AUBURN — Jaed Coffin, a champion boxer, acclaimed writer and ordained Buddhist monk, will speak on Friday, Sept. 21, at the Auburn Public Library.

Described in literary circles as a “boxing Buddha,” Coffin is the author of “A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants,” which chronicles his experience as a Buddhist monk in his mother’s native village in Thailand. 

His forthcoming book, “Roughhouse Friday,” is about the year he fought as the middleweight champion of a barroom boxing show in Juneau, Alaska.

He has also had several articles published in Down East magazine, including the “Year of the Yurt.”

A resident of Portland, Coffin will offer advice on how to write a memoir and will discuss the pros and cons of writing from experience. He has spoken widely at universities and colleges, where his book is taught as a common text in multicultural curriculum initiatives.

Coffin’s talk at 6 p.m. is part of the Fall into a Good Book event to celebrate readers and aspiring writers. For a listing of other Sept. 21 events, visit

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