Four Maine authors, including two from the Midcoast, will discuss their Maine-set work Friday, June 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cary Memorial Library, 17 Old Winthrop Road. Free and open to the public, the event will feature author readings, a question and answer session and book signings.

The writers appearing are Rockland poet Carol Willette Bachofner, novelist Kevin C. Mills and historians Fran Houston and Rockland’s Eleanor Motley Richardson. The event will be moderated by Betsy Connor Bowen.

Bachofner, who grew up in York to come back to Maine after years of living in the arid climate of the California desert, has written two volumes of poetry: “Breakfast at the Brass Compass: Poems of Mid-coast Maine”; and “I Write in the Greenhouse.” Reviewers continually speak of how Maine’s landscape, the roll of its seasons and Bachofner’s passionate natural imagery imbue her work with an acute sense of place.

Richardson has summered in North Haven since she was 2 and in 1992 traveled around in a rowboat gathering stories from 90 families for “North Haven Summers.” It was reprinted in 2009 by popular demand. In 2002, she and her husband Peter were fortunate to retire to the proverbial cottage by the sea in Rockland, in a house built by his great-grandfather. Exploring her new neighborhood, she dug up some amazing history. She demonstrates how readers can enrich their daily lives by exploring their own neighborhood history in “Mechanic Street: Uncovering the History of a Maine Neighborhood.”

Houston lives on Peak’s Island, whence came the inspiration for her book of photographs and oral history, “For the Love of Peaks.” Mills is an award-winning journalist at the Lewiston Sun Journal who has written two books: a novel, “Sons and Daughters of the Ocean”; and a nonfiction work, “Sidelined.” Mills recently was named Best Author in the Portland Phoenix 2011 Readers Poll.

Wayne’s Cary Memorial Library is located downtown, just off Route 133. Extra parking is available across the street at the Wayne Community Church. For more information, call 685-3612.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to