Bound for the Beach
Lincolnville Beach — In the summers of 2011 and 2012, downtown Belfast became a literary magnet, thanks to the Belfast Bound Book Festival. The three-day, multi-venue fest was organized by Nanette H. Gionfriddo, who moved her Beyond the Sea shop of art, books and more from Belfast to Lincolnville Beach last year.
The festival is back, reconfigured for the roomy, two-story Beyond the Sea on Route 1 and renamed the Beyond the Sea Book Festival. It will run Friday through Sunday, July 25 through 27. Book signings will be on the ground floor, while talks and presentations will be upstairs in the art gallery. For the complete schedule, including information on every one of the 30 authors taking part, visit beyondtheseamaine.com.
All of the authors are from, or living in, Maine and they include Camden’s Tess Gerritsen, one of the best-selling authors on the planet; she will sign her two most recent books Saturday afternoon. Gerritsen is not the only local in the bunch; other Midcoast authors participating include Chris Fahy, John Ford Sr., Kay Stephens, Jen Wixson, Kevin Mills, Liza Gardner Walsh, Rebecca Sawyer-Fay and Eric Green. Some are published by traditional book purveyors, while others are self-published. That growing trend will be explored Friday evening when the fest’s first day will be capped by a presentation on independent publishing by Jane Karker, founder of Maine Author’s Publishing of Rockland; there is many a MAP book represented in the weekend’s lineup. Other presentations Friday include an illustrated lecture on “The Art of Katahdin,” by author David Little; a music and humor presentation by Brian Daniels, author of “Thoughts of an Average Joe”; and more.
Saturday will feature book binding/restoration demonstrations all day by Abraham A. Schechter, special collections librarian and archivist at the Portland Public Library. Schechter, author of “Basic Book repair Methods,” has offered to restore as many books from local libraries, and festival attendees, in need of repair/restoration that he can. Other presentations include a talk and discussion on addiction by Dr. Steven Kassels, author of “Addiction on Trial, Tragedy in Downeast Maine”; an illustrated talk by Mac Smith on “Mainers on the Titanic”; and more.
Young Adult literature predominates Sunday, including readings and signings. Walsh will lead an afternoon series of children-oriented events including a treasure hunt, fairy house kits and a visit from animal rescue P.A.W.S. Also presenting is Maine’s own “cozy” star Lea Wait, who will present and then sign her Antique Print mystery series for adults, as well as her new Young Adult release.
There is no admission charge for the Beyond the Sea Book Festival. Following is the schedule of events; see the website for more details on each. Early arrival for upstairs presentations is suggested as seating is limited.
Friday, July 25
10 a.m. to noon: Book signing by Ginny Wright.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Book signings by V. Paul Reynolds and John Ford Sr.
Noon to 2 p.m.: Reading, talk and signing by Maine columnist and outdoor enthusiast George Smith (upstairs); book signings by Eric Green and Van Reid.
1 to 3 p.m.: Book signings by K. Stephens and Christopher Fahy.
2 to 4 p.m.: Illustrated talk by David Little (upstairs); book signings by Jim Witherell, and Marilyn Moss.
4 to 6 p.m.: Presentation and signing by Brian Daniels (upstairs).
6 to 7:30 p.m.: Talk by Jane Karker.
Saturday, July 26
10 a.m. to noon: Talk on privateers and maritime history, signing by Kevin Mills (upstairs).
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Book signings by R. deVillers Seymour and Dorothy Cannell.
11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Book restoration by Abraham A. Schechter.
Noon to 2 p.m.: Presentation by Dr. Steven Kassels (upstairs); book signings by Jen Wixson, Kaitlyn Dunnett (aka Kathy Lynn Emerson) and Kate Flora.
1 to 3 p.m.: Book signings by Dr. Tess Gerritsen and Cathie Pelletier.
2 to 4 p.m.: Presentation by Mac Smith (upstairs).
Sunday, July 27
10 a.m. to noon: Book signing by author Rebecca Sawyer-Fay and photographer Lynn Karlin.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Reading, Q&A, signing by Genevieve Morgan (upstairs).
Noon to 2 p.m.: Book signings by Elaine Gerard, Jayne Jones and Kelly Bay.
Noon to 4 p.m.: Signings, discussion, activities and more with Liza Gardner Walsh.
1 to 3 p.m.: Talk, Q&A and signing by Lea Wait (upstairs); signing by Mark Ricketts.
2 to 4 p.m.: Book signing by Brenda Sturgis.