, will discuss how Maine inspired the lives and writing of Pulitzer Prize winners Laura E. Richards, Edwin Arlington Robinson and Robert Peter Tristram Coffin. Richards’ personal home logs will be on display in the library during the fall. These diaries illustrate the everyday world of the woman who lived in the Yellow House on Dennis Street and who was the daughter of Julia Ward Howe and Samuel Gridley Howe.

Tucked inside one of these books is the actual 1917 announcement that she and her sister had won the first Pulitzer Prize in biography.

All events are free and will feature light refreshments in the Hazzard Reading Room.

This program is funded in part by the Maine Humanities Council as part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, in celebration of the 2016 Centennial of the Prizes.

The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future, and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

For more information, call Anne Davis, director of library and information services, at 582-6893.

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