Monday, July 14, 2014

Thanks for another great year!

What an amazing turnout we had this past Saturday for the tenth annual Books in Boothbay: Maine's Summer Book Fair. Thanks to all of our authors and artists for coming out and to all of the wonderful readers who attending the morning and afternoon sessions.

We look forward to seeing you again next July for year number eleven!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Julia Spencer-Fleming

A former military brat, New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist 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 most recent book is Through the Evil Days.

Now happily quit of the law, Julia lives in the Maine countryside with her husband, daughter, and occasionally, a couple of college students. Learn more about her at

Come meet Julia Spencer-Fleming THIS SATURDAY at the tenth annual Books in Boothbay Festival!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Anne Robinson Dolan

Magical summers spent ‘way Downeast with her four children have informed and inspired the writings of Anne Robinson Dolan.  Formerly an editor and award-winning columnist for a Maine newspaper, she has switched her genre to books for children, both writing and illustrating her stories.  Utilizing her background as a journalist, graphic artist and elementary school teacher, she imbues her tales, be they fantasy or history, with a strong sense of place.  When she is not busy scribbling or sketching, she may be found on her Wiscasset garden, or traveling with her husband Howard Cederlund, well-know nature photographer.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Amy MacDonald

As an author, Amy MacDonald’s fifteen books for pre-school, elementary and middle-school children have won worldwide acclaim:  translated into 27 languages, they’ve topped the “Best Children’s Book” lists in three countries, been listed on a dozen Children’s Choice Award lists, and won or been short-listed for many major awards (Parents Choice Award, the Silver Stylus, Kate Greenaway, the Children’s Book Award, Oppenheim Platinum Award) and been chosen one of the Ten Best Children’s Books of the Year by the New York Times.

 As a freelance writer, her non-fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Times, and the Boston Globe as well as many magazines. Her documentary film On This Island was shown on PBS as part of the Independent Lens series and was nominated for a New England Emmy Award. She’s currently an associate editor for Teaching Artist Journal.

As a teacher, Amy has taught writing to all ages, from kindergarten to Harvard University. She has given school presentations and writing workshops across the U.S. as well as Europe and Africa. She is one of two writers who do Professional Development writing workshops  through the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’ National Partners in Education program.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tess Gerritsen

Trained as a medical doctor, Tess Gerritsen built a second career as a thriller writer. Her 24 novels include the Rizzoli and Isles crime series, on which the TV show "Rizzoli & Isles" is based.  Among her titles are THE SURGEON, ICE COLD, and THE SILENT GIRL, and LAST TO DIE.  Her books are translated into 40 languages and more than 25 million copies have been sold.  She lives in Maine.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Albert Waitt

Albert Waitt is a long time resident of Kennebunkport, Maine.  His short fiction has appeared in The Literary Review, Third Coast, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Words and Images, Stymie:  A journal of sport and literature, and other places.  Waitt is a graduate of Bates College and the Creative Writing Program at Boston University.  He teaches Creative Writing for the University of Phoenix.  He also coaches youth basketball and softball when not putting in the miles around town.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sandra Dutton

Sandra Dutton has published six books for children, the latest 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, six grandchildren, and live on Dancing Lamb Farm near Catskill, New York.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kelly Brooks-Bay

Kelly Brooks-Bay has written stories all her life. She has used stories to work with students and children as a school counselor. Kelly earned her Master's Degree in Counselor Education in 2008 at the University of Maine. The Rainbow Pants is her first published work, but she has written for many online publications. Kelly lives in Maine with her hardworking and supportive husband and three fantastic sons.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Jen Blood

Born and raised in midcoast Maine, Jen Blood is author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mystery series. She began her writing career as a freelance journalist and editor as an undergraduate at Goddard College, and continued in graduate school at the University of Southern Maine, where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing/Popular Fiction. She was arts editor of the campus Free Press, editor and ghostwriter for the business publisher Aspatore Books, and did transcription, editing, and copywriting for award-winning filmmaker Richard Searls. After grad school, she traveled the country, continuing to study the writing craft and taking whatever jobs she could get in the field of writing. That included editing for the aforementioned Aspatore books, ghostwriting for Hyperink Press, proofreading manga for Random House, and editing zombie erotica (about zombies, not for them) for a publishing house out of L.A. She is currently once again based in the midcoast, where she is hard at work on the next Erin Solomon novel, and runs Adian Enterprises, providing writing, editing, and related consulting services for independent and traditionally published authors. Yes, Jen Blood is her real name.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jayne Rowe Jones

Jayne Rowe Jones grew up in Bangor, Maine.  She has worked as a college admissions counselor and as an independent college advisor. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, two college-aged children, and her dog. She also has a lake house in Maine. This is her first novel.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lisa Jahn-Clough and Ed Briant

Lisa Jahn-Clough has been in the field of children's literature for many years as an author, illustrator and professor. She has published over sixteen titles, including the picture books LITTLE DOG, MY FRIEND AND I and ALICIA HAS A BAD DAY, (which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year), and the young adult novels, COUNTRY GIRL/CITY GIRL, ME, PENELOPE and NOTHING BUT BLUE. Lisa grew up in Brunswick, Maine and now divides her time between southern New Jersey where she is full-time professor of writing for children and young adults, and Portland. The Green Light reader series, PETAL AND POPPY is her latest endeavor and first collaboration with her husband, Ed Briant.

Ed Briant began his career as an editorial illustrator and comic artist in London and made his foray into children's literature after moving to the US in the late-90's with his first illustrated book, PAPER PARADE. He has gone on to both write and illustrate his own books as well as to write young adult novels. Some of his titles include, DON'T LOOK NOW, IF YOU LIVED HERE YOU'D BE HOME BY NOW and I AM (NOT) THE WALRUS,  He is the illustrator and co-creator of the Publisher's Weekly comic strip, 'The Slush Pile.'  Ed teaches illustration and creative writing in southern New Jersey and spends his summers in Portland.  The Green Light reader series, PETAL AND POPPY is his latest endeavor and first collaboration with his wife, Lisa Jahn Clough.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Paige W. Pendleton

Paige W. Pendleton is the author of The Keeper and the Rune Stone and The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice, and Star of Wonder.  She lives in Rockport, Maine, with her husband Richard and daughters.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Kate Flora

Award-winning mystery and true crime writer Kate Flora is the author of 14 books, including the true crime story Death Dealer and the novel And Grant You Peace, both forthcoming in the fall of 2014. Her book Finding Amy (true crime), co-written with a Portland, Maine deputy police chief, was a 2007 Edgar Award nominee.  Kate’s other titles include the Thea Kozak mysteries and the starred-review Joe Burgess police series, the third of which, Redemption, won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.

A former assistant attorney general in the areas of battered children and employment discrimination, Kate is a founding member the New England Crime Bake and Maine Crime Wave conferences, a founder of Level Best Books where she worked as an editor and publisher for seven years. She has served as international president of Sisters in Crime. When she’s not riding an ATV through the Canadian woods or hiding in a tick-infested field waiting to be found by search and rescue dogs as research for her books, she can be found teaching writing at Grub Street in Boston.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ken Trextor

Ken Textor has ranged the Maine coast by land and sea since the late 1970s. He is a contributing editor for Down East magazine and has been boating columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram, contributing editor for Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors and Country Journal, columnist for Popular Woodworker, and managing editor for Boating Digest. H

Ken began his writing career as a general assignment reporter for the Concord (NH) Monitor and was bureau chief for the Claremont (NH) Eagle-Times. He is the author of two previous books, Innocents Afloat (Sheridan House, 1993) and The New Book of SAIL Trim (Sheridan House, 1995).

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Francine McEwen

Francine McEwen, a resident of Manchester, Maine, is a retired manufacturing manager and training consultant who worked for many years at Digital Equipment in Augusta. Inspired by fond memories of a special-needs child, Francine wrote the children’s book Billy Big Ears and Bob the Bully based on her belief that all bullying starts with hurtful words—verbal abuse. She is a strong supporter of the “stand up against bullying” movement, and is frequently invited to speak to school classes and other groups. Billy Big Ears shows both sides of the issue and how kids could work together to eliminate it. When not writing or doing book signings and readings, Francine designs and delivers what she describes as “healing workshops” on topics that range from bullying to managing change.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bob Branco

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Bob Branco served in Navy destroyers and fleet operations staffs all over the world for more than 25 years. He retired in 1991 after working to plan the first Gulf War while on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He served as Commanding Officer of USS Molala (ATF-106) in Vietnam in 1972 and of USS Charles F. Adams DDG-2 in the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War in 1985. His naval service took him to 42 countries around the globe.

After working in government contracting for several years, he taught high school history and government before retiring to write mystery/suspense stories.  Bob and his wife, Tina, live in mid-coast Maine where he is currently working on his next book.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Betsy Sholl

Betsy Sholl served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011.  Her eighth collection of poetry, Otherwise Unseeable, winner of the Four Lakes Poetry Prize, was just published by the University of Wisconsin Press, 2014.   Previous books include Rough Cradle (Alice James Books), Late Psalm, Don't Explain (both from the University of Wisconsin Press), and The Red Line (University of Pittsburgh Press).  Her awards include the AWP Prize for Poetry, the Felix Pollak Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and two Maine Individual Artists Grants.  She’s been a visiting poet at the University of Pittsburgh and Bucknell University, and has read recently at Creighton University, the University of Virginia (Wise), and Holy Cross.  She was one of the founding members of Alice James Books.   Recent poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Image, Field, Brilliant Corners, The Massachusetts Review, Best American Poetry, 2009, Best Spiritual Writing, 2012.  She has taught in a variety of places from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to elementary schools and prisons.  Until recently she taught at the University of Southern Maine, and currently teaches in the MFA Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Gary Urey

Gary Urey is the author of Super Schnoz and the Gates of Smell, which Kirkus called in its starred review “…a winner, especially for reluctant readers.” Gary is also a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City where he has portrayed everything from a Shakespearean messenger to a mime trapped in a box on the subway. He puts his professional theatre training to good use every time he sits down to write funny stories for kids. Besides being an actor, Gary spent several years in the city as a theatre reviewer and script reader. He now lives and writes in Portland, Maine with his wife and two daughters. Super Schnoz and the Invasion of the Snore Snatchers—book two in the Super Schnoz saga—is scheduled for release this coming September.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Jessie Crockett

A nearly life-long resident of the Granite State, Jessie Crockett naturally adores black flies, 98% humidity, killing frosts in August and snow banks taller than the average grandmother. When not working on her next murderous adventure she enthusiastically combs the beach, designs bento lunches and throws parties. She delights in mentoring young writers at local schools. Jessie lives with her dark and mysterious husband and exuberant children in a village so small most other New Hampshire residents have never heard of it. Her debut mystery, Live Free or Die, was the 2011 winner of the Daphne DuMaurier Award for Mainstream Mystery.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mystery series. The most recent book, Boiled Over, was published in May 2014. The first book, Clammed Up was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction and was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel as well as the RT Book Reviews, Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Amateur Sleuth. 

Barbara is a co-editor/co-publisher at Level Best Books, which produces an award-winning anthology of crime and mystery stories by New England authors every November. “Bread Baby” in Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story. Barbara also blogs with a wonderful group of Maine mystery authors at Maine Crime Writers and with a group of writers of New England-based cozy mysteries at Wicked Cozy Authors.

Barbara’s first mystery novel, The Death of an Ambitious Woman, was published by Five Star/Gale/Cengage in August, 2010. In her former life, Barbara was a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of two successful start-ups in educational technology.

Barbara and her husband own the former Seafarer Inn at the head of the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. When they aren’t in Boothbay, she and her husband live in Somerville, MA.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Vicki Doudera

Local author Vicki Doudera writes page-turning mysteries grounded in a reality she knows all too well: luxury real estate. A top producing agent for Camden Real Estate Company and former Realtor of the Year, Vicki's Darby Farr Mystery series features a smart and savvy real estate agent solving crimes and making sales. Fifth and latest in the series is Deal Killer, a story described by reviewers as “twisty,” and “well-crafted.”

Vicki is also the author of the guide Moving to Maine, about to be released in a brand-new third edition, and several short stories, one of which was chosen in the recently published anthology Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War. She belongs to Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the National Association of Realtors. Find her on Facebook and at her website

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Chris F. Holm

Chris F. Holm’s work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011. His critically acclaimed Collector trilogy blends fantasy with old-fashioned crime pulp, and his forthcoming thriller THE KILLING KIND is about a man who makes his living hitting hitmen, only to wind up a target himself. Chris lives in Portland, Maine.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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." PopMatters named it to its Best Fiction of 2010 list. His second book, Trespasser, won the Maine Literary Award, was an American Booksellers Association Indie Bestseller, and has been called a "masterpiece of high-octane narrative" by Booklist. The third novel, Bad Little Falls, was a Bookscan Bestseller and a nominee for the RT Reviewers Choice Award and the Maine Literary Award. Massacre Pond, the fourth in the series, was an Indie Next pick and an Indie Favorite, as well as Bookscan Bestseller. The Bone Orchard will be published on July 15, 2014.

Paul is Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, having served as Editor in Chief from 2005 to 2013, before stepping down to write full time. 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. He is also a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine.

The Bangor Daily News named Paul one of its 12 Mainers to Watch in 2012.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Gerry Boyle

Gerry Boyle is a crime novelist based in Maine. Boyle is the author of a dozen novels, including the acclaimed Jack McMorrow mystery series, featuring ex-New York Times reporter Jack McMorrow and his social worker girlfriend Roxanne Masterson.

Boyle also is the author of a second mystery series featuring rookie Portland cop Brandon Blake. Boyle recently completed the 10th Jack McMorrow novel, ONCE BURNED (to be published by Islandport Press in May 2015), and a stand-alone crime novel set in Ireland, written in collaboration with his daughter, Emily Westbrooks.

A former newspaper reporter and columnist, Boyle is the editor of the alumni magazine of Colby College, his alma mater. He lives with his wife Mary in a small village on a lake in central Maine.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Megan Frazer Blakemore

Megan Frazer Blakemore is the author of Secrets of Truth & Beauty (Disney-Hyperion, 2009), The Water Castle (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2013), and The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill (Bloomsbury, 2014). The Water Castle was named Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2013, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and to the New York Public Library’s list of Titles for Reading and Sharing. It also received the Lupine Honor for 2014.

Megan has a B.A. from Columbia University, and an MLS from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She has over ten years’ experience as a librarian and has taught writing to students in elementary through graduate school.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Kevin C. Mills

Kevin C. Mills is a product of his own maritime history. His ancestors were privateers, shipbuilders, merchant mariners and lighthouse keepers. A love of the ocean and its history has been passed down from numerous Mills generations.

Mills is a native of Gorham, Maine and graduated from Gorham High School. He earned an English degree and a minor in Biblical Studies at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass.

After working extensively for the college newspaper, where he was a writer and sports editor,  Mills embarked on a career in sports journalism. He has worked for the The Boston Globe, the Portland Newspapers, the Lynn Daily Evening Item and the Lewiston Sun Journal. He has also free-lanced for a variety of other newspapers and magazines.

During his sports journalism career, he has been recognized on numerous occasions by the Maine Press Association and the New England Press Association. He has also been honored by the Maine Basketball Coaches Association and the Maine Intersholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

D. Allan Kerr

D. Allan Kerr's own stint in the U.S. Navy was highlighted by four years at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Guam (LPH 9), which took part in the invasion of Grenada and two tours off the coast of Beirut. He has since been employed as a dishwasher, deckhand, road crew laborer, factory worker, and newspaperman. He spent seven years unloading lobster boats on northern New England docks, including two years on an island off the Maine coast.

He is currently employed by the U.S. Treasury Department.

Kerr graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire and earned his master's degree from the school's graduate fiction program. He resides in Kittery, Maine, with his amazing wife, Nicole, and between them they have four challenging and remarkable children spanning two decades.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Paul Betit

A former Maine newspaperman, Mr. Betit is the author of three mystery-suspense novels featuring U.S. Army CID investigator John Murphy. His books include Phu Bai, Kagnew Station and the recently-published The Man In The Canal.

Mr. Betit worked as a general assignment reporter or as a sportswriter for nearly 39 years, including stints with the Kennebec Journal (1974-85) in Augusta and the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram (1985-2013). In 1991 and 1996, he received awards from the Maine Press Association for his sports features. He continues to cover high school, college and pro sports on a free-lance basis.

Mr. Betit lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Debbie. They have two sons. Recently, a grandson, Alexander, joined the family.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Patricia Hughes

Patricia Hughes has been looking for lost treasure for many years. She has written Lost Loot: Ghostly New England Treasure Tales and More Lost Loot: Ghostly New England Treasure Tales.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mark Scott Ricketts

Mark Scott Ricketts is a Maine-based, Arkansas-born writer/illustrator who has enjoyed national success in advertising, graphic novels, and comic books, including as author of several Iron Man comics. Ricketts published A Flatlander’s Guide to Maine with Islandport Press in 2013.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dylan R. Boyd

Dylan R. Boyd is an attorney as well as an author, practicing primarily criminal defense in southern Maine. He was born and raised in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where he attended school and spent summers working in the seasonal tourism industry. He attended the University of Vermont and earned a degree in English before returning to Maine to attend the University of Maine School of Law. During his time in law school, he published an article in the Maine Law Review and served as the journal's Executive Editor. He now lives with his wife near Portland and is working on a new crime novel.

His debut novel, Blue Lobster, is now available online and at select Maine retailers. Visit for more information.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Richard Shain Cohen

Richard Shain Cohen of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is originally from Boston. He retired from the University of Maine at Presque Isle after serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of English. He holds B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.

He served as editor of the journal Husson Review and was principal participant in a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for “Images of Aroostook” that was exhibited throughout the State of Maine. His own publications include: Healing After Dark: Pioneering Compassionate Medicine at the Boston Evening Clinic (2011), The Forgotten Longfellow: Man in the Shadows (2010), Only God Can Make a Tree, poetry from himself and his brother, Alfred Robert Cohen; and the novels Our Seas of Fear and Love, 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.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Laurel Ericson

Laurel Ericson, author of the young adult novel Katherine Elizabeth, Full of Grace, is intrigued by the mysteries of historical events. Having the time to commit this ancestral story to paper, now that her two daughters are grown and the family business has been sold, is the culmination of a thirty year old dream.

Laurel is happiest when she is planning an adventure, especially to places with new sights and sounds. When she is not in the navigator’s seat, with a map on her lap, she resides with her husband and an old gray cat on a lake in midcoast Maine.

Come meet Laurel and other Maine authors at Books in Boothbay on July 12!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

George C. Daughan

George C. Daughan holds a Ph.D. in American History and Government from Harvard University and is a recipient of the 2008 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature for his book If By Sea. Daughan spent three years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, and was an instructor at the Air Force Academy and director of the MA program in international affairs there. He also taught at the University of Colorado, the University of New Hampshire, Wesleyan University, Connecticut College, and Harvard University. He resides in Portland, Maine.

Come meet George Daughan and other Maine authors at Books in Boothbay on July 12!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Amy Fecteau

Amy Fecteau grew up in the wilds of suburbia, along with a younger sister and brother. As a child, Amy wanted to be a doctor-farmer-princess, but unfortunately the market for doctor-farmer-princesses just isn’t what it used to be. Also, Amy was born in the United States, severely limiting her chances to become royalty.

Amy wrote her first story at age twelve, the stirring tale of friendship and witch burning.  She was cruelly robbed of first place in the district writing contest, although it’s not like she’s still bitter about that or anything.

Amy lives in southern Maine. She collects keychains, owns a cat (named CAT) and creates eclectic art in her spare time. Currently, she is studying computer science. She blames her love of sarcasm and snark on her large, strange, wonderful family.

Come meet Amy Fecteau and dozens of additional Maine authors and artists at this year's Books in Boothbay festival!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Fred Kaplan

Fred Kaplan, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Lincoln, returns with John Quincy Adams, an illuminating biography of one of the most overlooked presidents in American history—a leader of sweeping perspective whose progressive values helped shape the course of the nation.

Come meet Fred Kaplan and dozens of additional Maine authors at this year's Books in Boothbay festival!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Elizabeth Garber and Michael Weymouth

Elizabeth W. Garber, 2006 Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine, is the author of three books of poetry, True Affections: Poems from a Small Town (2012), Listening Inside the Dance (2005) and Pierced by the Seasons (2004). Three of her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. Maine (Island Time) (2013) is a collaboration of paintings and photographs by Michael Weymouth with Elizabeth’s poetry and interviews. For more information, her website is

Painter and photographer Michael Weymouth was born and raised in Maine. He left in 1960 to attend art school in Boston and presently presides over a 30-person branding design firm with offices in Boston and San Francisco. He lives in Hingham, Massachusetts, with his wife Peggy. Michael retains firm roots around Penobscot Bay, the subject of his collaboration of photographs and paintings in Maine: A Shared View with poems and interviews by Elizabeth Garber; and also in the wilderness near Moosehead Lake where he is working on a book of photography and poetry. His book, How Photography Can Make You a Better Painter, encourages artists to use their digital cameras to create more effective resource photos for their paintings.

Come meet Elizabeth, Michael and dozens of additional Maine writers and artists at this year's Books in Boothbay festival!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Meg Wilson

Meg Wilson is author of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist, Mourning Dove.

Meg is also author of the middle-grade novel, Crappy New Year. She is currently writing an adventure memoir about the Appalachian Trail called Wander Women. Meg lives in southern Maine with her family and enjoys spending time on the ocean. Please visit for Meg's blog and more.

Come meet Meg Wilson and dozens of other Maine authors at this year's Books in Boothbay festival!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Andrew Vietze

The former managing editor of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, Andrew Vietze is the bestselling author of eight books, including the critically acclaimed Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism (Globe Pequot, 2012) and Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America's 26th President (Down East, 2010).

Boon Island won a gold medal at the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards, was a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist in 2012, and is the subject of an episode of the Travel Channel's “Monumental Mysteries” series airing this summer. Actors will potray Captain John Deane and the crew of the doomed Nottingham Galley.

Becoming Teddy Roosevelt also won an IPPY, was a Book of the Year Finalist in 2010, and was the inspiration for Coastal Maine Botanical Garden's new program for middle schoolers, the Lunder New Naturalists. The book was formally honored by decree of the Maine State Legislature in 2010, hailed as “symbolic of the spirit and unique character of Maine.”

Vietze got his start at the Maine Times in the early 1990s, and, in addition to his books, he's written for a wide array of publications, including the New York Times's LifeWire,'s Forecast Earth, Crawdaddy, Time Out New York, Explore, Big Sky Journal, AMC Outdoors,, and American Songwriter.

A Registered Maine Guide, Vietze splits his time between an old farmhouse in Appleton, Maine, and a cabin in the woods of Baxter State Park, where he works as a seasonal ranger.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sharon Lee

Sharon Lee writes science fiction, fantasy, and mystery; she's cohabited the Liaden Universe® with Steve Miller since 1988, making occasional forays out into other universes.  Steve and Sharon's 21st joint effort, Trade Secret, is a Bookscan and Locus Magazine bestseller. Sharon has also written the Archers Beach Trilogy: Carousel Tides, Carousel Sun, and Carousel Seas; as well as mysteries Barnburner and Gunshy.  In a previous life, she was successively executive director, vice president, and president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  Her awards include the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (aka the "Skylark,") the Hal Clement Award for Best YA Science Fiction, and the Prism Award for Best Futuristic Romance.  Sharon's website is:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Steve Miller

Steve Miller is a long time Science Fiction fan, librarian, and award-winning SF writer who shares the Liaden Universe® with Sharon Lee. He was founding Curator of the UMBC SF Collection, and began publishing SF professionally in the 1970s. He has participated in hundreds of Science Fiction conventions as Guest of Honor, panelist, publisher, artist, convention runner, and writing workshop instructor. Locus magazine bestseller Trade Secret is the most recent of 22 novels. His awards include the Skylark Award, the Hal Clement Award, and the Prism Award. Steve lives in Winslow, Maine, with his wife and writing partner, Sharon Lee.

Steve Miller and dozens of other Maine authors will appear at this year's Books in Boothbay. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Al Lamanda

Al Lamanda was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. He worked for many years as a private investigator and crime prevention specialist. His novel Sunset was nominated for the Edgar Award for best mystery novel of 2012.

Meet Al Lamanda and dozens of additional Maine authors at this year's Books in Boothbay festival!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dorothy Cannell

Dorothy Cannell is the author of mystery novels and numerous short stories, including the award-winning Ellie Haskell mystery series. Born in Nottingham, England, she came to the U.S. in 1963. She married Julian Cannell, and lived in Peoria, Illinois, from 1965 to 2004. They now reside on the Maine coast with their dog Teddy and a cat named Killer. They have four children.

Dorothy traces her writing aspirations to the English 110 course she took at Illinois Central College. Her instructor encouraged her to write for publication. Seven years later, she sold her first short story. She has since published 18 novels.

In addition to the U.S. and the United Kingdom, Dorothy's books are sold in Japan, Germany, Italy, Russia and Ukraine.

Her short stories have been published in a variety of anthologies and magazines.  Several have been nominated for the Agatha award.  "The Family Jewels" won in 1994.

Dorothy is a member of Mystery Writers of America, American Crime Writers, and Sisters in Crime.

Come meet Dorothy Cannell and dozens of other Maine authors at this year's Books in Boothbay festival!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cynthia Lord

Cynthia Lord is a former elementary and middle-school teacher and the children's book author of Rules, Touch Blue, and her newest novel, Half a Chance. She is also the author of the Hot Rod Hamster series, illustrated by Derek Anderson, including the new Hot Rod Hamster Monster Truck Mania, all published by Scholastic. She lives in Brunswick, Maine with her family, a dog, a guinea pig, and two bunnies. You can visit her at

Come meet Cynthia Lord and dozens of other Maine writers at this year's Books in Boothbay festival!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Katherine Mayfield

Katherine Mayfield is a speaker on bullying and the award-winning author of Bullied: Why You Feel Bad Inside and What to Do About It, a guide to recovery for teens and adults who have been bullied.  Ms. Mayfield’s memoir, The Box of Daughter: Healing the Authentic Self, won awards in the 2012 New England Book Festival and Reader’s Favorite Awards, and was nominated as a finalist in the 2013 Maine Literary Awards.  She has also published two books on the acting business: Smart Actors, Foolish Choices and Acting A to Z, both published by Back Stage Books; a book of poems, The Box of Daughter & Other Poems; and the Kindle book, Dysfunctional Families: The Truth Behind the Happy Family Facade.

Ms. Mayfield appears regularly with the Portsmouth Athenæum's Wednesday Writers' Series in Portsmouth, NH.  She teaches writing workshops and classes in Maine, and blogs on Dysfunctional Families on her website,'

Come meet Katherine Mayfield and dozens of additional Maine authors at this year's Books in Boothbay festival!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Christopher Lockwood

Christopher Lockwood loves tennis and would bring used tennis balls home to Fannie, his chocolate Labrador Retriever, who was the inspiration for this story. When his children were younger, he enjoyed reading bedtime stories to them, but sometimes he fell asleep reading the longer stories. The kids would call downstairs, “Mom, Dad fell asleep again.” It’s fitting that his first children’s book is lighthearted and very short! He lives in Hallowell, Maine with his wife Cindy, and Lucy, his yellow Lab, and Nixon, his orange and white cat, who both enjoy playing with tennis balls. He has four adult children and eight grandchildren.

Come meet Christopher Lockwood and dozens of additional Maine authors at this year's Books in Boothbay festival!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

John R. Cobb

Author of “Judith: A Quoddy Tale” and “Tales of the Cemetery Trees”, John R. Cobb is a proud Mainer with a great affection for the woods and waters. John and his family reside in Holden, Maine. Feel free to visit his website at

Come meet John and dozens of other Maine authors at this year's Books in Boothbay!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Jean Flahive

Jean Flahive, who has a lifelong interest in the Civil War and Maine history, has taught college classes, served as a dean of students at a community college, and has worked as a grantwriter for numerous non-profits. She's the author of Billy Boy, The Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine, Railroad to the Moon, Elijah’s Story, Remember Me, Tomah Joseph's Gift to Franklin Roosevelt, which won the Moonbeam Gold Award for Best Multi-Cultural Children's Picture Book in 2009, and The Galloping Horses of Willowbrook, which was a finalist in the 2012 Maine Literary Awards.

Come meet Jean and dozens of other authors at this year's Books in Boothbay!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

James Hayman

Here's another Books in Boothbay author announcement!

After twenty-five years writing advertising for Madison Avenue ad agencies, James Hayman moved from New York to Portland, Maine in 2001. Recognizing that Portland would make an almost perfect setting for a thriller series, Hayman started writing his first Mike McCabe thriller, The CuttingThe Cutting was published by St. Martin’s/Minotaur  in 2009. The second McCabe novel, The Chill of Night, came out last year.  Both books have been published all over the world and have been translated into half a dozen languages. Hayman’s third thriller, Darkness First, which takes place in Downeast Maine and features McCabe’s partner, Detective Maggie Savage was published as an ebook by Harper Collins in October and in paper on March 25, 2014.