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Oct 12, 2017

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McArthur Public Library

McArthur Public Library, 270 Main St., Biddeford, ME 04005



Growing Up Franco Author Event


Maine author, Lorraine Dutile Masure, looks forward to explaining at 6:00 pm, Thursday, October 12 that, although both the title and the book’s contents more narrowly detail the déjà vu of growing up in an “orthodox” Franco-American environment, readers will agree – notwithstanding that detail — its gist could truly apply to any ethnicity.

Seniors too will see themselves in her stories. And younger people will be amazed (that’s code for “wicked”) at how quaint life was not so long ago. Informative and, as the author reflects back through the rear-view mirror of her own life, some of it’s pretty funny too.

Intended for all, Growing Up… is the intriguing story of courageous grandparent and parent immigrants who heartily embraced their new country, the United States, yet remained inherently true to many of their cherished Old World traditions. Acting as a cultural tourguide, Masure tells stories of what it was really like growing up with a rich Franco heritage across multiple venues of home, family, church, school, and other settings. As part of the book’s dedication, she cites her parents whom she names “fiddlers on the roof,” whose Old World traditions imbued their children’s lives with mission and harmony.

Lorraine Dutile Masure, a former university administrator, has lived in Maine most of her 83 years with a salty ardor she avows is incontrovertible. She joyfully enjoys presenting oral paraphrases of her book and leads Senior College classes about Broadway musicals.

Although this is her first attempt at “book writing,” she has been published a number of times locally, regionally, and once nationally. Otherwise she delights living in Maine, often penning observations of a more current nature under the supervision of her jellicle cat, Molly.

Masure invites you to join her at 6:00 pm, Thursday, October 12, when she will talk about/around the book, read a short excerpt, answer questions (no math, please), and be available to sign copies.

The McArthur Public Library is situated at 270 Main Street in Biddeford.
FMI: 284-4181.