THOMASTON, Maine – Maine Authors Publishing will host its third annual book festival on August 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at 12 High St. , in Thomaston.
Forty-nine authors will be present to sign and sell their books. The event will also include a children’s area hosted by the Coastal Children’s Museum, presentations, raffles, live music from Castlebay, sandwiches for sale from the Jersey Plate food truck, and ice cream from Stone Fox Farm Creamery.
The festival is exclusive to Maine Authors Publishing this year, but the event hopes to expand in the future.
“We are thrilled to be able to host the book festival for the third time,” said Jane Karker, president of Maine Authors Publishing. “Part of our mission is to support the literary community in Maine, and we hope the festival will continue to grow and develop.”
There will be two slideshow presentations, one by author Laurence H. Leavitt, and one by author Laurie Apgar Chandler. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., children’s author Laurence H. Leavitt will present “Join Ada Bea McC. on an Adventure Down East!”. The show will include a slideshow from Ada Bea’s Downeast Adventure paired with the audiobook narrated by Jennywren Walker and featuring the voice of the famous Maine humorist Tim Samples. Award-winning singer-songwriter Kathleen Reagan also featured music with her song “Coast of Maine”. Next, the author will briefly discuss the writing process and be available for questions and answers.
From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., writer and yesterday Laurie Apgar Chandler will present “Writing Experience and the Soul of Place.” Chandler will share photos of her extensive canoe trips in the Northwoods, which are chronicled in her inspirational memoir. Find out how Chandler turned her enduring love of nature and books into a career in writing. After solo paddling the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, I wrote to the top, followed by Woods Waters: Solo Trip to the New Maine National Monument. They are stories of shared discovery, highlighting the region’s rich history and natural wonders.
Parking will be available at the General Henry Knox Museum, please follow the direction signs. The festival is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, please visit www.MaineBookFestival.com.
Forty-nine authors will be present to sign and sell their books:
Fiction authors: Claire Ackroyd (Murder in the Maple Forest), William Anthony (Persian), J.J. Brierwood (Dixie’s Drowning), Nancy Ari Cohen (Love Away), Jeffrey M. Cooper (Bad Medicine; Forever; Bad Faith; Risky Obsession), Roland Kretz (a very dear religion; touch the earth again; money lake), Charlene Davanzo (shark, girl, and sea; secrets haunt the lobster sea; demonic spirit, sea devil; glass eel, shattered sea), Irene M Drago (main point; tall girls range; Lavinia Raine and the Sail Makers), Kathy Iliescu (not even dark chocolate can fix this mess), Bruce A. Sketch), Amelia Garritson-Pearsons (Where Avonley Seeds Fall), Deborah Gould (Eastern Book One: The Early Years; Eastern, Book Two: Later; Household), Elizabeth Hemenway (Tales of Tuscan Mountain), Norman R. Ath. Trapped A Story of Life and War), Addison Wentz (Reason for Leaving), and Richard Weil (Requiem in the Stones).
Realistic authors: Mary S. Bild (Finding Myself in Flight), Roger H. Green (In the Company of the Trees: Experimental Forest), Hans Kreichels (Meet the Enemy), Verneta Lenz (Caring for Marcel; The Josie Story), Don Reimer (Did You See Anything Good?), John Phil (Passion for Perfection; Foley Cove sketches), David C. Wilcock (Foreign Aid and Agricultural Development in Africa), Sally Williams (Founding Faces: Hiram, Maine),
Memoirs/Biographical Authors: Wayne Miles Burton (Wayne’s War), Judith Perry Carpenter (Uninvited Goddess), Laurie Apgar Chandler (through Woods Waters; top), Bethany Lynn Davis (in the depths), Mimi Gough (from Fledgling to Flair), Christopher W. Morin (Three Life Labs; Three Fab Felines).
Children’s book authors: Kathleen Murray Allen (The Girl with the Berry), Betsy Anderson (Maggie Goes to Maine), Mary Atkinson (The Owl Girl; Tilly Hart & Soul), Ray Chalmers (Bear and the Oxbow Island Gang; Oxbow Island Gang: Crab Cemetery; Oxbow Island Gang: Winter Crows), Gail Clark (The Adventures of Eloise Violet and Madeline Rose: The Island), Didi Cooper (Buddy the Bullfrog on Sweet Pickle Pond, Before You Were Ours), Sandra Dunham (The Spiritual Warrior), Peter & Deborah Emery ( Tree of Wildlife), Kristi Laguerus (Candice and Lucy at the Halloween House), Lawrence H. Levitt (ADA Bee Down East Adventure), J. Philip Miller (Mello Minder), Pat Davidson Reeve (David C. Driskill: artist, educator, author; revisited In Bernard Langler; Dahloff Ebkar/Artist), Edith Shriver (Talos and the Yellow Bag), Susan A. Starr (Birthright), Judy Valentine (The Crystal Series), Janet Williams (Max and Mrs. Quinn), and Margaret Goss (from Nana’s Window) .
Poetry authors: Elaine Goldsmith (left foot, right foot) and Betsy Headley (bird clarity).
Gift book authors: Vicki Hughes Barron (Maine Books Fun Word Search Puzzles 1 and 2), Deborah Gould (Your Signed Card… Crashed You’re Dead), Susan A. Star (Memoirs of a Crazy Inn Owner).