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Marpheen Chann to Celebrate Release of Memoir in Portland

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

Chann’s Moon in Full a Powerful Modern-Day Coming-of-Age Story

June 8, 2022—Marpheen Chann, a Portland-based writer, speaker and advocate will celebrate the release of his memoir, Moon in Full, on June 15 at Rising Tide Brewing Company in Portland.

The public event, co-sponsored by Islandport Press and Rising Tide, is a joint book launch and Pride Month celebration. The event starts at 6 p.m. Rising Tide Brewing Company is located at 103 Fox Street in Portland.

Moon in Full details Chann’s journey as a young gay man of color searching for his truth and identity while navigating majority white, Christian spaces in Maine. The memoir, which weaves through housing projects, foster homes, houses of worship, and college campuses, has been praised in advance for its honesty, clarity, and freshness. The USM Free Press said its attention to detail “gives the memoir a quality of honesty that can be hard to find,” Library Journal called it “a powerful and moving memoir,” while Amjambo Africa said that despite the difficulties detailed, the book is “above all … a story of hope.”

During Pride Month, Chann will be featured at several Maine book events, including at: Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor on June 16; Sherman’s Books in Portland on June 17; Kennebunk Free Library in Kennebunk on June 21; Sherman’s Books in Windham on June 25; Mockingbird Bookshop in Bath on June 27: Print: A Bookstore in Portland on June 28: and Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick on June 30. Additional details about Chann’s events are available at and

Chann, a second generation Asian American, is a writer, speaker, and advocate who works to advance diversity, inclusion, and understanding in his home state of Maine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine and a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law. He lives in Portland.

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