Islesford’s Ashley Bryan, the author and artist whose books, illustrations and paintings have reached world-wide audiences, was honored this month for his latest children’s book Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life.
The book won a Newbery Honor Award, a runner-up to the Newbery Medal. The American Library Association announced the awards at its winter meeting in Atlanta. The prizes recognize excellence in children’s literature.
Freedom Over Me also won two honors medals for the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Bryan, 93, has published more than 50 children’s books.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources will hold a public hearing May 14 on a proposal to dredge Beals Harbor and Pig Island Gut Channel. The hearing, set for 6 p.m. at the Beals Elementary School, will be conducted to receive testimony solely about the impact on the fishing industry.
This winter's book selection included a front to back reading of Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma, which I had dipped into here and there since it first came out in 2006. Another was chef Daniel Barber's The Third Plate. Both of these fellas racked up tons of frequent flier miles zipping around the Northern Hemisphere.