Author talk: Tess Gerritsen

“Shape of Night”

Wednesday, December 4

6:00 - 7:30 PM


Lecture Hall

Books will be available for purchase.

Tess will talk about what inspired the novel, plus the ideas that inspired her previous novels.  There will be time for questions and answers.

About the book:

A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a coastal village in Maine — and to a string of unsolved murders — in this dark and sexy novel of psychological suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen. After an unspeakable tragedy in Boston, Ava Collette flees to a remote village in Maine, where she rents an old house named Brodie’s Watch.  

In that isolated seaside mansion, Ava finally feels at peace … until she glimpses the long-dead sea captain who still resides there.


About Tess Gerritsen:

Trained as a medical doctor, Tess built a second career as a thriller writer. Her 28 novels include the Rizzoli and Isles crime series, on which the TV show "Rizzoli & Isles" is based.  Among her titles are HARVEST, GRAVITY, THE SURGEON, PLAYING WITH FIRE, and THE SHAPE OF NIGHT. Her books are translated into 40 languages and more than 30 million copies have been sold.  She lives in Maine.

You may find out more about Tess on her website, follow her on Facebook @TessGerritsen, or Twitter.

Author Talk: Dr. Amy Blackstone

“Childfree By Choice:

The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a new Age of independence”

Thursday, December 12

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Lecture Hall

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Dr. Amy Blackstone, childfree woman, co-creator of the blog we’re {not} having a baby!, and nationally recognized expert on the childfree choice, comes a definitive investigation into the history and current growing movement of adults choosing to forgo parenthood: what it means for our society, economy, environment, perceived gender roles, and legacies, and how understanding and supporting all types of families can lead to positive outcomes for parents, non-parents, and children alike.

Books will be available for purchase.

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Dr. Amy Blackstone is a professor in Sociology and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, where she studies childlessness and the childfree choice, workplace harassment, and civic engagement. Her work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including American Sociological Review, Law & Society Review, Sociology Compass, and Gender & Society. Professor Blackstone’s research has been featured by various media outlets including the Katie show, public radio, New York Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed, USA Today, Huffington Post, and other local and national venues.
Childfree by Choice is her first book.

Learn more about her book here on her publisher’s website.

You can follow Amy on Twitter @soc_gal, on her blog , or on Facebook @WereNotHavingABaby.