Special Collections

Sturge: A Memoir - Book Signing and Talk by Sandy Phippen

May 7, 2014
5:00 PM
University Events Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus

book cover of Sturge A MemoirSandy Phippen reads from and signs copies of Sturge: A Memoir, a recent publication he edited about the life and times of Sturgis Haskins, the Maine State sailing champ who taught Norman Mailer how to sail and who helped start the Wilde-Stein Club at the University of Maine.

     As William David Barry of the MAINE SUNDAY TELEGRAM  has written: “This is the complex story of a self-aware young man who chose to revel in a difficult era... an affecting, upbeat recollection of a Mainer who lived life to the fullest, becoming the rare native who ran with the summer crowd and valued his own beginnings, became proudly and actively gay, fought for civil rights...and left a legacy of manuscript collections to our finest institutions.

This is a key LGBT volume; it is equally an important mainstream biography. Illustrated with 150 photos. Copies may be purchased at the event.

SANFORD PHIPPEN, editor, was born in White Plains, NY and raised in Hancock, Maine where he was educated in the local schools, graduating from Sumner Memorial High School in 1960. He earned his B.A. in English from the University of Maine and his M.A. in English Education from Syracuse University. An English teacher for 50 years at both the high school and college levels, he has received the Distinguished Teacher Award from Bowdoin College and Teacher of the Year from Orono High School. He was also a finalist in the Maine Teacher of the Year program in 2004.

As a writer he has published one novel, KITCHEN BOY, and two books of short stories: THE POLICE KNOW EVERYTHING and PEOPLE TRYING TO BE GOOD. He is also the editor of THE BEST MAINE STORIES and HIGH CLOUDS SOARING, STORMS DRIVING LOW: THE LETTERS OF RUTH MOORE, as well as THE SUN NEVER SETS ON HANCOCK POINT. He has written two collections of essays and criticism: CHEAP GOSSIP and THE MESSIAH IN THE MEMORIAL GYM. He has had three plays produced, and has written for THE NEW YORK TIMES, MAINE TIMES, DOWN EAST, ELLSWORTH AMERICAN, BANGOR DAIILY NEWS, MAINE LIFE, PUCKERBRUSH REVIEW and other periodicals. His book KITCHEN BOY was chosen by the Baxter Bibliophile Society in 2000 as one of the "100 Distinguished Books that Reveal the History of the State and the Life of its People" for its MIRROR OF MAINE book and exhibit. He was the host of the MAINE PBS series A GOOD READ, and in 1997 he was nominated for an Emmy Award. In 1987 he produced the film A CENTURY OF SUMMERS about Hancock; and in 2001 he was chosen "Citizen of the Year" by his hometown. He served on the Maine Humanities Council (l984-1990) and the Maine Arts Commission (l990-l994). He was editor of the PUCKERBRUSH REVIEW (2006-2013) and in 2003 he received from the University of Maine "The Stillwater Presidential Award for Achievement" along with U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe.


Refreshments will be available.

Sponsored by the LGBT Collection of USM’s Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine.

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Contact Information

Susie R. Bock