Maria Padian

Young adult novelist Maria Padian lives and writes from her home in midcoast Maine. Before devoting herself full-time to fiction she worked as a news reporter, congressional aide, radio essayist and freelance writer. These days, she takes breaks from the computer by playing with her Australian Shepherd, texting her grown children, taking long walks along the beach or feeding logs into the wood stove. (From

Maria’s novels include the Maine Literary Award and Lupine Award-winning novel “Out of Nowhere,” about a Somalian refugee who joins a Maine high school soccer team, “Wrecked,” “Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress,” and “Jersey Tomatoes are the Best.”

Upcoming Programs

February 6, 2020: Presentation at Jesup Memorial Library

Past Visits

February 8, 2018: Global Read at Mount Desert Island High School