David Foster will return to the downtown Camden Public Library for a talk and interpretive readings from “Down East’s most literate farmer,” E.B. White. Foster’s talk, titled E. B. White: From Manhattan to Maine, will take place Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 pm. The talk is free, and all are welcome.

White (1899-1985) grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and found his way to The New Yorker magazine in the late 1920s, where he joined Harold Ross, James Thurber and Katharine Sergeant Angell (his later wife) to put an indelible stamp on American culture. In thousands of newsbreaks, comments, poems, and stories, “Andy” White embodied the urbane skepticism, cheerful bewilderment and sophisticated humanism that became the magazine’s hallmark. He went on to become a powerful advocate for personal freedom, world peace and governmental restraint, but achieved his greatest fame as the author of children’s books, most notably “Charlotte’s Web.”

White had a lifelong love affair with Maine and, in 1934, he and his wife bought a salt-water farm in Brooklin on Allen Cove. They spent much of the rest of their lives there, commuting to a Manhattan apartment when necessary. White recognized, however, that, despite his hands-on labors on the farm, he would always be “from away” and that Mainers usually referred to him as “Joel’s father” or “Martha’s grandfather.”

Throughout his career as a lawyer, political advocate and business executive, Foster has pursued an amateur vocation in the theater as director, producer, actor and teacher of acting and stagecraft. At the Camden library, Foster has performed “Meet Mr. Mencken: An Evening with the Sage of Baltimore” in 2007, “The Magic of American Humor” in 2008, “The Irreplaceable Mark Twain” in 2009 and “Thurber’s Theatre: An Evening with the Inscrutable Male” in 2010. Foster’s presentation will include readings from White’s works, but he will not be appearing in the character of the famous writer.

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