Literary Double Header at Left Bank Books Brenda Bonneville, editor August 17, 2016 (Belfast, ME) Left Bank Books is greatly looking forward to a very special event when they welcome two nationally acclaimed journalists and authors – Trevor Corson and Anu Partanen – to discuss their work on Friday evening, August 19, at 7:00 pm at the bookshop in downtown Belfast. The talk is free and the community is warmly invited. More About Trevor Corson and Anu Partanen Corson is the author of The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (2005), which was named a Best Nature Book of the Year by USA Today and went on to become an international bestseller in the popular-science category. Partanen, who is a native of Finland and now a naturalized American citizen, is celebrating the June release of her new book, The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, in which she asks Americans to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children. In our current political climate, The Nordic Theory of Everything should be required reading. Clearly, it has struck a chord with early readers. O, The Oprah Magazine includes it in the “Best Books of Summer 2016” list, along with works by Susan Faludi, Julian Barnes, and Siddhartha Mukherjee. And Robert B. Reich, the former U.S. Secretary of Labor has written: “This is a wonderful, hopeful book about what American society could be … by embracing the values that have allowed Nordic citizens to enjoy more freedom and equality than in present-day America. The American Dream was once an inspiration to the world. Anu Partanen shows us how to rediscover it.” Partenen’s book was inspired by her experience in moving to America from Finland in 2008. As she tells it, she quickly went from a confident, successful professional to a wary, self-doubting mess. She found that navigating the basics of everyday life—from buying a cell phone and filing taxes to education and childcare—was much more complicated and stressful than anything she encountered in her homeland. At first, she attributed her crippling anxiety to the difficulty of adapting to a freewheeling new culture. But as she got to know Americans better, she discovered they shared her deep apprehension. To understand why life is so different in the U.S. and Finland, Partanen began to look closely at both. Both authors have written for The New York Times and The Atlantic. Interestingly, both of their books began as centerpiece articles for that magazine – Corson’s piece was included in the Best American Science Writing edited by Oliver Sacks, and Partanen’s article went viral and received millions of views, suggesting that there is a hunger in America today for new ways to think about the quality of life. Her book picks up where the article left off. Between the two of them, Corson and Partanen have written about culture, technology, Hurricane Sandy, domestic abuse, crustacean mating, sushi, and neuroscience. They met at a writing conference shortly after The Secret Life of Lobsters was published, fell in love, married, and now support and promote each other’s The Event Their appearance on August 19 promises to be lively, insightful, entertaining, and inspiring. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information or to reserve signed copies of books by either author, please call 207-338-9009 or email [email protected]. The shop is open daily.