Please help us welcome, Maine author and songwriter, Cathie Pelletier to the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library on Sunday, July 27th at 2:00 p.m. Ms. Pelletier is the author of ten novels, eight of which are under her own name, beginning with The Funeral Makers, published by MacMillan in 1986. Her first middle grade novel, The Summer Experiment, was published by Jabberwocky in March of 2014. And her next adult novel, A Year After Henry, will be available in stores and libraries in August, 2014.
Under the pseudonym of K. C. McKinnon she wrote two novels, Dancing at the Harvest Moon and Candles on Bay Street, both published by Doubleday, the latter earning a million-dollar advance. The first McKinnon novel was translated into 19 languages and was a CBS TV film starring Jacqueline Bisset, Valerie Harper, and Eric Mabius. The second was translated into 10 languages and was a Hallmark Hall of Fame film starring Alicia Silverstone.
Two of Cathie’s novels under her own name have received notable mentions from the New York Times Book Review. Her third novel, The Weight of Winter, won the New England Booksellers Award, and her last, Running the Bulls, won the 2006 Paterson Prize for Fiction. She was also presented with the Bernie Schweid Award from Tennessee Booksellers.
She adapted her novel, A Marriage Made at Woodstock for producer George Stevens, Jr. and Michael Stevens. She also adapted The Funeral Makers for director Doug Liman (Swingers; Bourne Identity; Mr. & Mrs. Smith). Her original screenplay, The Luna Christmas, has been optioned by actor Donald Sutherland. Cathie created and sold to Simon & Schuster a book with country music icon Tanya Tucker, titled 100 Ways to Beat the Blues. She co-wrote The Christmas Note with her friend, the late Skeeter Davis, singer and Grand Ole Opry legend. She has co-written the forthcoming memoir, The Ragin’ Cajun, with her friend Doug Kershaw, the legendary fiddler-singer. She has sold and helped with the collaboration of Cows: A Rumination, with her long-time friend and collaborator Carl Hileman. She is currently in collaboration on a book with harmonica player Mickey Raphael, who has performed and toured with Willie Nelson for forty years. Cathie has had songs recorded by David Byrne (of the Talking Heads), the Texas Tornadoes, the Glaser Brothers, and others. She has collaborated on songs with Gene Nelson, whose “18 Wheels & A Dozen Roses,” written with brother Paul Nelson and a number #1 hit for Kathy Mattea, was voted Song of the Year.
The Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Maine. For more information on this event and the Pasco Lecture Series, please feel free to call the Library at 967-2778. We are fortunate to be sponsored by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation and Kennebunk Savings Bank (and our very own snack team). The Library will open at 1:30 for seating.