“Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains,” by Kerri Arsenault Submitted photo

Join author Kerri Arsenault discussing her book “Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains,” as part of the Author Series at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Denmark Arts Center.

“In this masterful debut, the author creates a crisp, eloquent hybrid of atmospheric memoir and searing exposé. She writes urgently about the dire effects the mill’s toxic legacy had on Mexico’s residents and the area’s ecology while evocatively mining the emotional landscape of caretaking for aging parents and rediscovering the roots of her childhood. Bittersweet memories and a long-buried atrocity combine for a heartfelt, unflinching, striking narrative combination,” according to Kirkus Review.

Kerri Arsenault Submitted photo

“I grew up in the small, rural town of Mexico, Maine, where for over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that provided jobs for nearly everyone in town, including three generations of my family. I had a happy childhood, but years after I moved away, I realized the price I paid for that childhood. The price everyone paid. The mill, while providing the social, cultural, and economic cohesion for the community, also contributed to its demise. This is a book about environmental and family legacies,” said Arsenault.

“Mill Town” is printed on paper bleached without chlorine gas, chlorine dioxide, or any other chlorine-based bleaching agent; ask your workplace, your school, your publisher to find and use the same.

Tickets are $10 suggested donation or Pay-What-You-Can supporting the Authors Series and Denmark Arts Center. Our HEPA air purifier systems and ventilation will be engaged for indoor performances. For reservations and more information go online at www.denmarkarts.org/events (view calendar listing).

The Denmark Arts Center is an award-winning 501(c)3 cultural organization founded in 1994 in the rural community of Denmark. Housed in the town’s historic 1883 Odd Fellows Hall, the DAC offers year-round events and workshops in contemporary dance, theater, music and visual art to community members young and old. DAC is at 50 West Main St., Denmark. For more information, visit http://www.denmarkarts.org.

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