2021 Maine Authors Book Festival on August 28th
August 11, 2021
Thomaston, ME—Maine Authors Publishing will be hosting their second annual book festival on August 28th, 2021, from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., at 12 High Street in Thomaston. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to support the Maine Humanities Council’s Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book.
Forty-nine authors will be in attendance to sign and sell their books. The event will also include a children’s area hosted by the Coastal Children’s Museum, presentations, raffles, live music by Owen Marshall & Alden Robinson, and sandwiches for sale from the Jersey Plate food truck
The festival is exclusive to Maine Authors Publishing authors this year, but the event hopes to expand in the future.
“We are thrilled to be able to host the book festival again after we had to cancel last year,” said Jane Karker, president of Maine Authors Publishing. “Part of our mission is to support the Maine literary community, and we look forward to collaborating with other publishers and independent authors as we expand the festival.”
There will be two slideshow presentations, one by author Don Reimer, and one by authors Jean Flahive and Donald Soctomah. From 11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m., author, birder, and photographer Reimer will present “Seen Anything Good? A Continuing Story.” Reimer will share photos and discuss his new book Seen Anything Good? which spans six decades of personal memories and observations across Maine. The book features a broad array of bird-related topics, from basic identification skills to bird ecology, behavior, migration, and conservation issues.
From 1:30–2:30 p.m., Flahive and Soctomah will present “The Life and Works of David Moses Bridges: I’ve known the canoe since it was still on the tree.” David Moses Bridges, who sought to revive and reinvent traditional Passamaquoddy arts, was the tribe’s most celebrated birch bark canoe maker. As a means to help preserve David’s legacy, Flahive and Soctomah coauthored The Canoe Maker and will share their magical tale of David and his young son practicing the ancient art and spirituality of building a traditional canoe.
Forty-nine authors will be in attendance to sign and sell their books:
Fiction authors: Claire Ackroyd (Murder in the Maple Woods), J.G. Breerwood (Sinking Dixie), Nancy Arey Cohen (Faraway Love),Geoffrey M. Cooper (Bad Medicine; Forever), Rowland Creitz (A Debt Too Dear; To Touch the Earth Again), Charlene D’Avanzo (Glass Eels, Shattered Sea; Secrets Haunt the Lobsters’ Sea; Demon Spirit, Devil Sea), Irene M. Drago (The Maine Point; Daughters of Long Reach),Kathy Eliscu (Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess),Bruce Fleming (Last Will & Punishment; Pressing Matters),Deborah Gould (Household; The Eastern, Book One: The Early Years; The Eastern, Book Two: Later On),Elizabeth Heminway (Tales from A Tuscan Mountainside),Rick Hobbs (Beyond Words; The Realm of Colliding Spirits),Kate Hotchkiss (On Harbor’s Edge, Book One:1912–1913),Norman R. Kalloch, Jr. (45th Parallel; A Long Way to Walk), Lynae Maxim (The Lure of Books and Other Stories),Christopher W. Morin (Rogue Plunder; The Rebel’s Wrath; The Besieged; A Tale of Life & War),Robert J. Ristino (The Illuminati Circle),Robert Spencer (Prospects; The Spinster’s Hope Chest), andDavid Treadwell & Anneka Williams (A Flash Fiction Exchange Between Methuselah and the Maiden).
Nonfiction authors: Phil Crossman (As the Crow Flies),Mimi Gough (From Fledgling to Flyer),Roger Greene (In the Company of Trees: The Empirical Forest),Hans Krichels (We Have Met the Enemy),Russie Lane (Snow Angels on the Moon),Vernita Leins (Fostering Marcel; Josie’s Story),Christopher W. Morin (Three Fab Felines; Three Labs a Lifetime),Don Reimer (Seen Anything Good?), andDavid C. Wilcock (Foreign Aid and Agricultural Development in Africa).
Memoir/Biography authors: Patsy Baldus (Love, Lutefisk, and Lemon Zest Sneakers),Wayne Myles Burton (Wayne’s War),Laurie Apgar Chandler (Through Woods & Waters; Upwards),Christopher Lockwood (Why the Cane?),Michael D. Skinner (My Life as a Non-Valedictorian), andTom Wells (Dear Mr. Wells).
Children’s book authors: Kelly Brooks-Bay (Sea Glass and the Lighthouse; The Rainbow Pants),R. Christian Crabtree (Spring House Jean Flahive & Donald Soctomah (The Canoe Maker),Pat Davidson Reef (David C. Driskell: Artist, Educator, Author; Bernard Langlais Revisited; Dahlov Ipcar / Artist),Christopher Lockwood (The Tennis Ball Trees),Nancy S. Remsen (In a Twinkling),Robert J. Ristino (Dogs vs. Aliens),Edith Schriever (Talos and the Yellow Suitcase),Karen St. Germain (Pardon Me, I’m Perfect),Judi Valentine (The Crystal Chain), and Robin Wade (The Adventures of Gwen Penguin).
Poetry authors:Lenice Cicchini (The Last Will and Testament of Palmira Sei), andCarolyn Locke (The Riddle of Yes; The Place We Become; Not One Thing; Always This Falling).
Gift book authors: Vickie Hughes Baron (Maine Fun Facts Word Search Puzzle Book), and John Dougherty(Always, Always, Lead with Love).
Maine Authors Publishing has been bringing local stores, readers, and writers together since 2009. As a cooperative-style publisher, their goal is to support local, independent authors throughout the publishing process with affordable services such as editing, design, printing, a trade catalog, distribution, and marketing assistance. Only a percentage of books are accepted under the Maine Authors Publishing imprint after they have been vetted for writing and design quality. For more information, visit www.MaineAuthorsPublishing.com.
The Maine Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit organization, uses the humanities—literature, history, philosophy, and culture—as a tool for positive change in Maine communities. The Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and programming arm of the Maine Humanities Council. For more information, visit www.MaineHumanities.org.
The book festival will be held at Maine Authors Publishing, 12 High Street, Thomaston, from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Parking will be available at the General Henry Knox Museum, please follow directional signs. The festival is open to the public, and admission is free. For more information, visit www.MaineBookFestival.com.
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Maine Authors Publishing
12 High Street, Thomaston, ME 04861