Join us Tuesday October 20 at 7PM for a virtual presentation with author Joseph Souza.

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Joseph Souza is the bestselling author of ten novels and a book of short stories. In 2004 he was awarded the Andre Dubus Award in short fiction from the University of Southern Maine. His short stories have been published in various journals and in Levelbests’ New England’s Best Crime Stories anthology. In 2010 his crime story, “The Stonewalls of Lebanon”, received Honorable Mention for The Al Blanchard Award at Crimebake. In 2013 his novel THE REAWAKENING won the Maine Literary Award for Speculative Fiction. In its review of THE REAWAKENING, The Portland Press Herald said, “Its impact on a reader reminds me of the old Stephen King classic, The Shining.” In 2020 his thriller novel Pray For The Girl was runner-up for the Maine Literary Award in Crime Fiction.

He has a B.S. and an M.A. from Northeastern University, and an M.A. from the University of Washington. He’s worked as a teacher, cabbie, social worker, truck driver, editor, bouncer, barber, wrestling coach, paralegal and intelligence analyst in the DEA (Organized Crime Unit), to name just a few jobs. He worked on the docks of South Boston for seven years during Whitey Bulger’s reign, which became the basis for one of his published crime stories. As a paralegal in Boston, he worked on the legal case that became the basis of the award-winning book and feature length movie, A Civil Action.

He is a member of The Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. He enjoys golf, although he’s not very good at it, and has had a lifelong passion for pizza, traveling the world in search of the perfect pie. He lives in South Portland with his wife and has two adult children.