BELMONT HILLS LIBRARY: 'Mill Town' Discussion with Author Kerri ArsenaultThursday October 8, 2020
Join author Kerri Arsenault and Lower Merion Library System Director David Belanger in a conversation about Arsenault's book "Mill Town".
Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working class town of Mexico, Maine. For over 100 years the community orbited around a paper mill that employs most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault’s own family. Years after she moved away, Arsenault realized the price she paid for her seemingly secure childhood. The mill, while providing livelihoods for nearly everyone, also contributed to the destruction of the environment and the decline of the town’s economic, physical, and emotional health in a slow-moving catastrophe, earning the area the nickname “Cancer Valley"
Kirkus Reviews called the book "a crisp, eloquent hybrid of atmospheric memoir and searing exposé" in a starred review.
Kerri and her cousin David will discuss the book and the experience of growing up in a mill town. David worked at the mill for two summers to help pay for college.
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