Monday, July 15, 2013

Thanks for another successful year!

Books in Boothbay: Maine's Summer Book Fair is done for another year. Our authors and the Boothbay Memorial Library thank you for your support. We hope you picked up a lot of great books to read, and we'll see you again in July 2014 for our fabulous tenth year!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Today is the day: Meet 42 authors at Book in Boothbay!

This is it! Today, July 13, is the ninth annual Books in Boothbay: Maine's Summer Book Fair!

Come on by Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine, for your chance to meet 42 authors and artists. We'll have books for sale, readings, a chance to meet a pig and a whole lot more. The doors open at 12:30pm and admission is free!

What are you waiting for? We'll see you this afternoon!

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Complete Books in Boothbay Author List!

Here it is -- the complete list of all 42 authors and artists appearing at this year's Books in Boothbay! We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, July 13!

Jason Anthony
Robert Atkinson
Walter Bannon
Deborah Cummins
Linda Greenlaw
James Leamon
John McDonald
Susan Poulin
V. Paul Reynolds
Richard Rubin
Milton Van Vlack
Carol Lillieqvist Welsh
Martha White

Cheryl Blaydon
Jen Blood
Eric Dimbleby
Paul Doiron
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Amy Faircloth
Kate Flora
Chris Holm
Linda McLoon
Janet Morgan
Barbara Ross
Darcy Scott
Kieran Shields
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Lea Wait

Christian Barter

Lisa Colburn
Barbara Damrosch
Margaret Hathaway

Katie Clark
Sandra Dutton
Tammy Meserve
Jennifer O'Connell

Ellen Booraem
Lisa Jahn-Clough
Jennifer Gooch Hummer
Paul Molyneaux
Maria Padian
Katie Quirk

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Carol Lillieqvist Welsh

Adoptee, Birthmother, and Adoptive mother, Carol Lillieqvist Welsh's mission is to raise awareness of the complexities of adoption and inspire through experience, artistic design, and the written word. By sharing our journeys and wearing beautiful adoption artwork we honor the ties that bind those of us touched by these experiences.

An Author and jewelry designer with degrees in Psychology and Human Relations Carol is indeed an experienced expert in the field of adoption. Her dynamic presentations inspire and enthuse. Carol’s adoption mystery story will inspire you to find confidence, trust your abilities, make your own dreams come true, and take part in your destiny.  When you showcase a piece of her stunning jewelry radiance will flow from your entire body as you stand a bit taller, a bit straighter with honor and respect for being touched by adoption.

Carol is a member of the Maine Writers and Publisher Alliance, the American Adoption Congress, Concerned United Birthparents, and a supporter of Camp To Belong Maine. She lives in the mountains of Norway, Maine.

Readings at Books in Boothbay

Books in Boothbay isn't just about meeting your favorite authors and getting your books signed. You can also listen as several of them read from their latest books!

Here's this year's schedule:

1:00  Susan Poulin  FIND YOUR INNER MOOSE

1:30  Paul Molyneaux and his son Asher (Asher illustrated the book as well as hiked the trail)  A CHILD'S WALK IN THE WILDERNESS

2:00  Jennifer O'Connell THE EYE OF THE WHALE

2:30  Paul Doiron  MASSACRE POND

We'll see you Saturday, July 13, for all of the festivities!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Julia Spencer-Fleming

A former military brat, Julia Spencer-Fleming grew up in places as diverse as Montgomery, Rome, Stuttgart and Syracuse. A graduate of Ithaca College, George Washington University and the University of Maine School of Law, she took up writing while still a stay-at-home mother of two. During the time it took to finish her first novel, she got a full-time job at a Portland, Maine, law firm and had a third child. Julia didn’t want to write yet another lawyer-sleuth, so she used her army past and a keen eye for the goings-on at her Episcopal church to create Clare Fergusson, first female priest in the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill. The resulting series has won or been nominated for every American mystery award available, including the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Agatha. Her next book, Through the Evil Days, will be released in November, 2013.

Now happily quit of the law, Julia lives in the Maine countryside with three kids, two dogs and one husband. Learn more about her at

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Deborah Cummins

Deborah Cummins is the author of Here and Away: Discovering Home on an Island in Maine, a collection of personal essays published in 2012. Her previous books include three poetry collections: Counting the Waves, Beyond the Reach and From The Road It Looks Like Paradise. Her work has appeared in eight anthologies and more than sixty journals and magazines and has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “The Writers’ Almanac” multiple times and in the “American Life in Poetry” syndicated newspaper column edited by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.

The recipient of various fellowships and awards, Cummins was most recently the winner of the 2013 and 2012 Maine Literary Award in Short Works of Non-Fiction, awards given for her essays “Edges” and “Ebb and Flow,” both of which appear as chapters in Here and Away.

Active in numerous arts organizations, she is the past Chair of the Board of the Poetry Foundation. She and her husband reside in Chicago and Deer Isle, Maine.

More information is available at

Monday, July 8, 2013

Don't miss our special guests, Farmer Minor and his famous pig Daisy

Not everyone who comes to Books in Boothbay is an author. Two of our guests this year just love to read!

That's right, Farmer Minor and His Famous Pig Daisy will be at Books in Boothbay at 2pm on July 13. Daisy and Farmer Minor have performed “Pig Out on Reading” programs across the U.S. for over 10 years. We're excited to have them join us in Maine for just one part of our great day.

We'll see you on July 13!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

John McDonald

John McDonald is a professional storyteller who has been performing and entertaining audiences in the small towns and big cities of New England for decades. He is an author whose books include Maine Trivia, A Moose and a Lobster Walk into a Bar and Down the Road a Piece: A Storyteller's Guide to Maine. He writes a weekly humor column that is published in many Maine newspapers. John is also the founder of the Maine Storyteller Festival and his talk show can be heard each weekend on WGAN in Portland.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Martha White

Martha White is a writer and editor who lives on the coast of Maine. A longtime contributing editor to Yankee Publishing and The Old Farmer's Almanac, she also compiled two weekly columns for United Feature Syndicate for many years. Her articles, book reviews, short stories, and essays have been published in The New York Times; The Boston Globe; Christian Science Monitor; Early American Life, Country Journal, Down East; Garden Design, Maine Boats Homes and Harbors, and numerous other national magazines and small presses.

Her new book is E.B. White and Dogs, about her grandfather, the famed author.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Milton C. Van Vlack

Historian Milton C. Van Vlack is a retired high school history teacher and adjunct faculty member in the Connecticut State University system, specializing in American Revolutionary icons. He lives in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Read more about Milton in this recent article from the Boothbay Register.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sandra Dutton

Sandra Dutton has published six books for children, the latest, in June 2010, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth.  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.  Her musical, Just a Matter of Time, was produced as an Equity Showcase at the Sage Theatre, Times Square, New York City.  She and her husband have four grown sons, five grandchildren, and live on Dancing Lamb Farm near Catskill, New York.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Paul Doiron

Paul Doiron is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, including The Poacher's Son, which won the the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and a Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and the Maine Literary Award for "Best Fiction of 2010."

His second book in the Mike Bowditch series, Trespasser, won the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction, was an American Booksellers Association Indie Bestseller and has been called a "masterpiece of high-octane narrative" by Booklist.

The third novel in the series, Bad Little Falls, was a Bookscan Bestseller and is a nominee for the RT Reviewers Choice Award.

His new novel, Massacre Pond, is officially scheduled for release July 16, but Paul will have it on hand a few days early at Books in Boothbay. This will be your first chance to get an autographed copy before everyone else!

He is the editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, Down East Books, and A native of Maine, he attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He is a former member of the Maine Arts Commission and a current member of the Maine Humanities Council. Paul is a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and outdoor recreation and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Robert Atkinson

Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized authority in helping people tell their life stories. He is a pioneer in the development of the life story interview methodology and among the first to apply Joseph Campbell’s classic work on the mythological journey of the hero to contemporary personal mythmaking. His two books in these areas have been translated into Japanese, Italian, and Romanian and are widely used in various personal growth and life review settings.

He received his B.A. in philosophy and American Studies from Southampton College of Long Island University, and an M.A. in American Folk Culture from SUNY, Cooperstown. Then his journeys took him to the Hudson River and a series of transformative events, including: sailing on the maiden voyage of the Clearwater with Pete Seeger and his singing crew; attending the Woodstock music festival; living in a cabin in the woods near the Hudson River; visiting Arlo Guthrie at his farm in the Berkshires; having a synchronistic and fateful meeting with Joseph Campbell that became a mentoring relationship; being given a cell in a Franciscan monastery as a guest; and, returning to teach a course at Southampton College, all of which can be read about in his memoir of that period, Remembering 1969: Searching For the Eternal in Changing Times (2008).

He is professor of human development and religious studies, and director of the Life Story Commons at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books, including Latino Voices in New England (2009), an autobiography with Babatunde Olatunji, The Beat of My Drum (2005), The Life Story Interview (1998), and The Gift of Stories (1995). In previous books, he explored life stories from a psychological and cultural perspective. With Mystic Journey (2012), he explores the soul’s story, and the process of soul-making, from a multi-faith, eternal perspective.