Monday, July 12, 2010

See you next year!

Thanks to all our authors and attendees for making this year's Books in Boothbay a huge success!

We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. See you next summer!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Our Full Author List

Books in Boothbay: Maine's Summer Book Fair is just a few days away. Remember, admission is FREE and the event is RAIN OR SHINE!

Here's the full list of this year's author. Read through our past entries for their bios and more information about their books!

Charlotte Agell
Spencer Appollonio
Norman Beaupre
Dean Bennett
Frances Bloxam
Betsy Connor Bowen
Gerry Boyle
Kate Braestrup
Beth Cadena
Jo Cameron
Tim Caverly
Richard Shain Cohen
Mary Morton Cowan
Bill Dixon
Sandra Dutton
Peter Felsenthal
Jane Freeberg
Maureen Heffernan
Fred Kaplan
Carl Little
Cynthia Lord
Amy Mac Donald
Theresa Mattor
Bob McKay
John McKown
Wesley McNair
Tammy LR Meserve
Christopher Mills
Angeli Perrow
Dr. Christian Potholm
Jay Robbins
Anne Sibley-O’Brien
Michelle Souliere
July Spencer-Fleming
Jim Taliana
Lucie Teegarden
Lisa Tharpe
Jeffrey Thomson
Lea Wait

Friday, July 2, 2010

Books in Boothbay Reading Schedule!

Six of the forty Maine authors attending this weekend's Books in Boothbay festival will conduct readings from their latest works and take questions from the audience.

Here's the schedule:

1:00 - Mystery novelist Gerry Boyle, author of Port City Shakedown and other popular books

1:20 - Jeffrey Thomson, winner of the 2010 Maine Book Prize in Poetry

1:40 - Award-winning mystery author Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of I Shall Not Want

2:00 - Sandra Dutton, author and illustrator of the newly released children's book, Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth

2:20 - Newbery Award-winning children's author Cynthia Lord

2:40 - Carl Little, author of The Art of Dahlov Ipcar

Show up and support these great authors!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Author Announcement: Tammy L.R. Meserve

Tammy LR Meserve lives in Edgecomb, Maine. She is the author of the recently published children's book, "There's a Moose Loose in the Hoose!"  She is currently at work on her second book.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Author Announcement: Peter P. Blanchard III

PETER P. BLANCHARD III is a long-time conservationist and environmental activist, and the founder of Greenwood Gardens, a New Jersey nonprofit organization dedicated to horticulture and environmental education. He owns and manages two Maine islands as nature reserves. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Orion Society, which produces Orion, a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to the issues of nature, culture, and place.

Blanchard's latest book is We Were an Island: The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam.

Anyone visiting the innumerable islands that hug the coast of Maine has wondered what it would be like to live year round on a "rock" bounded by the sea, essentially cut off from the world, with life's priorities whittled down to the most basic necessities. In 1949 Art and Nan Kellam set off to find their own isolated piece of paradise and eventually settled on a 550-acre island known as Placentia, near Mount Desert Island. They would live there year round for nearly forty years.

In this beautifully illustrated volume--based on Nan's personal journal and the "Big Book," to which both Art and Nan contributed private correspondence and archival materials--Peter P. Blanchard III re-creates the story of their island years. 

He shows their singular devotion to each other, finds tantalizing clues to their reasons for seeking isolation from the rest of the world, and considers the mental and physical toll of such an unusual lifestyle on the individual and joined psyches of the couple. The narrative is beautifully enhanced by historic photographs and by David Graham's recent color photography. While evoking the alluring beauty of Maine's rugged coast, the book celebrates the Kellams' courage and determination to follow a
distinctive life path. We Were an Island paints a sensitive and sympathetic portrait of a relationship that endured, even prospered, in isolation.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Poet announcement: Jeffrey Thomson

Jeffrey Thomson's Newest Book is Birdwatching in Wartime, which was just awarded the 2010 Maine Book Prize in Poetry from the Maine Writers and Publishers Association.

Friday, June 25, 2010

One more reason to attend Books in Boothbay: Fresh Paintings!

In the ten days leading up to Books in Boothbay: Maine's Summer Book Fair, the members of the Plein-Air Painters of Maine will be painting scenes of the Railway Village, where the book fair is being held. These paintings will be displayed to the public for the first time at the authors & artists reception after the book fair!

The reception is free, and you'll have the chance to mingle with the authors and artists, and also to purchase any of the paintings created by the Plein-Air Painters.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Author Announcement: Amy MacDonald

Amy MacDonald's books include Rachel Fister's Blister, Cousin Ruth's Tooth, No More Nice, No More Nasty, Please Malese!, The Spider Who Created the World, and Quentin Fenton Herter III. These books have won awards ranging from Best Books for Babies to the IRA/CBC Children's Choice Award, to the Oppenheim Platinum and Parents Choice Gold awards.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Author Announcement: Norman Beaupré

Norman Beaupré is our latest author attending Books in Boothbay. Here's his brief bio:

Born in Maine and received his B.A. from St. Francis College, Biddeford; A.M. and Ph.D. from Brown University in 1974. Taught 30 years at the University of New England: French literature, French Impressionism, World literature and Transcultural Health Care.

Traveled extensively: France [2 sabbaticals in Paris and received a National Endowment for the arts grant to study Gothic Architecture under Professor Stephen Murray of Columbia Univ.];Brazil[Fulbright-Hayes grant]; Mexico to do research on curanderismo(folk healing); Belgium; Amsterdam; Germany, Prague and most of Eastern Europe; Spain; New Mexico and Arizona.
Professor Emeritus at the University of New England, Maine where he was full professor and department chair of the Humanities Dept.

Received two major decorations from the French Government:  Ordre de la Francophonie, la Pléiade and Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres[arts and literature] for exemplary contributions to the French culture. 

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Author Announcement: Spencer Apollonio

Spencer Apollonio is a retired marine biologist and a research fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA). He has made fourteen trips to the Arctic and established AINA's Devon Island Research Station.

Lands that Hold One Spellbound is an informal history of East Greenland. Author Spencer Apollonio has written the only known overview of the history of this region, summarizing indigenous settlements over four millennia and describing European explorations from the Norse to recent years. East Greenland is an immense land of mountains and fjords, of glaciers and meadowlands, and of unique contrasts in weather. It has been colonized seven different times over 4,000 years by migrants from the West. Apollonio details the struggles of vessels to reach the coast through the ice pack, the longest Arctic sledge journeys, the peculiar story of World War II in East Greenland, and the impact of centuries of exploration and change on Greenland’s indigenous populations. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Author Announcement: Poet Peter Felsenthal

Poet Peter Felsenthal's latest book is More Scents Please.

Felsenthal is a Chicago native educated and brought up on the East Coast. His poetry took second place to earning a living for many years. Peter is the father of four, grandfather of nine. He resides on Barters Island, in mid-coast Maine.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Author Announcement: Theresa Mattor & Lucie Teegarden

Theresa Mattor and Lucie Teegarden are the authors of Designing the Maine Landscape.

Mattor is a landscape architect and author based in Greater Portland. A native of Laconia, New Hampshire, she received a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon. Since moving to Maine in 1988, she has enjoyed a design career that focuses on historic and contemporary landscapes, with a specialty in residential sites. She lectures frequently about contemporary landscape design, native plants, and historic landscapes. She lives in Hollis, Maine, with her husband and son.

Teegarden is a writer and editor who has spent more than 35 years producing college, university, and museum publications and books. She holds a B.A. in languages from the College of New Rochelle and an M.A. in French from Yale University and enjoys editing French and ESL teaching materials as well as books on art, history, gardening, and other subjects. Before moving to Brunswick, Maine, in 1983, she lived in Kenitra, Morocco, and in the suburbs of Boston, New Haven, and New York City.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Author Announcement: Bill Dixon

Bill Dixon's latest book is Disorderly Conduct: Tales of the 1960's. He is also the author of Guitar Collecting, currently in its third printing.

In addition to his books, Dixon has established a successful real estate development company; climbed mountains in Vermont and New Hampshire; released a music CD; built a couple of  hundred feet of natural stone walls on his property in Maine, and lectured on several unrelated topics: guitars as an art form, marketing and business development, Russian Icons and other  things. He’s completed a number of other peculiar projects, as well.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Author Announcement: Betsy Connor Bowen

Winner of the 2010 Maine Literary Award, Betsy Connor Bowen is the author of Spring Bear, her first novella.

Betsy Connor Bowen lives and writes in central Maine. “A life journey of many decades led me to a place in my imagination named Soper’s Mills, where the people who live there are not ‘fast food.’ They are your mother’s meatloaf – baked in a woodstove, with gravy like nobody else makes, garden vegetables – you can’t get it anywhere else. Not in a million years. I love these people and I love writing about them. I love to tell about the choices they make, their fragile souls diminished by the world sometimes, enlarged at others; about their unnoticed moments of grace. They are all heroes to me.”

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Author Announcement: Tim Caverly

Tim Caverly has spent his life in Maine’s outdoors. Growing up shadowing his father who was a fire warden with the Maine Forest Service and his brother, a ranger in Baxter State Park, it was natural for him to seek a career in the outdoors. Tim is originally from Skowhegan, Maine and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine at Machias.

While in college, Tim began working as a ranger at Sebago Lake State Park for the State Parks and Recreation Commission. After Sebago, he continued his employment with the Department of Conservation with assignments as a manager of Aroostook and Cobscook Bay State Parks as well as a regional supervisor of the Allagash Region, which included the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and the Penobscot River Corridor. Tim was supervisor of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway for eighteen years.

In 1999, Tim retired from the Department after a 32-year career, and became director of Maine Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Tim resides in Millinocket, and now works in the Millinocket School System. He enjoys raising Golden Retrievers, and sharing stories about the Allagash.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Author Announcement: Jane Freeberg

Jane Freeberg, author of The Scallop Christmas, provided this bio: My husband and I have lived in Maine for 33 years....the best 33. We grew up in New York where I graduated from Adelphi College. We have 2 sons, both teachers and both writers. I've always loved to tell stories, and I recognize a good tale when I hear one, so when my friend told me the story of the great scallop harvest that occurred when she was a child, and the odd circumstances surrounding it, it really stuck in my head.  For 35 years, it would pop into my head every once in a while and I'd think to myself, "That's a really unusual story.  Somebody ought to write that down".  Finally, I realized nobody was going to do it, so I gave it a try. I'm sorry now that I didn't start sooner.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Author announcement: Christian Potholm

Chris Potholm is DeSilva Alexander Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

He is the author of a dozen books on politics all over the world. His Just Do It! Political Participation in the 1990s is a look inside electoral politics in Maine and the nation. His An Insider's Guide to Maine Politics was published early in 1998. His most recent book is Winning At War.

Chris is the founder and president of Command Research, a national polling firm which for the last 20 years has polled in all of the 48 contiguous states. His clients include companies, institutions, interest groups and political causes.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Author announcement: Anne Sibley O'Brien

Anne Sibley O'Brien of Peaks Island, Maine, has illustrated thirty books for children, thirteen of which she also wrote. Her passion for multiracial and global subjects was kindled by being raised in South Korea as the daughter of medical missionaries. She illustrated Jamaica's Find (a Reading Rainbow selection) and six other Jamaica titles by Juanita Havill; Africa Is Not a Country (Children's Africana Book Award) and four other titles by Maine author Margy Burns Knight; and the just-released Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle, by Maine author Reza Jalali. She wrote and illustrated The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea (Aesop Award; Asian-Pacific American Award for Literature; Global Korea Award; and Booklist's "Top Ten Graphic Novels for Youth 2007"), and After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance (Maine Literary Book Award 2010), which she co-wrote with her son, Perry O'Brien. She blogs about race, culture and children's books at Coloring Between the Lines.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Author announcement: Mary Morton Cowan

Mary Morton Cowan is a graduate of Westbrook (ME) High School and Bates College. Her 2003 book, Timberrr… A History of Logging in New England, received Maine Library Association’s Lupine Honor Award. Her new book is Captain Mac: The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer, which tells MacMillan's adventurous story -- the vital role he played in Robert Peary’s 1908-1909 North Pole Expedition, his death-defying 1913-1917 expedition to northern Greenland, and his 1925 expedition which pioneered the use of radio and aircraft in Arctic exploration, and more!

A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, nearly 70 of her articles and stories have been published in children’s magazines, and several have been reprinted in textbooks and anthologies. She lives with her husband near Sebago Lake, and enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Author Announcement: Frances Bloxum

Frances Bloxam of Bath, Maine, is the author of three children’s books: Antlers Forever, Little Tom Turkey and Beau Beaver Goes to Town.  Each tells the story of a Maine wild animal and the dramatic and often hilarious process of growing up.  Written in lively rhyme, Frances’ books are perfect for the very young and also for the adults who enjoy reading aloud to children.  Her books have been read to Maine school children by Senator Susan Collins and are found in bookstores and national park gift shops throughout the United States.  Maine Fish and Wildlife Department personnel have used them in educational programs for children.  Frances devotes her time to book fairs, book signings, school programs and read-aloud programs at libraries throughout Maine and other states.

Although Frances’ first book was published in 2001 when she was 67, her entire life has embraced learning, literacy and helping children grow to be strong adults.  A Midwesterner, Frances’ mother was the town librarian – Frances’ library card number was 7.  Her father wrote informative, humorous columns for the local newspaper.  She has strong memories of another librarian, Ms. Jeanpert, who always spoke with her, not as a child, but as a person with her own thoughts.

Frances completed graduate work in Child Development, worked as a preschool teacher for many years and married a teacher.  Together they raised five children, who still quote Dr. Suess to each other.  (It drives their spouses crazy.)  The love of words, humor and rhyme continues in the grandchildren.

Frances has balanced her creative, home and family-based life with years of adventurous travel through dozens of countries, and with driving, camping and motorcycling trips in the US.

A reviewer says “Frances knows children well; their love of nonsense, their feeling for rhyme and rhythm”.  She believes in the value of the written word and the need to challenge children as they grow.

Recently, Frances received a Maine Literary Award in the Children’s Division for her recent publication Beau Beaver Goes to Town.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Author Announcement: Cynthia Lord

Cynthia Lord's debut novel, RULES was a New York Times Bestseller and has received numerous awards, including Newbery Honor and; the Maine Student Book Award. A former elementary and middle-school teacher, Cynthia spent a year teaching on a Maine island, which is the setting for her second novel (TOUCH BLUE, August 2010). Her first picture book, HOT ROD HAMSTER, was published in February and became a Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller. She lives with her husband and her two children fifteen minutes from the ocean in Brunswick, Maine. You can visit Cindy on the web at

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Author announcement: Wesley McNair

Books in Boothbay: Maine's Summer Book Fair is proud to announce that poet Wesley McNair will be attending the festival this July.

Wesley McNair’s latest book is Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems. He has held grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, an NEH Fellowship in literature, and two NEA fellowships. In 2006 he was selected for a United States Artists Fellowship of $50,000 as one of  “America’s finest living artists.” Other honors include the Devins Award for Poetry, the Jane Kenyon Award, the Robert Frost Award, the Theodore Roethke Prize, the Eunice Tietjens Prize from Poetry magazine, an Emmy Award, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal. A guest editor in poetry for the 2010 Pushcart Prize anthology, he has served four times on the nominating jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His work has appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition and The Writer’s Almanac, with Garrison Keillor; two editions of The Best American Poetry; and over fifty anthologies. He has authored or edited eighteen books, including poetry, nonfiction, and anthologies.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Author announcement: Angeli Perrow

Here's another author coming to the Books in Boothbay Festival this summer:

Children's author Angeli Perrow  is the author of four picture books and a mystery novel for children. Her love of lighthouses and the history surrounding them led to the writing of Captain's Castaway, Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue, and Sirius the Dog Star, which are all based on true events at Maine lighthouses. The Lightkeeper's Key weaves Maine lighthouse legends into a page-turning mystery that thrills children with ghosts, a treasure hunt, a secret code, and lots of adventure. Her newest book, Many Hands, takes a different path as it relates the tale of a Penobscot Indian girl who dreams of being a master basket maker and learns the importance of community.

Angeli is an art teacher in Hampden, Maine, where she lives with her family. She is a former classroom teacher, newspaper reporter and editor and nautical products artist. She enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, Celtic music and Irish dancing.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Author announcement: Strange Maine author Michelle Souliere

Maine is well known as a land of fresh air and clean water, as the home of L.L. Bean and as one of the most popular camping and outdoor recreation destinations in the country. But what lies behind this idyllic façade? Unmapped roads. Whispering rocks. Deadening fog. Ghost pirates. Lonely islands. THINGS in the woods. This is the great state of Maine, home of Stephen King, land of the Great Northern Woods and all the mystery that lies within their dark footprint. What better setting than this for tales of strange creatures, murderers, madmen and eccentric hermits? From the “Headless Halloween of 1940” to the mystery of who lies in the grave of V.P. Coolidge; from the Bigfoot sightings to the “witch’s grave” in a Portland cemetery, writer and illustrator Michelle Souliere brings to life these strange-but-true tales from the Pine Tree State.

Michelle Souliere is the author and editor of the Strange Maine blog, winner of the Portland Phoenix’s “Best Blog” award in 2008 and 2009, and the Strange Maine Gazette, its print offshoot. She is the founder of the Green Hand Bookshop in Portland, Maine. She spends a portion of her time creating artwork for local display and publication, which includes drawing, painting and photography. She likes Maine very much.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Artist announcement: Jim Taliana

It's Tuesday, which means we're announcing another guest for this year's Books in Boothbay Festival.

Jim Taliana has had 14 one-person shows and has exhibited in watercolor, oils, India ink, photography and sculptures in welded metal, wood, and stone. Recently, he has illustrated three children’s books:  "The Littlest Tugboat," "The Seagull Who Refused to Be Ordinary," and "The Small Tall Ship," all available at most bookstores in Maine. Jim started and chaired the first annual statewide juried Maine Photography Show in 2006. He is a trustee and past president of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation and has been tutoring in art and conducting painting and drawing workshops for over 20 years, both in Maine and Michigan. Each July, he conducts a five-day outdoor painting workshop. Jim is currently represented by five galleries: The Ambleside Galleries in Greensboro, N.C., Cary Gallery in Rochester, Mich., Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Boothbay Region Art Foundation in Boothbay Harbor, and the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Author announcement: Lincoln biographer Fred Kaplan

Time to announce one more author coming our way for the 6th annual Books in Boothbay festival, Fred Kaplan, author of Lincoln: the Biography of a Writer.

Here's a description of the book:

For Abraham Lincoln, whether he was composing love letters, speeches, or legal arguments, words mattered. In Lincoln, acclaimed biographer Fred Kaplan explores the life of America's sixteenth president through his use of language as a vehicle both to express complex ideas and feelings and as an instrument of persuasion and empowerment. Like the other great canonical writers of American literature—a status he is gradually attaining—Lincoln had a literary career that is inseparable from his life story. An admirer and avid reader of Burns, Byron, Shakespeare, and the Old Testament, Lincoln was the most literary of our presidents. His views on love, liberty, and human nature were shaped by his reading and knowledge of literature.

Since Lincoln, no president has written his own words and addressed his audience with equal and enduring effectiveness. Kaplan focuses on the elements that shaped Lincoln's mental and imaginative world; how his writings molded his identity, relationships, and career; and how they simultaneously generated both the distinctive political figure he became and the public discourse of the nation. This unique account of Lincoln's life and career highlights the shortcomings of the modern presidency, reminding us, through Lincoln's legacy and appreciation for language, that the careful and honest use of words is a necessity for successful democracy.

Illuminating and engrossing, Lincoln brilliantly chronicles Abraham Lincoln's genius with language.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Author announcement: Julia Spencer-Fleming

Award-winning mystery author Julia Spencer-Fleming shall join us in July for Books in Boothbay: Maine's Summer Book Fair. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Author anouncement: Kate Braestrup

Kate Braestrup is a community minister, law enforcement chaplain, and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Here If You Need Me, and Marriage and Other Acts of Charity, now in stores.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Author announcement: Richard Shain Cohen

Richard Shain Cohen, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is originally from Boston. He retired from the University of Maine, Presque Isle after serving as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of English. He holds B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. His latest book is The Forgotten Longfellow: Man in the Shadows.

THE FORGOTTEN LONGFELLOW is a snapshot of America in the 1800s, and amazing tale which reads like an adventure story – as Alexander, Senior feeling like a failure in contrast to his famous poet brother, takes a position as coast surveyor and begins a life of exploration. He surveyed the northern border of Maine in the boundary dispute with England. This begins his description of the northern wilderness, life among Indians, Acadians, and lone trappers; dangerous journeys around Cape Horn; and surveys in a South ravaged by war while mingling with wandering former slaves and the dispossessed.. We meet Dolley Madison, John Quincy Adams, and President Polk and a cast of hundreds in the drawing-rooms of Washington, D.C.; we experience his eventual courtship and catch rare glimpses of family life in the country manor-houses of Maine; and having been enriched by a most unusual journey through Nineteenth-century America, courtesy of a man who never realized how significant his gifts and accomplishments really were. The book is a visual treat also, studded with gorgeous maps, many drawings, and photographs – a coffee table adventure story.  For further information see:

In addition to this book, his publications include: Only God Can Make a Tree, poetry of his and of his brother, Alfred Robert Cohen; and the novels Monday: End of the Week, Be Still, My Soul, and Petal On A Black Bough. He also wrote chapters for Aroostook: Land of Promise, academic reviews, other articles, and — with the help of a Shell Grant — a monograph on Samuel Richardson that can be found in major library holdings.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Another author announcement: Charlotte Agell

The Books in Boothbay author list continues to grow! Our latest announced guest is author/illustrator Charlotte Agell, whose most recent book, The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister, is due out any day now.

You can read more about Charlotte Agell at her website, or visit her character's blog over at

Friday, April 2, 2010

Author #8 Announced: Beth Cadena

Author, mother, friend and "Maine-ah" Beth Cadena is the author of Supersister, a Junior Library Guild selection and a Winter 09/10 Children's Indie Next pick.

Here's the great description of the book:

Brave enough to walk to the bus stop alone. Strong enough to lift--and pour--her own bowl of cereal. Able to read a story aloud all by herself. Who could this masked girl be?

It's Supersister!

This energetic and playful story follows hero through a typical day of accomplishing ordinary feats for her family in an extraordinary way. And by the end you'll find out why she's such a super helper to her mother and how she earned her name. This fresh take on a new sibling story is sure to empower young readers, as it reminds them of all the super things they can do by themselves, and makes it possible for any child to become a super-helper.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Author # 7: Carl Little

Books in Boothbay is excited to announce our seventh confirmed author: Carl Little

Carl Little is the author of more than a dozen art books, including Edward Hopper’s New England, The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent and, new this year, The Art of Dahlov Ipcar

He is a regular contributor to Art New England and Art in America, where he was formerly associate editor. He has written essays for museum and gallery exhibitions and lectures widely. Little’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, New Directions in Poetry and Prose and The Hudson Review, as well as in the new anthology, Maine in Four Seasons: 20 Poets Celebrate the Turning Year, edited by Wesley McNair.

Little directed the Ethel H. Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic; he currently is director of communications and marketing at the Maine Community Foundation. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Columbia University and Middlebury College. A native New Yorker, Little lives on Mount Desert Island.    

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Author # 6: Dean Bennett

Dean Bennett writes and illustrates books about nature and wilderness. He has authored and illustrated five published trade books for the general public. His latest book is Nature and Renewal: Wild River Valley and Beyond, 2009, Tilbury House Publishers.

Other books are Maine’s Natural Heritage: Rare Species and Unique Natural Features, Allagash: Maine’s Wild and Scenic River, The Forgotten Nature of New England: A Search for Traces of the Original Wilderness, and The Wilderness from Chamberlain Farm: A Story of Hope for the American Wild.

He has written and illustrated three children’s books: Everybody Needs a Hideaway, Finding a Friend in the Forest, and The Late Loon, all published by Down East Books.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Another Author Announced: Lea Wait

Maine author Lea Wait writes acclaimed historical novels for ages 7 and up set on the coast of Maine. STOPPING TO HOME was named a "notable children's book of 2001" by Smithsonian Magazine and a “best of the best” by Bank Street College.

In FINEST KIND (2006,) a family moves to Maine after the Panic of 1837 so the father can work in a lumber mill. Jake, age 13, must prepare his family for the winter – and keep the family secret they brought with them from Boston. Kirkus called it "a story that will linger in the hearts of readers." 

She is also the author of Scribner's Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, traditional mysteries for adults. SHADOWS AT THE FAIR was a finalist for a "best first mystery" Agatha in 2002; SHADOWS ON THE COAST OF MAINE was a Mystery Guild "Editor's Choice" in 2003. SHADOWS ON THE IVY (2004) was also a Mystery Guild selection.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fourth author announced: Sandra Dutton

The author list for Maine's Summer Book Fair continues to grow. Here's author # 4!

Sandra Dutton has published five books for children and a sixth, Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth, a novel, is forthcoming in June 2010 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Dutton has an A.B. in Fine Arts and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric &  Composition, and taught English at the University of Louisville and New York Institute of Technology.  She was the founder, in 1982, publisher and editor of her own literary magazine, River City Review, in Louisville, Kentucky.  She is also a painter, exhibiting most recently at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset, the University of Southern Maine at Lewiston, and the University of New England.  She is the mother of two grown sons and now lives with her husband in Maine.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Third author announced: Gerry Boyle

Books in Boothbay is excited to announce our third confirmed author, mystery writer Gerry Boyle!

Gerry Boyle is the author of 10 mystery novels, including the acclaimed Jack McMorrow mystery series, featuring an ex-New York Times reporter transplanted to Maine. A second Boyle series, featured Portland boat bum turned rookie cop Brandon Blake, launched in 2009 with publication of PORT CITY SHAKEDOWN. The ninth Jack McMorrow mystery, DAMAGED GOODS, was published in May. DAMAGED GOODS is set in the fictional Maine coast town of Galway, where McMorrow rescues an injured "escort" named Mandi, and his wife, social worker Roxanne, is stalked by a crazed Satanist after taking his abused children into custody.

Boyle is a former newspaper reporter and columnist. In addition to writing mystery novels, he is editor of Colby College magazine (his alma mater) and a freelance writer. Boyle lives with his wife Mary by a lake in a small town in central Maine.

Look for our next author announcement later this week!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Second author announced: Christopher Mills

Books in Boothbay: Maine's Summer Book Fair is excited to announce our second confirmed author, Christopher Mills.

Christopher Mills is a freelance writer, editor and graphic artist with decades of experience in the publishing industry, working primarily for newspapers and comic book publishers. A professional writer for twenty years, he has scripted numerous independent comic books in a variety of genres, including Leonard Nimoy's Primortals, Shadow House, Kolchak Tales (based on the much-beloved TV show, Kolchak the Night Stalker), The Night Driver, Captain Midnight, the Spinetingler Award-winning Femme Noir: The Dark City Diaries and the critically-acclaimed crime thriller, Gravedigger: The Scavengers.

He has also authored a number of published short stories, including contributions to Moonstone Books' The Spider Chronicles, Captain Midnight Chronicles and Werewolves: Dead Moon Rising.

He lives in an old farmhouse in Central Maine with his wife, dog, cat, and thousands of books and videos.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

First author announced: Maureen Heffernan

Books in Boothbay: Maine's Summer Book Fair is happy to announce our first author for 2010.

Maureen Heffernan is the Executive Director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens where she has worked since 2004 helping to create Maine first major botanical garden in Boothbay, Maine.

Her books include: Native Plants for Maine Gardens and Fairy Houses of the Maine Coast, both published by Downeast Press.

Look for more author announcements soon!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Back for Year Number Six!

We're back for another year of fun, sun, and a celebration of the written word!

The sixth annual Books in Boothbay festival (formerly Books and Blooms) will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at the Boothbay Railway Village, the same site that provided us with such a great location last year.

Books in Boothbay is Maine's Summer Book Fair, and we're excited about the great lineup of authors we have signed up already. Look for bios and information soon. Around 40 authors will be in Boothbay for this great event. Some will offer readings or discussions; all will be available to sign their books and talk with their readers.

Look for author bios and more information shortly. Until then, mark your calendars! We look forward to seeing you in July!