Jean Eula Edwards of Union, who just picked up a George Hale Silver Frame Award, will read from and sign her latest novel, “Quiltmaster,” Saturday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mt. Desert St. Brenda Lee Torrey will read poems from Edwards’ poetry book “Shore Song.”

The Maine native and a child of the Great Depression remembers well the disastrous fire of 1947 when many of the beautiful Bar Harbor mansions were lost. The lasting impression of that sad October prompted her to write this novel, which revives the elegance of the era before that fire.

To date, Edwards has written four Maine-based novels including “The Glove,” “Mercy, Merci” and “Phoenix”; two poetry books including “Maine Wildflowers”; an inspirational book, “Hello, God, It’s Me Again”; and a children’s book, “The Adventures of Mattie McCracken.” Her original poetry is intertwined to enhance the storylines of her books. She also uses original art work to depict characters, done in period costuming. Edwards founded a free dance program for the youth of Appleton, where she choreographed, designed and made the costumes for an annual spring show for at least a dozen children.

The Eastern Area Agency on Aging presented its 2011 George Hale Silver Frame Awards earlier this month in Cherryfield. Edwards, 77, won for Artistic/Creative, 76-plus; she was nominated by her daughter, Rose Anne Utley. Another Midcoast resident, Dave Tomm of Rockland, won for Life-long Learner/Entrepreneur, 60-75. He was nominated by Cheryl Feldpausch. Both were handed their honors by the award’s namesake.

Copies of Edwards’ books will be available for sale and signing. For more information, call 288-4245 or visit

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