Robert W. Spencer reading, talk, and discussion on Prospects: Mining Maine for Riches Online
Norway Memorial Library is proud to welcome local author Robert W. Spencer as he reads and discusses his latest book, Prospects: Mining for Maine Riches. This talk will be presented virtually using Zoom on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 6:30-7:30 pm. Copies are available to purchase at The Tribune in Norway or at a bookstore near you. Please join Robert as he reads excerpts from his book, discusses how and why he wrote it, and allows participants to ask questions and share opinions of the book.
This historical fiction novel talks about the discovery of The Primus, the first tourmaline found in Maine on Mount Mica in Paris. It features Canadian miner Clarence Potter who moves to Maine in 1897 to make his fortune working the Oxford County pegmatite mines and finds himself immersed in a welcoming community of native Mainers. One exception is widow Aphia Stevens, an herbalist who has not been able to escape her personal demons. She makes life difficult for Potter and his new wife from Massachusetts, and for the family of successful dressmaker Lizzie Millett. The story takes place with a backdrop of the Maine mining scene at the turn of the twentieth century.