Islander advances discussion with Cox on Fire of ’47

The Mount Desert Islander previewed a discussion titled “Fact and Fiction: The Fire of ’47” to take place at the Southwest Harbor Public Library from 5:30–7 p.m. Aug. 14. The discussion will feature research by Sean Cox, a historian and Honors Associate at the University of Maine, and a reading by Matty Dalrymple from her novel, “The Sense of Reckoning,” set on Mount Desert Island at the time of the fire. Cox will illustrate the destruction resulting from the fire that burned more than 17,000 acres in 1947, using historical documents and photographs.