The Cushing Historical Society’s Arts in the Barn series will focus on local authors in “Cushing Authors and Their Books.” Each summer weekend, one or two local artists display their works for Arts in the Barn. This show is markedly different: almost two dozen Cushing authors, both year-round and summer residents, will display and sell their books.

The weekend event will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, July 22 and continue 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24 in the society’s barn on Hathorn Point Road, which is handicap/wheelchair accessible.

“We won’t be Cushing’s unseen art form any more,” said Jeannette Chapman, co-chairwoman of the program and author of three books on Cushing family history at Brookfield Farm.

Book lovers will find something intriguing on every table including memoirs and local history, novels and how-to books, plays, poetry, photography, a collection of watercolor sketches, knitting and meditation, mystery and romance. Tom Johnson, author of “Life on the Fly,” may demonstrate fly-casting techniques, while other authors will read some favorite passage in the society’s Meeting House.

A special display will honor several past authors such as Elizabeth Ogilvie, a prolific writer best known for her colorful portrayals of Maine coastal and island life. Another is Brad Beckett, a school teacher, who wrote about Cushing’s early settlers and other local history. The society operates the Brad Beckett Fund in his memory. Each year, the fund contributes money to town students who continue their education after high school.

Judy Knowlton, co-chairwoman of the show and author of six books on display, calls herself The Book-Builder, and several paperbacks in the show were “built” by her.

“On-demand is a whole new direction in book printing. You can print just one, a dozen or a boxful. The copy price stays the same,” said Knowlton, who will answer questions.

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