WINTHROP — Susan Poulin will read from and discuss her new satirical self-help book “The Sweet Life: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Love and Marriage” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Bailey Public Library.

Poulin is best known for her live performances, including the play “Ida: Woman Who Runs with the Moose,” for which she won Seacoast Media Group’s Spotlight on the Arts Award for Best Play and Best Actress.

Poulin’s literary character and alter ego Ida LeClair is a lifelong resident of the fictional western Maine town of Mahoosuc Mills, where she draws on her small-town Maine experiences to offer satirical guidance on topics ranging from the death of a spouse and dating after divorce, to physical fitness and housecleaning.

Poulin was born in Jackman, the daughter of a teacher and an auto parts store owner. After graduating from Westbrook High School, she studied theater at the University of Southern Maine. Her experiences at USM in the 1980s led to the creation of the Downeast Theater Collective, a three-actor team that performed at the old Odd Fellows Hall in Portland. Eventually she began performing original material at the Pontine Movement Theatre in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, before forming Poolyle Productions and creating the Ida LeClair alter ego, drawing on her Maine and Franco-American roots.

The event is free and open to the public.

FMI: 207-377-8673, baileylibrary.org.


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