A book launch party for Sarah L. Thomson’s MERCY: The Last New England Vampire will be held at the Eastern Cemetery in Portland, ME on October 1st at 2:00pm. You can find out more at http://www.islandportpress.com/; however, the web page has an impossibly small font size when viewed in Internet Explorer (it’s OK in Firefox, at least on my computer), so I’ve copied all the details below:
What better place to celebrate the book launch of Mercy: The Last New England Vampire than in a cemetery? Join award-winning author Sarah L. Thomson to celebrate the release of her new young adult novel on Saturday, October 1, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Eastern Cemetery, 224 Congress Street, Portland.
Take a “Dead Girl” tour of the cemetery, led by cemetery caretakers Spirits Alive; get your own ghoulish photo taken at a photo booth; and look for sightings of Mercy Brown’s ghost wandering the graveyard. Thomson will also sign copies and read from the book, and all visitors will leave with a memento of Mercy.
Mercy breaks new ground in the genre of young adult vampire stories in that it is inspired by a true story. Mercy Brown and her family lived in Exeter, R.I., in the late 1890s, when the New England vampire tradition held powerful sway. When Mercy’s family members began to die, fear struck deep in the hearts of the small community. Following Mercy’s death, when her brother took sick, villagers convinced Mercy’s father to have the corpse exhumed. They dug out her heart, burned it, and fed it to her brother. He too died – as Mercy had – from tuberculosis.
Middle-grade and young adult readers will easily identify with the modern-day narrator, Haley Brown, a 14-year-old girl who’s struggling to cope with a new stepmom and baby brother, a terminally ill cousin, and falling grades. When Haley digs deep into her family history for a school project, she uncovers a disturbing New England tradition and a ghostly past. Haley must overcome doubts and confront a vampire in order to save herself and her family. Thomson’s gifts as a storyteller make Mercy an exciting coming of age story about loss and family.
Thomson has published more than 25 books for young readers. A versatile writer, her books include Dragon’s Egg, an adventure about two friends who rescue a dragon’s egg (winner of the 2007 Maine Lupine Award), a picture book biography of Abraham Lincoln, and the young readers’ version of the bestselling title Three Cups of Tea. A former children’s book editor at HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, Thomson now lives in Portland.
The event is co-sponsored by Islandport Press, the Portland Public Library, and Curious City. In the event of rain, the event will be held at the Teen Room at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. Islandport Press is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. For information about the event, contact Curious City at 207-420-1126. For more information about the book, please call 207-846-3344, visit www.islandportpress.com or e-mail email@example.com.
[Tip via Strange Maine]