Philip Conkling, author of “Islands in Time,” “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea,” “Green Islands,” “Green Sea” and more, will present an illustrated talk drawn from the new edition of “Islands in Time: A Natural and Cultural History of the Islands of the Gulf of Maine” Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event including the Camden history book “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea,” written by Conkling and published by Camden Public Library.

The talk on the history and natural history of Penobscot Bay and its islands is part of the library’s American Cultural Journey this summer. The new, expanded third edition of “Islands in Time” contains more than 300 images by photographer Peter Ralston. Published by the Island Institute with support from the Charles Engelhard Foundation, this edition includes a comprehensive snapshot of the flora, fauna and marine-resource-based communities that make Maine’s islands such a treasured part of our state’s iconography, superbly illustrated by images that capture their rugged beauty and the indomitable character of their year-round inhabitants.

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