Sunday, June 26, 2016

Charlene D’Avanzo

Marine ecologist and award winning environmental educator Charlene D’Avanzo studied the New England coast for over thirty years. In 2015 she was awarded Mystery Writers of America’s McCloy award for new authors. Her Mara Tusconi Mystery series takes readers into the sunning beauty of Maine’s seawaters and grave threats facing them. An avid sea kayaker, D’Avanzo lives in Yarmouth, Maine.

Come meet Charlene D’Avanzo and dozens of other Maine authors at Books in Boothbay on July 9!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mary Lawrence

Mary Lawrence lives in Limington and worked in the medical field for over twenty-five years before publishing her debut mystery,

The Alchemist’s Daughter (Kensington, 2015). The book was named by Suspense Magazine as a “Best Book of 2015”

in the historical mystery category and was an Amazon top selling historical mystery for two months. Her articles have appeared in several publications including Portland Monthly Magazine, and the national news blog, The Daily Beast.

Book 2 of the Bianca Goddard Mysteries, Death of an Alchemist, released in February, 2016. Visit her at

Come meet Mary Lawrence and dozens of other Maine authors at Books in Boothbay on July 9!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Barbara Winslow

Come meet Barbara Winslow, author of Dance on a Sealskin, at Books in Boothbay on July 9!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Matthew Langdon Cost

Matthew Langdon Cost graduated with a B.A. in history from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Right after graduation he wrote a yet unpublished historical novel about the Cuban Revolution of 1953-1959. He has since published two mystery novels, Mainely Power and Mainely Fear. In 2007, after taking a two-week class on teaching biography in the classroom, Cost decided to return to historical fiction, choosing Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War as his topic.  Eight years later, his historical novel, Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War:  At Every Hazard, was published in April of 2015. The novel has been getting extremely good reviews from national publications such as KIRKUS REVIEW and the “Civil War News”. Cost was a business owner for ten years in Brunswick, Maine. His ventures included a video store, a fitness club, and a bookstore.  He was then a middle school social studies teacher for ten years, and has now dedicated himself to life as a writer.  

Come meet Matthew Langdon Cost and dozens of other Maine writers at Books in Boothbay on July 9!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Paul Doiron

Paul Doiron is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels. His first book, The Poacher’s Son, won the Barry and the Strand Critics Award and was nominated for an Edgar, an Anthony, a Macavity, and a Thriller Award. His second novel, Trespasser, received the Maine Literary Award. Paul’s sixth book, The Precipice, was an ABA bestseller. The seventh, Widowmaker, published on June 14, was a LibraryReads selection. His novels have been translated into ten languages. Paul is the former longtime Editor in Chief of Down East Magazine and a Registered Maine Guide. He lives on a trout stream in midcoast Maine.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sally Loughridge

Sally Loughridge, PhD, is a professional artist, cancer survivor, and retired clinical child psychologist who believes strongly in the power of art in its many forms to foster understanding, connection, and healing. Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket is the tale of a young boy as he is impacted by his sister's cancer journey. A story of illness and sibling love, the book reflects Sally's deep empathy for those going through serious illness, whether as patient or family member, and her expertise as a child psychologist and visual artist.

Raised by creative, curious parents, Loughridge lives on the coast of Maine where she is inspired by the beauty and ruggedness of the landscape and the resourcefulness of her people. She exhibits her paintings in galleries and invitational shows. Using the mediums of oil and soft pastel, she tries to convey her emotional responses to the beauty and power of Maine and the ever-changing light which graces it.

Loughridge earned her BA from Smith College and her PhD from Cornell University. She is also the author of Rad Art: A Journey Through Radiation Treatment (Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society 2012). The book presents the personal visual and written diary she kept over thirty-three consecutive days of radiation treatment after surgery. As a clinical psychologist, she co­authored three books for children going through significant family change: The Divorce Workbook, Changing Families, and My Kind of Family (Burlington, VT: Waterfront Books 1985, 1988, and 1990).

Monday, June 20, 2016

Jim Haskell

Jim Haskell got hooked on hiking while climbing mile-high Mount Katahdin in his native Maine when he was twelve. He hiked the Appalachian Trail between 1990 and 2010, and has now climbed most of New England’s 4,000-foot peaks. His goal is to climb all of the 4,000-footers in New England and New York by 2020 – his 60th year.

Jim was the executive director of Salem Harbor Community Development Corporation from 1994 to 2006. Since then, Jim has been a consultant to a number of non-profits on affordable housing projects. He holds a bachelor of arts from Boston University in history and a master in public administration from Suffolk University.  

In September of 2015, Two Tents, Jim’s memoir of his Appalachian Trail hikes, was published. Two Tents is his first book.