Friday, May 27, 2016

Coming soon: Books in Boothbay 2016!

About this year's poster and event: At the 11th Annual Books In Boothbay in 2015, Paige Pendleton, children’s book author, wrote a short story to be used by illustrator Thomas Block for a children’s illustration workshop. She created a character, Reginald, who lived there at the Railway Village and the kids created their vision of Reggie. As we checked out the results it became apparent that Reggie needed his story told. At that point Paige and Thomas began to create REGINALD THE RAILWAY RAT. It was sent to a publisher by the folks at the Railway Village and early in 2016 the book was launched. It is being sold at the Railway Village.

It was a no-brainer that Reggie would be one of the stars of the 2016 Books In Boothbay. Paige and Thomas will be in attendance to sign the book and a scavenger hunt will be held for the kids to visit the locations in the Village that appear in the book.

For the older attendees, the Sisters In Crime, mystery authors, will be staging Murder At the Old Railway Chapel. A crime scene will be set up at the chapel next door to the author signings and participants can gather clues and make their guesses on ‘whodunit.’ 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Thanks for another great year!

Another year has come and gone! Thanks to all of our amazing authors and illustrators who came out to this year's Books in Boothbay! And thanks, too, to all of the wonderful people who came out to meet them and pick up copies of their books. We hope you all had a great a time as we did.

The event may be over, but memories live on: You can see some great photos from this year's event on our Facebook page.

See you again next year!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Today's the Day!

This is it! Books in Boothbay is going on TODAY at Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine. Authors and illustrators of books for kids will be on hand in the morning, while adults can build up their own libraries during the afternoon. And remember -- admission is free! Come on down, we can't wait to see you!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Our complete list of authors!

Books in Boothbay is just a few days away! Come meet all of our attending authors this Saturday, July 11. Children's authors and illustrators will be signing in the morning, while authors for adults will be on hand during the afternoon. We look forward to seeing you!

Betsey Anderson

Cady Elizabeth Arnold

Emerson W. Baker

Ben Bishop

Cheryl Blaydon

Jen Blood

P.D. Callahan

Joy Cameron

Ellen Cooney

Russ Cox

Jessie Crockett

Brian Daniels

Ronna Lambiasi DeLoe

Don Denico

Paul Doiron

Kaitlyn Dunnett

Kathy Lynn Emerson

Cathryn Falwell

Peter Felsenthal

Melissa Falcon Field

Kathie Fiveash

Kate Flora

Sarah Gagnon

Medea Harris

Fran Hodgkins

Jayne Rowe Jones

Brian Kevin

Liza Kleinman

Pat Lammers

Mary Lawrence

Teri Lee

Christopher Lockwood

Glenda MacLachlan

Francine McEwen

Wesley McNair

Kathryn Miles

Christopher Morin

Eva Murray

Hilary Nangle

Jim Nichols

Jane Parker

Cathie Pelletier

Paige Pendleton

Helen Peppe

Jay Piscopo

Lynn Plourde

Steven Powell

Gary Rainford

Mark Scott Ricketts

Bill Roorbach

Connie Saindon

Frank O Smith

Julia Spencer-Fleming

Brenda Reeves Sturgis

John Swan

Diane Taylor-Moore

JoJo Thoreau

Jacqueline Tourville

Wendy Ulmer

Susan Vaughan

Lea Wait

Russell Warnberg

Barbara T. Winslow

Jennifer Wixson

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Don Denico

Don Denico -- author of Can a Frog Fly? and other books -- grew up in Vassalboro, Maine and graduated from Winslow High School and the University of Southern Maine for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He is married to his wife, Bonny and they have two wonderful children. They reside in Standish, Maine where Don teaches at Bonny Eagle High School. Outside of his formal education he has passed the Maine Guides test, has taught drivers' education, and has achieved the rank of Black belt in Shaolin Kempo style Karate. He loves the challenge of building anything. His latest building project was a rib and plank Grand Laker Canoe. The Wood Chuck Valley Tales are stories he has created for his kids on the way to his family's camp in the deep woods of Maine. These stories were to keep them interested in the woods around them, off of electronic devices, and hopefully teach them some life lessons along the way.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Christopher W. Morin

Christopher W. Morin, author of A Tale of Life & War, was born, raised, and currently resides in Portland, Maine. He received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maine at Orono. He is a history enthusiast and has enjoyed creative writing since penning his first short story back in second grade.

Come meet Christopher W. Morin and all of our other authors at Books in Boothbay, this Saturday, July 11!

Brian Kevin

Brian Kevin is the author of The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America

What are your ties to Maine or the Boothbay Peninsula?

I live just up the road, in Damariscotta. I've lived in Maine for about 5 years now, since my wife (who grew up in Cape Elizabeth) found me in Montana and convinced me to give the East a try. I'm also an editor at Down East magazine, so a lot of my writing life lately is Maine-centric.

What is your favorite thing about writing in Maine?

The psychographic diversity of this state appeals to me quite a bit, the way you can spend a weekend hanging around Portland, another visiting Rangeley, another on the midcoast, another passing through Washington County, and another exploring the County, and feel like you've drifted through five pretty distinct micro-cultures.

What are the most important themes in your work?

I'm a pretty loud and proud generalist -- I try to cover as diverse a slate of topics in a given year as I possibly can, and I try to keep the formal approach fresh. That being said, I think a lot of the stories I'm most drawn to have something to do with displacement and/or slippery definitions of wildness.

Tell us about the book you will be signing at Books In Boothbay this year?

I'll be signing copies of The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America, a travel book published last year, which finds me retracing the route that a young Hunter S. Thompson traveled as a freelance foreign correspondent in the early 1960s, long before he came to fame as a self-proclaimed "gonzo journalist." It's a road narrative that explores culture, politics, and ecology in 21st century South America, with Thompson's ghost as a traveling companion and guide.

What do you hope readers will discover in your latest book?

I think the book raises a questions about what it means to be an American abroad, about how immersion in a foreign culture changes a person and how it doesn't, and about how travelers leave their mark on the places they pass through. I hope readers come away from the book with a punch of potential answers to these questions they hadn't otherwise considered.

What do you feel about the future of our local libraries?

I haven't given it a lot of thought, but I know I'm fond of my own local library, Skidompha Public Library, here in Damariscotta. I imagine the big challenge before libraries is how to remain relevant in an increasingly digital age — not just because of ebooks, but because of the many digital commons available to us that fill some of the roles libraries once filled. I do hope that bigger institutions especially manage to keep a focus on being research repositories, rather than shifting their emphases to say, DVD lending or internet access in the name of attracting the most patrons.

Come meet Brian Kevin and other Maine authors this Saturday at Books in Boothbay!