The Camden Public Library is delighted to present Maine author Kay Tobler Liss in conversation with Joseph Coté in the Picker Room and on Zoom on Thursday, February 1, at 6:30 PM to discuss and read excerpts from Liss’s new novel, Coming Home. A book signing will follow.
This is a hybrid program and will take place in the Picker Room as well as on Zoom. To attend virtually, register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DYXrHlYNQoeS_wu1qXSl9w
About Coming Home
Four generations of a family return to cherished places in nature from their youth and uncover buried secrets about themselves. From the coast of North Carolina to New York, from Savannah, Georgia to Switzerland, the special places include a meadow, a pine grove, a river, and mountain valley. Their journeys begin after a Christmas dinner and end a year later when they gather again to share their stories and start to heal as a family. They finally face a pivotal event—the death of a sibling and son. The most valuable lesson they learn is that nature can not only be a source of beauty and solace but of personal transformation and expanding compassion for all life.
“Kay Tobler Liss’s Coming Home is a tender, compassionately rendered novel about place, family, and the triumph of return. About memory. About cherishing, and at a time when we need it most.”
—-Jack Driscoll, author of Twenty Stories, and other volumes of short stories, novels, and poetry. He is the recipient of a PEN/Nelson Algren Short Fiction Award and a 1998 Editor’s Book Award.
“A tender and lyrical portrayal of a family propelled into the future by the special places of their past. Liss’s intimate connection to nature and its healing power is on full display. Heartfelt and hopeful.”
—Laurel Dodge, author of The Buoyant Letters of Mimsy Bell
About Kay Tobler Liss
Kay Tobler Liss’s greatest passion is for the natural world. She began writing poetry while out in the woods where she grew up on Long Island, New York. She won a prize for her poetry at 17, and went on to study literature at Bard College and Environmental Studies at Southampton College. Kay Tobler Liss wrote for newspapers and magazines for many years, and also taught literature on the high school and college level but had always wanted to write a novel. Her first novel, The Last Resort published in July 2020, combined both her passion for nature and for social justice for oppressed people. Her new novel, Coming Home, deals with how nature can not only save us as individuals but help us find common ground with other people and all living things.