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Bucks County Poet Laureate to launch her fifth book at a Newtown favorite


Kelsay Books publications, in coordination with Newtown Bookstore, presents the Pennsylvania launch and book signing of Lorraine Henrie Lins’ “Without the Water.”

The 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 event at the Newtown Bookshop will feature a signing and meet-and-greet with the author, as well as a brief reading from the new collection.

This fifth book will be the author’s first book written in her new home-away-from-home, along the shoreline of North Carolina.

“It’s been an interesting crossroads of writing.” Lins said, “After leaving a place that held a lifetime of milestones, it was an adjustment—and as gorgeous and indulgent as these sun-drenched days and salted nights can be—there was a certain grieving that began to emerge in my writing.”

She went on to add, “A cathartic process had begun, a squaring-off of those losses and pains that may have previously escaped my pen.”

Lins explained how the book honors the unanswered sadness that one can carry from the death of a parent, a friend, a hometown, a childhood, even a stray dog. Her hope is that these poems, either individually or as a collection, invite her readers to open a journey of their own; one of self-reflection and self-compassion, “the most difficult gift one can give themselves,” she said.

When asked about holding the event at the Newtown Bookshop, Lins grinned and said, “It’ll be like coming home again. This gorgeous little bookshop has long-been a favorite of mine and they always support their local artists—it’s exactly the vibe I wanted for the introduction of this book.”

Newtown Bookshop is located in the Village at Newtown, 2835 S. Eagle Road, Newtown. Shop owner Kathy Morrison called Lins’ poetry “beautiful, relatable, and evocative.”

Preorder your copy by calling the Newtown Bookshop at 215-968-2400. For information on the reading, visit or

“Without the Water” is available at this and other fine book sellers, as well as online.

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