Coinciding with the Maine Lobster Festival, author K. Stephens will talk about the subculture of Maine lobster fishermen and sign copies of her novel “The Ghost Trap” Friday, Aug. 6 at 4 p.m. at The Reading Corner, 408 Main St.

Featured on MPBN’s “Maine Things Considered” and Time Warner Cable’s “Maine Street,” Stephens’ novel is the haunting story of Jamie Eugley, a young lobsterman struggling with the grinding responsibilities of a head-injured fiancée and mounting trap wars.

A resident of Maine for 16 years, Stephens credits her diverse experience as the background material for her novel.

“Only until I came to Maine,” she says, “and worked a bunch of crappy jobs, hung out with boat builders, fishermen, artists, sailors, freaks and geeks, did I find my perfect subject matter,” she said.

Her work on this novel spanned eight years with multiple lobstermen consulting on it including James Acheson, author of “The Lobster Gangs of Maine.” “The Ghost Trap” won several awards when it debuted last September including as a finalist in the Literary Fiction category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

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