BLUE HILL â€“ The Blue Hill Public Library will be presenting an â€śEvening of Local Memoirsâ€ť at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at the library.Â The Libraryâ€™s series, â€śWhatâ€™s Your Story?â€ť Sargentville resident and retired U.S. Foreign Service officer Bob Sargent will be reading from his grandfatherâ€™s memoir, and local author Farnham Blair will be reading from his own memoir, Peripheral Visions : Memoirs of a Washington Childhood.
Bob Sargent is a co- founder of Colloquy Downeast and 40/15 Tennis. He has been back in Sargentville since November 1988, living with his wife Jane in a house inherited from memoir-writing grandfather, R. Harvey Sargent. R. Harvey Sargent was born in Sedgwick at â€śTwin Oaksâ€ť in 1875. His memoir describes Maine life in Sargentville in the late 1800s and early1900s. He was a seafarer and topographer with the U.S. Geological Survey, writing in his memoir about the settling of America in the 19th century as well as historic accounts of foreign lands such as China.
Farnham Blair was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of Yale and Georgetown Universities. He is the author of five books–two of poetry, two of essays on art, and one childhood memoirâ€”as well as numerous pieces in literary magazines. He and his wife, Lynne, have lived on the Blue Hill peninsula for the last 36 years. He says that memoir writing is â€śa great way to revisit experiences that have proved valuable to me: if I take the time to write carefully about the past, I find new insights that are often useful in my present life.â€ť He plans to read a portion of his memoir set in 1951 on Little Cranberry Island where he and his family spent summers in Maine.
For more information, call the library at 374-5515.
Contact Name: Rich Boulet
Telephone Number: (207)374-5515