NORWAY – Local author/artist and businesswoman Cynthia L. Thibodeau will be at Books N Things from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, to sign copies of her first book, “Menagerie In Sync: A Collection of Poetic Art.”

The book is a diverse collection of poetic stories coupled with photographs taken by Thibodeau. USA Books has categorized “Menagerie In Sync: A Collection of Poetic Art” as self-helf, motivational and inspirational.

Copies of “Menagerie In Sync” have been donated to the Norway, Paris and Auburn public libraries. The book is also available at,, and

Born in Rumford in the mid ’50s, Thibodeau spent time growing up in Bridgeport, Conn., and on a farm in Carthage, where she lived a simple, poor, but content country lifestyle. She attended schools in western Maine and in Connecticut, graduating from Rumford High School in 1975.

While married and living in Andover, she and her husband ran a logging business, while she also worked as a certified nursing assistant in a hospital. Later, as a single mother, she began writing and taking photos as a freelance correspondent for the Lewiston Sun Journal and the Rumford Falls Times. She relocated to the Oxford Hills area and worked in a beauty salon in Paris.

She continued to write and throughout the years had a number of poetry pieces published. In 2002, “I Helped A Stranger” was published in a national hard-cover anthology titled “Throwing Stardust.” And recently, she earned an Editors’ Choice Award for “Song Of A Lost Soul,” scheduled to be published this year in the national anthology “Virtual Images.”

In 2006, she began the research necessary to compile her years of writing into a book to be published.

According to her Web site,, Thibodeau also has book-signings scheduled for Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Paris Hill Founders Day on the Paris Hill common; for Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maine Bookhouse, 1545 Main St., Oxford; and for Saturday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Books N Things on Main Street in Norway.

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