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The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don't they teach you anything at school?

So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who's been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she's confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades.

Monica Wood

Monica Wood is a novelist, memoirist, and playwright. Her most recent novel, The One-in-a-Million Boy, has been published in 22 languages in 30 countries and won  a 2017 Nautilus Award (Gold) and the New England Society Book Award. She is also the author of When We Were the Kennedys, a New England bestseller, Oprah magazine summer-reading pick, and winner of the May Sarton Memoir Award and the 2016 Maine Literary Award. Her novel Any Bitter Thing was an ABA bestseller and Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie’s Ark, which has been excerpted on NPR's "Selected Shorts" and selected by several towns and cities as their "One Book, One Community" read; My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award; and Secret Language, her first novel.  Her widely anthologized short stories have won a Pushcart Prize and been featured on public radio. She also writes books for writers and teachers. Her nonfiction has appeared in Oprah, New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Parade, and many other publications. Her first play, Papermaker, debuted at Portland Stage in an extended run, its bestselling play ever. Her second play, The Half-Light, will debut at Portland Stage in 2019.

Monica was born in Maine, New England to an Irish Catholic family, and worked as a guidance counselor and in a nursing home before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Maine with her husband. 


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Talks and Topics

  • One-in-a-Million Boy Author Presentation

  • When We Were the Kennedys Author Presentation

  • After Failure - A Pot-Holed Road to Publishing

  • No Money, No Glory, Why Write?

  • Bolt of Lightening: Smashing the Myths of Creativity.

  • The Seven Deadlies: How to Live a Creative Life without Heading Straight for Hell

  • Keynote for Teachers: The Reader-Writer Connection

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Previous & Upcoming Events:

  • Mar 20, 2018: Treasure Coast Literary Society - Stuart, FL

  • June 28, 2018: Portland Public Library, In Conversation with Richard Russo - Portland, ME

  • Sept 12, 2018: Cumston Library - Monmouth ME

  • Oct 1, 2018: Portland Stage - Portland, ME

  • Oct 4, 2018: Prince Library - Cumberland, ME

  • Oct 24, 2018: "Apology" presented at Portland Stage - Portland, ME

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