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Shonna Milliken Humphrey book signing to be held on the UMFK campus

March 30, 2011


Houlton native Shonna Milliken Humphrey will celebrate her first novel, Show Me Good Land, with four book signing events in April: Tuesday April 12th, 5-7PM at Cary Library in Houlton; Wednesday April 13th, 7PM at Northern Maine Community College’s E. Perrin Edmunds Library in Presque Isle; Thursday April 14th, 6:30PM at Morneault Memorial Library in Van Buren; and Friday, April 15th, 4:45PM, at Blake Library, University of Maine at Fort Kent. Each event will feature a reading, discussion, and an author Q&A.

Set in fictional Fort Angus, Maine, Show Me Good Land is the story of a small Aroostook County town struggling with poverty and loss. Loosely linked through a local murder investigation, the book’s characters navigate the ambiguous moral landscape of a decaying community.
Evocative of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, the pleasure of Show Me Good Land lies in exploring the personalities of the neither all-good nor all-bad characters, uncovering the truth about their lives, and eventually deciding where your own moral lines are drawn. Show Me Good Land is a moving, sometimes melancholy, often funny novel about family, community, loss, redemption, and coming home. It has received rave reviews from many prominent writers including Richard Russo, Joyce Maynard, and Jennifer Finney Boylan.
Shonna Milliken Humphrey was born and raised in Houlton, graduating from Houlton High School in 1991. She holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College. The former executive director of Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, her work has appeared in literary journals, local magazines, and Maine Voices: an Anthology of Maine Writers. She currently lives in Gorham, Maine, with her singer/songwriter husband Travis James Humphrey who will make special musical appearances at the Houlton and Presque Isle events.
For more information: Cary Library (109 Main Street, Houlton), 532-1303; Northern Maine Community College’s E. Perrin Edmunds Library (33 Edgemont Drive, Presque Isle), 768-2700, ext. 2765; Abel J. Morneault Memorial Library (152 Main Street, Van Buren), 868-5076: Blake Library, University of Maine at Fort Kent, 834-7528. All events are free and open to the public.
Show Me Good Land is a $24.95 hardcover book published by Down East Books of Camden Maine.