Eight Maine authors will meet the public and talk about their books during the Yule Revel Friday, Dec. 10 from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the downtown Penobscot Marine Museum. The free holiday event also will feature a photography exhibit; stories and crafts for children; refreshments; and the lighting of the Town of Searsport’s official holiday tree.

Reflecting Maine’s diverse literary traditions, books and authors at Yule Revel cover a range of subjects and genres. There will be books for children; books of history, crafts, fine arts and natural history; and, of course, books about boats and ships.

On hand will be historian William Bunting, author of “Live Yankees: The Sewalls and Their Ships”; children’s author Mary Morton Cowan, author of “Captain Mac: The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer”; painter Loretta Krupinski, whose work is showcased in “Looking Astern: An Artist’s View of Maine’s Working Waterfronts”; sea glass expert C.S. Lambert, author of the “Sea Glass Hunter’s Handbook”; marine photographer Benjamin Mendlowitz and boating writer Maynard Bray, who collaborated on “The Book of Wooden Boats, Vol. III”; yacht designer Chuck Paine, author of ” My Yacht Designs — And the Lessons They Taught Me”; and naturalist Catherine Schmitt, author of “A Coastal Companion: A Gulf of Maine Almanac.”

A photography exhibit will include works by Mendlowitz as well as selections from this year’s “Then and Now” exhibit of local scenes from the museum’s historical photography archives, side-by-side with those same scenes as they appear today, shot by local middle school and high school students.

Children will enjoy storytelling with museum staff and will have an opportunity to make a tree ornament to bring home with them. Hot cocoa, cider and other refreshments will be served by Bangor Savings Bank. The lighting of the town’s tree on the museum’s front lawn will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Penobscot Marine Museum is Maine’s oldest maritime museum and home to outstanding collections of historic boats and photography, ship models, marine art and artifacts. For more information, visit PenobscotMarineMuseum.org or call 548-2529.

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