Novelist Bonnie Jo Campbell will read in Maine for the first time, and Maine writer Carolyn Chute will join the discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday at One Longfellow Books in Portland. Campbell’s latest book is “Mothers, Tell Your Daughters,” a book about women who love, honor and betray one another against the backdrop of all the men in their world. The Michigan native is known for her observations of rural America and working-class protagonists.

Chute will join the discussion, offering her perspective on writing and rural America. Chute’s 1985 novel, “The Beans of Egypt, Maine,” is considered a modern classic. Of her latest novel, “Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves,” The New York Times wrote, “Carolyn Chute is a James Joyce of the backcountry, a Proust of rural society, an original in every meaning of the word.”

Campbell’s collection of stories, “American Salvage,” was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her novel “Once Upon a River” was a national bestseller.


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