Edgecomb mystery author and antique dealer Lea Wait will be the featured speaker at a meeting of the Thomaston Historical Society Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Knox Farmhouse, 80 Knox St., and it is free and open to the public.

Wait will speak about how she became a writer and why she writes in two genres, including how she does the in-depth historical research that has distinguished her books from many others. In her Wiscasset books, for example, although her main characters are fictional, most of the supporting characters are real people who lived and worked in Wiscasset during the year the book is set and many of the events portrayed in her books really happened in Wiscasset.

“It is an honor to host this great Maine author at our society. We expect a huge turnout because Lea will bring us the best of two worlds – mysteries laced with history,” said THS Vice President Carol Achterhof.

Wait is the author of the Scribner’s Shadows Antique Print Mystery series featuring antique print dealer and community college professor Maggie Summer. Her books include “Shadows at the Fair” (a finalist for a best-first-mystery  Agatha), “Shadows on the Coast of Maine” (a Mystery Guild Editor’s Choice), “Shadows on the Ivy” (also a Mystery Guild selection) and “Shadows at the Spring Show.” Her next book, “Shadows of a Down East Summer,” will be published in 2011.

Lea also is the author of acclaimed historical novels for children age seven and older set in 19th-century Maine, including “Stopping to Home” (a “notable children’s book of 2001” by Smithsonian Magazine and the Bank Street College), “Sea Ward Born” (also a Bank Street College “notable book” and recommended by the International Reading Association), “Wintering Well” and “Finest Kind” (both praised by Kirkus Reviews).

Wait grew up in New Jersey and Maine and is an antique print dealer. She worked for AT&T in New York and New Jersey while she was raising four daughters, whom she adopted as a single parent. She now writes full time and is married to artist Bob Thomas.

The evening will begin with refreshments at 7 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting at 7:30 p.m. and culminating with Wait’s presentation at 7:40 p.m.

Incorporated in 1971, the Thomaston Historical Society was organized to collect, promote and preserve material that illustrates the history of Thomaston and to make it accessible for those who wish to study it. The society maintains and operates a museum of local artifacts at its headquarters, the Knox Farmhouse, the last remaining building from the original 18th-century General Henry Knox estate.

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