Lee Smith, author of “Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-eyed Stranger,” will present a book reading and signing following a wine reception Monday, Aug. 16 at Blueberry Cove Camp, 22 Blueberry Cove Road off Hart’s Neck Road. The St. George Summer Literary Series program will being 5 p.m.

Smith is the author of 12 novels including “Oral History,” “Saving Grace” and “Fair and Tender Ladies” plus three collections of short stories. Her novel “The Last Girls” was a New York Times bestseller as well as a winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

A retired professor of English at North Carolina State University, Smith received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. Other awards include the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, the Robert Penn Warren Prize for fiction and two O. Henry Awards.

This free, public event is part of the 2010 St. George Summer Literary Series, a program of the Jackson Memorial Library. For more information, call 372-8961 or visit JacksonMemorialLibrary.org.

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