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8/19/2016 - Press Release- Author Christina Baker Kline, Bangor High School Graduate, to Receive Key to the City of Bangor

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August 19, 2016

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Sean Faircloth, City Council Chair

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Author Christina Baker Kline, Bangor High School Graduate, to Receive Key to the City of Bangor

BANGOR – Author Christina Baker Kline, a Bangor High School graduate, will be presented with a key to the City of Bangor at the beginning of the City Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, August 22 at 7:30 PM.

“Christina Baker Kline’s books have achieved remarkable critical and popular acclaim,” says Bangor City Council Chair Sean Faircloth, “Bangor has long been an inspiration to best-selling writers.  Strong writing requires strong thinking and Bangor residents, especially the young people in our City, can be inspired by the example of Christina Baker Kline.”

Christina Baker Kline’s 2013 hit novel, “Orphan Train,” which is set in a fictional Maine town, spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at #1.  Published in more than 40 countries with more than 3 million copies sold worldwide, it is currently being developed into a movie.  Christina Baker Kline’s other novels include “The Way Life Should Be,” “Sweet Water,” “The Bird in Hand,” and “Desire Lines.”  “Desire Lines,” written in 1999, is set in Bangor.

In addition to her novels, Kline is the co-editor of a collection of personal essays and articles that have been published in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money and Psychology Today, among other places.

Christina Baker Kline moved to Maine when she was six years old and spent her early years in Bangor, graduating from Bangor High School in 1982.  Christina’s mother, Christina ‘Tina’ Baker, represented Bangor in the Maine legislature from 1997 to 2002.  Both of Kline’s parents taught at the University of Maine.  A graduate of Yale, Cambridge and the University of Virginia, Kline divides her time between Montclair, New Jersey and Mount Desert Island.


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