LIVE UNDER THE ARCH series presents Acclaimed author Kerri Arsenault

Monday August 16, 2021

Investigative journalist and author Kerri Arsenault will be at The Music Hall as part of the Live Under the Arch outdoor series on Thursday, September 9 at 6pm. Arsenault will discuss her book, Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains, which explores her native town of Mexico, Maine, and “Cancer Valley.” In her galvanizing and powerful book, Arsenault presents an environmental and moral reckoning of three generations in a Maine paper mill town, asking whose lives are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival?

The 6pm event includes a reserved table and signed books; an author discussion, moderated by Tina Sawtelle, Executive Director of The Music Hall; followed by an audience Q&A. It will be held in front of The Music Hall at 28 Chestnut St., in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Kerri Arsenault is a book critic, book editor at Orion magazine, contributing editor at The Literary Hub, and author of Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains. Her work has appeared in Freeman’s, Boston Globe, Down East, Paris Review Daily, the New York Review of Books, Air Mail, and Washington Post.

The ticket package for Live Under the Arch: Kerri Arsenault with Mill Town is $60 for a small table (with 2 books), $120 for a medium table (with 4 books), $180 for a large table (with 6 books). In case of rain, this performance will be held in the Historic Theater with socially-distanced seating. In addition to a reserved table, the package includes copies of MILL TOWN ($18, paperback), author discussion, and Q+A. Packages can be purchased online by visiting or over the phone at 603.436.2400.

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