FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Camden Public Library announces the addition of a new reader for the popular Friday Explorations Read-Aloud Program. Every Friday, at 11:00 am, on the library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, the library will stream a brand new recording of local thespian, Joseph Coté reading aloud selections from a wide variety of fascinating and entertaining books of fiction and non-fiction.
“Joseph began reading aloud to our Friday group in person last winter,” says Programs Coordinator Julia Pierce. “His captivating voice and talent for engaging an audience quickly made him a favorite. Joseph has experience as a Shakespearean actor, and if you can’t go to see plays because of Covid-19, listening to a skillful orator read aloud is the next best thing!”
For Friday, October 23, Coté will read from Stephen Crane’s book, The Open Boat, about four survivors adrift in a leaking dinghy after a shipwreck. First published in 1897, it was based on Crane’s experience of surviving a shipwreck off the coast of Florida earlier that year while traveling to Cuba to work as a newspaper correspondent.
Coté grew up in Old Town, Maine. While a communications student at UMO, he moved up the ranks from dining room waiter to self-styled “entertainment manager” over three summers at Camden’s historic Whitehall Inn. By graduation in 1971, Coté was avidly plotting a life of travel, exploration, and story-gathering well beyond the waves of Camden Harbor. Following his graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Coté explored the world “at someone else’s expense” for thirty-four years working in the international five-star hotel industry. After living in twenty-seven foreign cities from Marrakech to Shanghai, London to Sydney, Buenos Aires to Capetown, Paris to Singapore, and so many more, Coté retired to Camden in 2018.