The Maine State Library has introduced a searchable database of more than 500 Maine writers who lived from the 18th century to the present.

Most people know that Stephen King and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow are Maine writers. Both were born in Maine and both were educated in Maine. Their works, from “Under the Dome” to “Evangeline,” take place in Maine. But what else defines a Maine writer — who should be counted?

“We spread our net as widely as possible,” said Peggy O’Kane, Coordinator of Reference and Research. “The State Library has always collected the books of authors who live in Maine or who have strong connections to the state.”

Information on writers can be searched by browsing an A to Z list, by keyword, genre, or time period or a combination. O’Kane said the database is still a work in progress and people are invited to submit names of writers missed or to provide corrections to the information listed.

For more information, contact Dean Corner, Director of Reader and Information Services, at Maine State Library: 287-5604; dean.corner@maine.gov; or maine.gov/msl/.

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