On Sunday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon, Rockport author Fran Hodgkins will autograph copies of three of her books, with proceeds from book sales to be donated to the Maine Protected Resources Fund. The book signing will take place in the Marine Tent of the Maine Lobster Festival in Harbor Park.

Hodgkins will be autographing “Andre the Famous Harbor Seal,” “The Orphan Seal” and “The Whale Scientists.” All three books involve themes of threatened marine mammals in Maine. “The Orphan Seal” received the Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Lynda Doughty, Marine Mammal Strandings Coordinator for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, will be hand to give out information on the proposed Maine Marine Mammal License Plate. The fee for the specialty plate, $25, will help support the mission of the Maine DMR’s Marine Mammal Strandings Program, which is dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals through response and rescue of distressed, sick, injured and orphaned marine mammals; research; and educational activities for students and the general public. When 2,000 signatures are collected, the State Legislature will be asked to approve the new license plate.

For more information on the book signing or the Marine Mammal License Plate, call Doughty at 592-3591 or send e-mail to lynda.doughty@maine.gov.

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