The Maine Authors Book Festival will be held August 27 in Thomaston


Maine Authors Publishing is set to hold its third annual Book Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at 12 High St. in Thomaston.

Forty-nine authors will be present to sign and sell their books. The event will also include a children’s zone hosted by the Coastal Children’s Museum, presentations, raffles, live music from Castlebay, sandwiches for sale at the Jersey Plate food truck and ice cream from Stone Fox Farm Creamery, according to a book publisher’s press release.

The festival is exclusive to Maine Authors Publishing authors this year, but event organizers hope to expand in the future.

“We are thrilled to be able to host the book festival for the third time,” said Jane Karker, president of Maine Authors Publishing. “Part of our mission is to support Maine’s literary community, and we hope the festival will continue to grow and evolve.”

There will be two slideshows, one by children’s author Laurence H. Leavitt, and the other by author and wilderness paddler Laurie Apgar Chandler.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Leavitt will present “Join Ada Bea McC. on a Downeast adventure!” The presentation will include a slideshow of Ada Bea’s Downeast Adventure, paired with the audiobook narrated by Jennywren Walker and featuring the voice of Maine comedian Tim Sample.

Music by award-winning singer-songwriter Kathleen Regan with her song “Coast of Maine” is also featured. Afterwards, the author will briefly discuss the writing process and will be available for a Q&A session.

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Chandler will present “Writing the Experience and Spirit of Place.” Chandler will share photographs of his long canoe trips in the northern woods, chronicled in his inspiring memoir. People can learn how Chandler turned a lifelong love of nature and books into a career as a writer. After soloing the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, she wrote “Upwards”, followed by “Through Woods & Waters: A Solo Journey to Maine’s New National Monument”.

Hers are stories of shared discovery, highlighting the region’s rich history and natural wonders.

Forty-nine authors will be present to sign and sell their books:

Fiction writers: Claire Ackroyd, William Anthony, JG Breerwood, Nancy Arey Cohen, Geoffrey M. Cooper, Rowland Creitz, Charlene D’Avanzo, Irene M. Drago, Kathy Eliscu, Bruce A. Fleming, Amelia Garretson-Persans, Deborah Gould , Elizabeth Heminway, Norman R. Kalloch Jr., Christopher W. Morin, Addison Wentz and Richard Wile.

Non-fiction writers: Mary S. Build, Roger H. Greene, Hans Krichel, Vernita Leins, Don Reimer, June Vail, David C. Wilcock and Sally Williams.

Authors of memoirs/biographies: Wayne Myles Burton, Judith Perry Carpenter, Laurie Apgar Chandler, Bethany Lynne Davis, Mimi Gough and Christopher W. Morin.

Children’s Authors: Kathleen Murray-Allain, Betsey Anderson, Mary Atkinson, Rae Chalmers, Gail Clark, Didi Cooper, Sandra Dunham, Peter and Deborah Emery, Kristy Lageroos, Laurence H. Leavitt, J. Philip Miller, Pat Davidson Reef , Edith Schriever, Susan A. Starr, Judi Valentine, Janet Williams and Margaret Gousse.

Poetry Writers: Ellen Goldsmith and Betsy Headley.

Gift Book Authors: Vickie Hughes Baron, Deborah Gould and Susan A. Starr.

Parking will be available at the General Henry Knox Museum; follow the directional signs. The festival is open to the public and admission is free.

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