Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm MDI Reads Moore!
This year, for the first time as part of Ruth Moore Days, MDI reads Eleanor Mayo. Long-time partner of Ruth Moore, Eleanor Mayo was also a writer of distinction. Moore/Mayo nieces Emily Trask and Muriel Davisson will lead a discussion of Eleanor Mayo’s novel, Turn Home. Republished this year by Sven Davisson’s Rebel Satori Press, copies of Turn Home are available for purchase at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library.
Thursday, July 16 at 7pm Viewing of the film Tarnished
We will view Tarnished, a rare film based on Eleanor Mayo’s novel, Turn Home at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. Produced by Republican Pictures in 1950 and directed by Harry Keller, Tarnished runs for 60 minutes, and will be briefly introduced by Sven Davisson. The film is free and popcorn and refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, July 21 at 7pm Ruth Moore’s Birthday Celebration
Lecture by Sven Davisson, A “Boston Marriage” in Bass Harbor
Sven Davisson, great-grand nephew of Moore and Mayo will discuss his aunts’ relationship in its historical context. With a lively slide show presentation, Davisson will discuss the trend of gay couples leaving cities for places like and Maine and western Massachusetts for anonymity during the 1940s when the term “lesbian” came into usage. Cake and refreshments will be served in celebration of Ruth Moore’s life.