Web exclusive, November 24, 2021
Small and Penobscot Books launch new novel
Don Small reads from Margaret, a novel by his late wife, Bary Lyon Terry, at the book launch November 18.
by Rosemary Wyman
At the Wilson Museum’s Hutchins Education Center on November 18, Castine author Don Small debuted Margaret—A Novel, newly published by Penobscot Books.
Small detailed the background story of the novel’s genesis and read from several chapters. Set in Castine and chronicling the life of fictitious characters Margaret, her husband, their family and friends, it is the first novel published by Penobscot Books. Margaret portrays a rich and accurate setting of a group of people, places and activities in Castine that is in keeping with Penobscot Books’ dedication to publishing books by Maine authors that celebrate this area’s uniqueness.
Author Bary Lyon Terry’s novel has been published posthumously through the careful and caring work of her surviving husband, Don. Bary had completed her first draft of Margaret before she died in 2000 and recently Don made the decision to bring her novel to life by writing in her voice as he edited her manuscript and added a missing chapter.
Royalties from the sale of Margaret go to the Bary Lyon Small Fund at the Maine Community Foundation, which supports innovative education programs in Maine.