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!

NONFICTION
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

FICTION
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

POETRY
Christian Barter

HOME & GARDEN
Lisa Colburn
Barbara Damrosch
Margaret Hathaway

CHILDREN
Katie Clark
Sandra Dutton
Tammy Meserve
Jennifer O'Connell

YOUNG ADULT
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 www.juliaspencerfleming.com.

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 www.deborahcummins.com

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 DownEast.com. 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.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross 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. This year's anthology is titled Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon. Blood Moon contains thirty-one tales from New England’s dark side written by the region’s most acclaimed, award-winning crime and mystery writers, plus several exciting new voices. Representing every kind of crime story–mysteries, thrillers, capers and cons, or a creepy walk down the paranormal garden path–the stories are as varied as the authors.

Barbara is also the author of the novel Clammed Up, first in a series of Maine Clambake Mysteries, which will be published by Kensington in September, 2013. In Clammed Up, Julia Snowden a young venture capitalist, returns to Busman's Harbor in mid-coast Maine to save her family's failing clambake business.

Barbara and her husband own the former Seafarer Inn at the head of the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Bill and Barbara no longer run the inn as a Bed & Breakfast. Barbara is notoriously not a morning person. They considered a Bed-and-Get-Your-Own-Damn-Breakfast, but there didn't seem to be much of a market.

Barbara is the 2013 co-chair of The New England Crime Bake. 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. When they aren’t in Boothbay, she and her husband live in Somerville, MA.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Barbara Damrosch

Barbara Damrosch has worked professionally in the field of horticulture since 1977. Presently she writes a weekly column for The Washington Post called A Cook’s Garden .She is the author of The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook (Workman Publishing, 2013), The Garden Primer:  Second Edition (Workman Publishing, 2008), and Theme Gardens (Workman, Revised Edition 2001).

During the 1991 and 1992 seasons she appeared as a regular Correspondent on the PBS series The Victory Garden.  In 1994 and 1995 she was the co-host the series Gardening Naturally on The Learning Channel. From 1979 to 1992 she owned and operated her own firm, Barbara Damrosch Landscape Design, in Washington, Connecticut.

She is now the co-owner, with her husband Eliot Coleman, of Four Season Farm, an experimental market garden in Harborside, Maine, which produces vegetables year-round, and has become a nationally recognized model of small-scale sustainable agriculture.

More information can be found on the website www.fourseasonfarm.com.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tammy Meserve

Tammy L. Richards Meserve lives in Edgecomb, Maine with her family. She enjoys hiking and camping and has seen several moose during her outdoor adventures. Meserve began working on her first children‘s book, There’s a Moose Loose in the Hoose! in 2007 and was thrilled to see it published in 2009. In 2012, There’s a Moose Loose at the Fair!, the second in her series of  “moose books” was published. She is currently at work on her third.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kate Flora

Kate Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine attorney general’s office. Deadbeat dads, people who hurt their kids, and employers’ acts of discrimination aroused her curiosity about human behavior. Her books include seven “strong woman” Thea Kozak mysteries and three gritty police procedurals in her star-reviewed Joe Burgess series. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, the latest of which is Blood Moon. Her true crime, Finding Amy, has been optioned for a movie.

When she’s not writing, or teaching at Grub Street in Boston, she’s in her garden, waging a constant battle against critters, pests, and her husband’s lawnmower. She’s been married 35 years to a man who still makes her laugh. She has two wonderful sons, a movie editor and a scientist, a lovely daughter-in-law, and four rescue “granddogs,” Frances, Otis, Harvey, and Daisy.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Jen Blood

Jen Blood is a freelance writer and editor, and author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mystery series. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine, and runs seminars and one-on-one tutorials on writing, online marketing, and social media for authors. Jen's fourth Erin Solomon novel, BEFORE THE AFTER, will be released in August.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cheryl Blaydon

Maine artist Cheryl Blaydon, best known for her seascapes in oil, has now published her second book, Island Odyssey. Come meet her at Books in Boothbay this July!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Linda Greenlaw

Linda Greenlaw lives on Isle au Haut, Maine. She is America’s only female swordfish boat captain and was featured in the book and film The Perfect Storm as well as in the Discovery Channel’s Swords: Life on the Line. Greenlaw is the author of three New York Times bestselling nonfiction books along with two mysteries and a cookbook. She is currently consulting on a fisheries development program in Kenya, where she is helping to design boats and train Kenyans on how to use modern gear and sustainable methods.

Her new book, Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother, is the dramatic story of perhaps the most unexpected of all of Greenlaw’s many adventures—becoming a mother.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Richard Rubin

Richard Rubin is the author of The Last of the Doughboys and the best-selling Confederacy of Silence. He has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, Parade, and New York.  He lives in New York and Maine.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Jennifer Gooch Hummer

Jennifer Gooch Hummer is the award-winning author of her debut novel, Girl Unmoored. She has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and major film studios. Her short stories have been published in Miranda Magazine, Our Stories and Glimmertain and she has continued graduate studies in the Writer’s Program at UCLA, where she was nominated for the Kirkwood Prize in fiction. She lives in Los Angeles and Maine with her husband and their three daughters.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Lisa Jahn-Clough

Lisa Jahn-Clough is the author/illustrator of numerous picture books (Alicia Has a Bad Day, My Friend and I, Little Dog, etc...) and author of young adult novels (Country Girl/City Girl, Me Penelope). Lisa was born on a farm to an artist mother and a zoologist father and grew up on the coast of Maine. She earned a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Emerson College. She has taught at Emerson College, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Hamline University, and the Maine College of Art. She is now a professor at Rowan University. Lisa also speaks to elementary, middle and high school students as a visiting author. She lives with her husband and their two dogs in a little, yellow house in Portland in the summer and across from a cornfield in southern New Jersey in the winter. Her most recent novel is Nothing But Blue. Visit you website at www.lisajahnclough




Saturday, June 1, 2013

Lisa Colburn

Lisa Colburn is the author of The Maine Garden Journal - Insider secrets from Maine people who love to put their hands in the dirt. 

She was born and raised in a rural community in extremely northern Maine where it seemed everyone gardened. Through the years and many careers, Lisa's “constant,” the one thing she was never without, was Gardening.

Lisa has been active in organizing garden education programs and frequently speaks on a variety of ornamental gardening topics. She has a passion for very tiny alpine plants and extremely large-leafed plants. Lisa's ornamental and food gardens expand yearly because "there are always new plants to try." There's no place she'd rather be than in her garden.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Margaret Hathaway

Margaret Hathaway is the author of the memoir The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese, the guides Living With Goats: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Backyard Herd and Food Lovers' Guide to Maine, and the cookbook, The Portland, Maine Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Casco Bay. A native of Wichita, Kansas, Margaret is a graduate of Wellesley College and spent time as a Fulbright scholar to Tunisia. She worked in book publishing and as a manager of New York City's famed Magnolia Bakery before settling with her husband, Karl Schatz, and their three daughters on Ten Apple Farm, a homestead in southern Maine where they tend dairy goats, assorted poultry, a large garden, and a small orchard.        

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Eric Dimbleby

Eric Dimbleby is a horror writer who was born and raised in Rhode Island. He moved to Maine 10 years ago and currently resides in Brunswick with his wife and three children. Eric has been published in dozens of anthologies in the US, Canada, and Australia. In 2012, Eric won the "Best Speculative Fiction" award from the Maine Writer's and Publishers Alliance, for his debut novel Please Don't Go. Eric's most recent novel is entitled The Klinik. For more information and for his complete list of works please visit www.ericdimbleby.com

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Katie Clark

Katie Clark lives in Brunswick with her husband, children and many assorted animals.  When she is not writing or tending to things at home, Katie works at Tri-County Literacy in Bath as the program coordinator of the Read With Me Family Literacy Program.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Walter Bannon

Walter Bannon, of Bridgton, Maine, has been writing songs and performing most of his life.  His songs opened doors to meet a US President and perform on the US Capitol steps.   They have also traveled the internet in support of child protection agencies.  His recording of Don’t Shake Jake is part of the shaken baby awareness program.  His Christmas song, I Wouldn’t Trade, plays across Cracker Barrel restaurants’ dining rooms during the holiday season. 

Walt’s first book, Digger Down, delighted antique bottle collectors as he shared stories of his digging adventures.  Digger Down was published by Publish America in 2005.  The White Pocketbook turns to the serious topic of his mother’s amazing path to survival during WWII while growing up in occupied Belgium.  While work on a music video is ongoing and a soundtrack has been released, Walt dreams of one day seeing a movie come from this survival story that parallels Anne Frank’s plight.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Maria Padian

Maria Padian is a young adult novelist who makes her home in Brunswick, Maine.  Her most recent book, Out of Nowhere (Knopf, 2013), is set in the imaginary town of Enniston, Maine, and is about the friendship that develops between a Somali refugee boy and a white Franco boy who are high school soccer teammates.  Out of Nowhere has received starred reviews from School Library Journal and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, and is one of the selections in this year's "I'm Your Neighbor" community read in Portland Maine.  Maria's other books for young adults include Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best (Knopf, 2011) and Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress (Knopf, 2008) , which was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and received a Maine Lupine Honor Award and a Maine Literary Award. To learn more about her, visit www.mariapadian.com or Maria Padian Books on Facebook.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Chris F. Holm

Chris F. Holm was born in Syracuse, New York, the grandson of a cop who passed along his passion for crime fiction. His work has appeared in such publications as Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2011. He’s been an Anthony Award nominee, a Derringer Award finalist, and a Spinetingler Award winner. His Collector novels, published by Angry Robot books, recast the battle between heaven and hell as Golden Era crime pulp. He lives on the coast of Maine with his lovely wife and a noisy, noisy cat.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lea Wait

Edgecomb author Lea Wait writes the Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, whose protagonist, Maggie Summer, is an antique print dealer and college professor.  The sixth in the popular series, SHADOWS ON A CAPE COD WEDDING, was published this spring.

Lea also writes acclaimed historical novels for ages 8-14 set in nineteenth century Wiscasset, which are on student choice award lists all over the country and have been praised for their authenticity and unique use of actual people who lived in small town Maine. The next of Lea’s books in this group, UNCERTAIN GLORY, set during the first two weeks of the Civil War, will be published in early 2014.

Lea grew up in Maine and New Jersey, worked at AT&T while raising the four daughters she adopted as a single parent, and is now married to artist Bob Thomas, who shows his work at the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta. She is also a 4th generation antique dealer who has been an antique print dealer herself since 1977. She blogs with other Maine mystery authors at www.mainecrimewriters.com, and invites readers to friend her on Facebook and check out her website at www.leawait.com

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

V. Paul Reynolds

V. Paul Reynolds is editor of the Maine Northwoods Sporting Journal and cohosts a weekly outdoors talk radio program, Maine Outdoors, on the Voice of Maine News-Talk Network. He also writes a self-syndicated weekly outdoors column for a number of Maine newspapers. His outdoor columns and photography have won a number of first place awards from the New England Outdoor Writers Association.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Kieran Shields

Kieran Shields grew up in Portland, Maine where he now sets his critically acclaimed series of historical novels. His new book, A Study in Revenge, is a gripping stand-alone mystery that follows the same investigators from his 2012 debut, The Truth of All Things. That first novel was recently featured as one of Target’s “Emerging Author” selections for February of this year. Kieran graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Maine School of Law. He lives in Bath with his wife and two children.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Amy Faircloth

Wicked Good is Amy Faircloth’s first published novel. Amy is a lawyer in Bangor, Maine.  She is on the Board of Directors of the Bangor Humane Society and RSU 22 (a school district encompassing Hampden, Winterport, Newburgh and Frankfort). She is on the steering committee for the Greater Bangor Bark for Life, a canine and kid-friendly fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  She is a copy editor for Telemachus Press, an independent press located in Florida.  She lives with her three dogs and two sons, and enjoys bicycling, walking in the woods and reading.

Written with her sister, and very loosely based on her life, Wicked Good is the story of a mother and her teenage son with Asperger’s Syndrome. Kirkus Book Reviews calls it “a funny, frazzled tale of extreme parenting,”

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Jennifer O’Connell

Jennifer O’Connell’s new picture book, The Eye of the Whale, brings to life the dramatic rescue of an entangled humpback whale and the profound connection she made with the four divers who risked their lives to free her.

To research The Eye of the Whale, Jennifer traveled to San Francisco, where she met Captain Mick Menigoz and rode his rescue boat, Superfish, to the site of the event. This experience fueled her inspiration as she created the images and words of this extraordinary story, which has been praised by famed anthropologist, Jane Goodall.

Jennifer O’Connell is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture book, Ten Timid Ghosts. She is the author of It’s Halloween Night! and the illustrator of A Garden of Whales, among others. A two-time recipient of the Christopher Award, Jennifer also creates illustrations for book covers and magazines.

She lives with her husband, Kevin, in Bethesda, Maryland, and speaks frequently about her books and her creative process. Visit her online at www.JenniferOConnellArt.com

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Paul Molyneaux


Born in 1958, Paul Molyneaux, grew up in Pennsylvania and spend most of his youth in the woods of Delaware, Montgomery, and Berks counties. At 17 years old he left home and went to sea as a commercial fisherman. In 2010, looking out from a wooded ridge on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, he said: “I realize now that the reason I went to sea was because it was the last wilderness. But here in these woods is where it all started.”

During his twenty-five year career on the water, Molyneaux worked in numerous areas: from fisheries development consultant to Native Peoples in Maine and Alaska, to harpooning swordfish on Georges Bank. After earning a degree in Fisheries and Marine Technology from the University of Rhode Island in 1985, he walked away from the industrial sector and fished from a dory (an ocean worthy rowboat) for ten years. In 1997 he earned a BA in Writing and Literature from Goddard College.

Since 1998 Molyneaux has been writing about the political, socio-economic, and environmental aspects of fisheries and aquaculture for The New York Times, National Fisherman, and other publications. He is the author of two books, The Doryman’s Reflection: A Fisherman’s Life (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2005), and Swimming in Circles: Aquaculture and the End of Wild Oceans (TMP, 2007).

As a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship winner, Molyneaux spent a year researching sustainable fisheries practices in India, Chile, Iceland and several other countries, and has a finished manuscript currently being prepared for publication.

The Barbarian Utopia will actually be Molyneaux’s fourth book. He and his wife and their two children split their time between Maine, and Sonora, Mexico (and more recently, the Appalachian Trail.)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Christian Barter


Christian Barter’s new book is In Someone Else’s House (BkMk Press, UMKC); his first book The Singers I Prefer (CavanKerry) was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize.  His poetry has appeared in journals including Ploughshares, The Literary Review, Epoch, Georgia Review and Poetry Daily and has been read on The Writer’s Almanac.  He has been a resident fellow at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony and a Hodder Fellow in poetry at Princeton.  He works on a trail crew in Bar Harbor and is an editor for The Beloit Poetry Journal.

Meet Christian Barter and dozens of other Maine writer's at this year's Books in Boothbay festival!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Janet Morgan

Janet Morgan was born and raised in Wiscasset, Maine. She received a BA in English from UMA while working full-time as a librarian at the Wiscasset Public Library. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime New England, the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and the Wiscasset Public Library Writing Group. She has three Killdeer Farm mysteries: Poetic Justice, Composted Tyrant, and Katahdin Drowning. Katahdin Drowning was published in 2013.

Meet Janet Morgan and dozens of authors at Books in Boothbay this summer!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

James S. Leamon

James S. Leamon grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and after two years in military service, graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.  He earned a PhD in American colonial history at Brown University in 1961.  After a brief stint teaching in Iowa and Pennsylvania, he returned to Bates in 1964 as a member of the history department teaching courses in early American history and historical archaeology until his retirement in 2000.  He has written articles, contributed chapters, and co-edited several books on Maine’s early history.  His book, Revolution Downeast: The War for American Independence in Maine (University of Massachusetts Press, 1993), won the New England Historical Association’s annual book award the following year.  In 2008, he received the Neal Woodside Allen, Jr. Award from the Maine Historical Society for outstanding contributions to Maine History.  His most recent publication is The Reverend Jacob Bailey: Maine Loyalist: For God, King, Country, and for Self (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012).  He lives in Casco, Maine, with his wife, Nicci, a historical and literary transcriptionist.


Come see James S. Leamon and 39 other Maine authors at Books in Boothbay on July 13th!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Darcy Scott

Darcy Scott is a live-aboard sailor and experienced ocean cruiser who’s sailed to Grenada and back on a whim, island-hopped through the Caribbean, and been struck by lightning in the middle of the Gulf Stream. Her favorite cruising ground remains the coast of Maine, however, and her appreciation of the history and rugged beauty of its sparsely populated out-islands serves as inspiration for her Maine Island Mystery Series, which includes 2012’s award-winning Matinicus and the newly released Reese’s Leap. Book three, Ragged Island, is currently in the works. Her debut novel, Hunter Huntress, was published in June, 2010 by Snowbooks, Ltd., UK.

Come see Darcy Scott and 39 other great authors at this year's Books in Boothbay festival!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Kathy Lynn Emerson / Kaitlyn Dunnett

Don't miss out on your chance to meet Kathy Lynn Emerson and so many other great authors at this year's Books in Boothbay festival!

Wilton resident Kathy Lynn Emerson is the author of forty-seven books in assorted genres. Currently she writes the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish-American Heritage Mysteries under the pseudonym Kaitlyn Dunnett (BAGPIPES, BRIDES, AND HOMICIDES is the sixth in the series), and non-mystery historical novels set in Tudor England as Kate Emerson (THE KING’S DAMSEL is the most recent). Under her own name she wrote ten Face Down mysteries, featuring Lady Appleton, a sixteenth-century gentlewoman, herbalist, and sleuth, as well as the Diana Spaulding 1888 Quartet. Two of the four book in the latter series, DEADLIER THAN THE PEN and LETHAL LEGEND, are set in Maine.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ellen Booraem

Here's another Books in Boothbay author announcement!

After 20 years of writing and editing weekly newspapers in coastal Maine, Ellen Booraem quit her day job to write fantasies for young teens. Her latest, TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD, will be out in August with Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers. It’s about a twelve-year-old South Boston boy who persuades a young banshee to help him stop the death she’s been sent to announce.  This involves visits first to middle school, then to the afterlife. Cell phones come into play. 

Ellen’s first book, THE UNNAMEABLES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008), was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Kirkus Reviews best book of the year, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Her second, SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS (Penguin/Dial, 2011), made “best of the year” lists for Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The Washington Post, and the Bankstreet Center for Children’s Literature.  A Massachusetts native, she lives in Brooklin with a painter, a dog, and a cat, one of whom is a practicing curmudgeon.  More information is available at www.ellenbooraem.com.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Katie Quirk

Katie Quirk (katie-quirk.com) is the author of A Girl Called Problem, a middle-grade novel set in Tanzania, East Africa. She is currently working on a book about raising her newborn son in India. The settings of Katie's books are reflective of her wanderlust. Katie has lived in India for four years, Tanzania for two, and France for one. Katie has an M.F.A. from Mills College and a B.A. from Haverford College. Originally from Washington state, she now lives in Orono, Maine, with her family.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Susan Poulin

Here's our third author for this year's Books in Boothbay!

Susan Poulin, once selected by Portland Magazine as one of the “Ten Most Intriguing People In Maine,” is the creative force behind the popular stage personality Ida LeClair. Poulin has been a leader in bringing a female voice to New England storytelling and humor, a genre historically dominated by men such as “Bert and I” and Tim Sample. She has produced five stage shows featuring Ida: “Ida: Woman Who Runs with the Moose,” “Ida’s Havin’ a Yard Sale,” “A Very Ida Christmas,” “The Moose in Me, the Moose in You,”  and her latest, “I Married an Alien,” and writes the popular Maine humor blog, Just Ask Ida. Poulin is the author of Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Linda Snow McLoon

It's time for another Books in Boothbay author announcement!

After retiring from careers as a maritime museum director and director of a living facility for retired women, Linda Snow McLoon finally had time for a writing project that was conceived back in her “horsey days.” Her interest in horses had continued from a horse-loving girl to, as an adult, competing in horse competitions, instructing young riders, and rescuing Thoroughbred race horses from the racetrack. Her first two young adult books for horse lovers, Crown Prince and Crown Prince Challenged, were published in 2012 by Trafalgar Square Books. They have been well received by horse lovers of all ages, and Linda hopes her late entry into the world of publishing will serve as an inspiration for other “late blooming” authors. She grew up in Maine’s Belgrade Lakes Region, and minored in writing at the University of Southern Maine. Linda and her husband, Richard McLoon, live in Portland, Maine with their Arkansas rescue dog, Brandy.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Jason C. Anthony

It's our first author announcement of 2013!

Jason C. Anthony was born in Boothbay, Maine in 1967, attended school and college in Massachusetts, and earned his MA in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire. Soon thereafter, he fled the warm world for Antarctica, where he worked in the United States Antarctic Program for eight austral summers as a Waste Management Specialist, Fuels Operator, Cargo Handler, Skiway Groomer, and Camp Supervisor. He filled his Antarctic notebooks with the raw material for lyric essays, essays, and articles, some twenty three of which have been published since he last left the ice in 2004. One Antarctic essay was selected for The Best American Travel Writing 2007, and another was a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2006. His essay Hoosh, published in the literary food journal Alimentum, became the base for his first book, Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine (University of Nebraska Press). In its review of Hoosh, the New York Times said that "Anthony is a fine, visceral writer and a witty observer." Hoosh has also been shortlisted for the Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards in the UK. For more on Hoosh, check out www.albedoimages.com/blog. Many of Jason Anthony's earlier Antarctic writings and photos are available at www.AlbedoImages.com. Jason now lives in midcoast Maine again with his wife, the singer-songwriter Heather Hardy.

Friday, February 22, 2013

We're back for year number nine!

That's right, Books in Boothbay is coming back this summer for our ninth fabulous year! Once again we'll be at Boothbay Railway Village on Saturday, July 13, 2013.

Invites have already gone out for this year's authors, and quite a few have accepted. We'll start announcing them here in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more information soon!