Midcoast author K. Stephens and fourth-generation Maine lobsterman Ryan Post will join up to splice fact and fiction about the often mysterious subculture of lobster fishing Saturday, July 31 at Waterman’s Community Center, Main Street. Their North Haven Arts & Enrichment talk will begin 1 p.m.

Stephens’ novel, “The Ghost Trap,” is the haunting story of Jamie Eugley, a young lobsterman struggling with the grinding responsibilities of a head-injured fiancée and mounting trap wars. The novel was an award-winning finalist in the Literary Fiction category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

Accompanying Stephens will be Post, a rising voice of the lobster industry and creator of the educational DVD “Maine Buggin,” who will give the inside scoop on how lobster traps work, how invisible territory lines are drawn and why trap wars usually happen outside of the news.

“Most people looking at that lobster on their plate have no idea what goes into catching it,” said Stephens. “Back-breaking days, rich, colorful, intertwined relationships on the water and unwritten codes of conduct that go back some 200 years all play a part in Maine’s most iconic symbol.”

Working together, Stephens and Post stage an exciting presentation for those interested in the hard-working lifestyle that goes with Maine lobster fishing. A book signing will follow with copies of the novel and the DVD for sale. For more information, send e-mail to theghosttrap@gmail.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.