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CCLC To Host Pulitzer Prize Winning Novelist Richard Ford
CCLC To Host Pulitzer Prize Winning Novelist Richard Ford

When Penny Guisinger, the Director of Development at the Cobscook Community Learning Center, invited Richard Ford, one of her literary heroes, to visit the center, it had not occurred to her that he might say, "Yes."

But he did.

"What he said is that he loves coming to Washington County, and that he would be happy to help out," describes Guisinger. That conversation took place at a public reading almost two years ago, and the timing has finally worked out for Ford to make the trip. Pulitzer prize winner Richard Ford will be appearing at the CCLC on Wednesday August 8th. There will be a reception with the author at 6 pm, and then Ford will deliver a lecture and a reading at 7:30. Tickets are $25 for the reception, and $10 for the lecture and reading. The event will serve as a fundraiser to benefit construction of the CCLC’s Heartwood Lodge.

Ford’s 1995 novel Independence Day was the first book to ever win both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner award. The book is the second book in the famous Bascombe trilogy, flanked by The Sportswriter and Lay of the Land. His newest novel, Canada, has recently been released and is receiving rave reviews and publicity in outlets as diverse as The New York Times and the Colbert Report.

"We’re receiving phone calls from people who just can’t believe that they will have an opportunity to attend a reception and reading with Richard Ford right here in Washington County," says Guisinger. "I’m just as excited, but I’m not surprised it’s happening. The CCLC draws people together around their common passions. This is one of the reasons we’re here: to foster opportunities to learn and to be delighted by life and art."

The center will also welcome Joshua Bodwell, the Executive Director of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance (MWPA) at the reception. Bodwell will be in attendance to deliver an introduction to Richard Ford and his work. MWPA and CCLC are currently collaborating to bring courses and workshops in writing to the center this fall.

The CCLC is working to raise the necessary funds to complete Heartwood Lodge, a dormitory and community building. With the lodge in place, the CCLC will be able to offer multi-day immersion programs, camps, and extended classes, as well as serving as a conference and retreat center for the region. Built from local materials by local people, Heartwood Lodge will add capacity to the center and bring revenue to the region.

To buy tickets, or for more information about the Richard Ford event, Heartwood Lodge, or the CCLC, visit or call (207) 733-2233.