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The Briar Patch to launch Outdoor Reading Room series

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BANGOR — Author readings are getting an outdoor makeover in Downtown Bangor this summer as The Briar Patch bookstore launches their Outdoor Reading Room series, showcasing fiction authors through readings in a local park. 

The series, which kicks off on Friday, Aug. 2 with local author Meghan L. Dowling reading from her new book “A Catalogue of Small Pains,” will be held in the Central Street Pocket Park, just across the street from The Briar Patch. 

“We’re thrilled to expand our author events with this series that will combine the creativity of Maine authors with the outdoor environs that have earned Maine the nickname of ‘Vacationland.’ Our slate of authors will include something for everyone who loves grown-up fiction,” said Gibran Graham, owner of the 32-year-old bookshop located at 27 Central Street in Downtown Bangor.

The series continues on Friday, Aug. 16 with Maine author Dave Patterson reading from his new novel “Soon The Light Will Be Perfect.”

Attendees of the Outdoor Reading Room series are encouraged to make an evening of it, grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many downtown restaurants before or after the event.

“What’s better than a night of good novels and good food? We hope attendees of the Outdoor Reading Room series plan to spend the evening enjoying all that Downtown Bangor has to offer,” Graham said.

Copies of the books are available for purchase in the store and online at There will also be copies available at the events. The authors will be on hand to sign books as well.

Additional authors for the series will be announced on The Briar Patch Facebook Page.


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