Kate Braestrup to Speak on Tuesday, July 23rd, 5:30pm

Kate Braestrup, a community minister, law enforcement chaplain, and the author of New York Times bestselling memoir Here If You Need Me, will be the second speaker for the St. George Literary Series, sponsored by the Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor on Tuesday, July 23. The event will be held at the Ocean View Grange on Rt 131, 3 miles south of Tenants Harbor  in Martinsville at 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The daughter of a foreign correspondent, Kate Braestrup spent her childhood in Algiers, New York City, Paris, Bangkok, Washington, DC and Sabillasville, Maryland. She was educated at the Parsons School of Design/The New School and Georgetown University. In 1985 she married James Andrew "Drew" Griffith. The following year, Griffith joined the Maine State Police, and the young family moved to midcoast Maine. Already a published author, Kate continued to combine motherhood and writing fiction and non-fiction.

Trooper Griffith was killed in a car accident while on duty in 1996. Kate Braestrup was left a widowed mother of four children between the ages of 3 and 9. Following her husband’s dream of becoming a Unitarian/Universalist minister, Kate decided to embody the dream herself. She entered the Bangor Theological Seminary in 1997, and was ordained in 2004. Since 2001, she has served as chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, joining the wardens as they search the wild lands and fresh waters of Maine for those who have lost their way, and offering comfort to those who wait for the ones they love to be rescued, or for their bodies to be recovered.

In 2006, Kate married the artist, Simon van der Ven, Between them, van der Ven and Braestrup have a total of six children.

Kate has published articles in the New York Times Magazine, Time, and O, the Oprah Magazine among others. Her books include Here If You Need Me, Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life, and Marriage and Other Acts of Charity.