Two of the five women authors of the anthology “Compassionate Journey, Honoring Our Mothers’ Stories,” will have a book reading on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 pm.

Hosted by the University of Maine at Fort Kent, Dr. Jenny Radsma and Cheryl Grant Gillespie will hold the reading in the Nadeau Hall conference room on the UMFK campus. The book reading is free and open to the public.

In the anthology, contributors Maggie Butler, Cheryl Gillespie, Jenny Radsma, Jane Sloven, and Martha Rice unravel the stories of the their mothers and in the process reveal complex histories layered with love and laughter, trauma and courage, resilience, and determination. The authors came to a deeper appreciation of the past and the present, arriving ultimately at a more compassionate understanding of their mothers and themselves.


Cheryl Grant Gillespie, a retired English teacher, has published in professional journals during her forty-year tenure. She has also been published in Write to Woof, 2015, an anthology by Grey Wolfe Publishing, LLC, and has received recognitions from Ocean Park Writers for works of fiction and nonfiction.


Dr. Jenny Radsma moved south from northwestern Alberta to live in northern Maine, where she is employed by UMFK. A nursing professor by day, she writes on weekends. She continues to take writing workshops, and her work has been published in Goose River Anthology, Echoes, and The Sun.


Copies of the book will be available for $20.00. For more information on the event, contact Asita Albert at 834-7524.