“York-Ogunquit is a perfect example of how cultures are enriched by layers. York is an English word, and Ogunquit is Native American, but so many of our surnames are French,” he said. “It’s very important to understand what makes us strong and beautiful as a blended whole while still celebrating the individual ingredients. It’s also exciting that, in so many ways, we’re learning to see history with new eyes.”

The novel has won praise from many acclaimed authors and publications, including Publishers Weekly, and just one month after his upcoming visit to York, Sargent will travel to Washington, D.C., where the “Museum of Human Beings” will be heard on a national stage.

“I’m going to be reading from ‘Museum of Human Beings’ at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13,” Sargent explained, adding that when he thinks of Baptiste, “I know he’ll be there with me. Part of him will no doubt be asking me, ‘What comforting version of myself would you like me to play now?’”

Sargent’s Nov. 13 visit to town will begin at 7 p.m. at the York Art Association in York Harbor. Enjoy wine and cheese while spending an evening with Colin and Nancy Sargent as he shares more of his first novel. For more information on this and other association events, call the YAA at 363-4049.

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