JOURNALIST SHANNON MULLEN WITH GOVERNOR JANET MILLS
Sunday, November 5 at 2 PM. Journalist Shannon Mullen and special guest Governor Janet Mills. We hope you will join us for a very special event. The Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport.
Sunday, November 5 at 2 PM. Journalist Shannon Mullen and special guest Governor Janet Mills. We hope you will join us for a very special event. Journalist Shannon Mullen will be here (with a very special guest) to talk about her book In Other Words, Leadership: How a Young Mother's Weekly Letters to Her Governor Helped Both Women Brave the First Pandemic Year. The first woman to serve as Governor of Maine, Janet Mills, had been in office a year when COVID-19 reached the United States. The recently-widowed 72-year-old wrote in her journal there is “no playbook for a pandemic” as she imposed unprecedented restrictions on her state. When early support for the governor’s response curdled to rampant opposition, a young mother named Ashirah Knapp sent a letter of support from a remote homestead in the woods of Maine. Ashirah’s handwritten dispatch detailed how the public health emergency was upending her family’s life and livelihood, and she promised to keep writing “every week until we are through this time” to remind the governor how many Mainers supported her despite the disruption. Ashirah’s letters, with their simple wisdom and striking penmanship, stood out in a flood of correspondence Governor Mills was receiving that ranged in tone from appreciative to furious. They helped keep her grounded as she made wrenching, often unpopular choices. Shannon A. Mullen weaves from these two women’s letters and the governor’s journal, which were never intended for publication, an intimate and compelling true story that is a celebration of civility and compassion in the face of rancor and of resolve in the face of adversity. Copies of the book will be for sale. Light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 1:30. Parking available at the Village Fire Station (North Street) and Consolidated School (Route 9). The Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport. For further information, please call 967-2778 to register for this event or visit our website at www.graveslibrary.org.