February 16, 2012

BOOKS: Poetry and memoirs

Various writers

The Box of Daughter

Maine author Katherine Mayfield announces the publication of her memoir, “The Box of Daughter” (Maine Authors Publishing Jan. 12, 2012), which details her journey of healing after enduring decades of emotional abuse in her family, as stated in a news release.

The Box of Daughter exposes the dark truths hidden behind a family’s facade of perfection. The author’s parents were upstanding citizens in a large suburban community, devout church members who volunteered and gave generously of their time, treasure and talents. But behind closed doors, they took their frustrations out on their children by bullying them, just as their own parents had done to them.

As a child, the author found love and affection through her relationships with cats, neighbors and extended family. In her 20s and 30s, she pursued a professional acting career in an attempt to gain the attention she lacked in childhood, appearing in plays, independent films and on the daytime drama “Guiding Light.” Entering therapy in her 30s in response to a divorce, she began to unravel the threads of dysfunction in her family.

Mayfield is the author of two books on the acting business: “Smart Actors, Foolish Choices” and “Acting A to Z,” both published by Back Stage Books. She lives in Cape Neddick, teaches writing in Maine and is available for interviews. More information can be found at www.TheBoxofDaughter.com.


“Just Hold On: A Journey through Depression with Faith and Hope,” by Augusta author Muffy Loiko, was recently released.

This is a story of a life-long battle with depression and anxiety. It is an illness that did not get diagnosed until later in the author’s life. It explains the path and the journey that this adventure has been. When the illness is affecting other people, it is time for help.

The book is available at: www.authorhouse.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and www.amazon.com.


Four-Alarm House

Maine poet Carolyn Gelland has released her debut collection “Four-Alarm House” from North Carolina-based publisher Main Street Rag. During February and March, Gelland will give several readings and signings from the collection around the state, as stated in a news release.

After working as a translator and running a small art gallery in New York City, Gelland married poet Kenneth Frost (author of “Night Flight”) and settled in rural Maine to focus on writing. Her work has since appeared in literary journals including “Iodine Poetry Journal,” “The Bitter Oleander,” “Sou’wester,” “Off the Coast,” “Grasslimb” and “RiverSedge.”

Gelland’s upcoming readings include: Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick; Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Farmington Public Library; and March 23 at 7 p.m. at Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.
For more information on the readings, contact Gelland at apeiron1234@gmail.com. For more information on the “Four-Alarm House” and to read sample poems, visit www.mainstreetrag.com/ CGelland.html

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