Writer and folk musician Scott Alarik will present his novel “Revival” as well as performing music Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Library Coffeehouse series at the downtown Camden Public Library. Alarik will be joined by Gordon Bok for an evening of songs, stories and readings from Alarik’s folk music novel. Admission will be $10 at the door.

Alarik said he was honored, but not surprised, when Bok agreed to take part in the Camden show. He covered folk music for the Boston Globe for more than 20 years and said he honestly does not think New England has produced a better folk singer than Bok.

“But he is also one of the most gracious artists I know, always willing to shine his light on other people’s art. That’s rarer than you might think, but folk music has always been a community garden to Gordon, a shared legacy,” said Alarik.

Alarik tried to capture that community spirit in “Revival,” because he thinks it is a crucial thread that connects the best modern folk music to the old songs that were passed from singer to singer, generation to generation.

“Folk music is still folk’s music, everybody’s music,” he said.

For the past 25 years, Alarik has been arguably the most prolific and influential folk music writer in the country. He covered folk for the Boston Globe; contributed regularly to public radio, including seven years as correspondent for the national news show “Here and Now”; and wrote for many national magazines including Sing Out, Billboard and Performing Songwriter. From 1991 to 1997, he was editor and principal writer for the New England Folk Almanac. In 2003, his first book, “Deep Community: Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground,” was published. Never before had the landscape of modern folk music been so comprehensively documented, prompting the Library Journal to call it an essential primer to the continuing folk revival.

“Revival” is the first novel set entirely in the folk world of the 21st century. Even before publication, the love story was earning raves from Booklist and from folk stars Tom Paxton, Ellis Paul, Catie Curtis, John Gorka, Alison Brown, Mary Gauthier and Bok.

“Revival” is set in Boston’s vibrant modern folk scene and is being embraced as no New England book in memory. The Harvard Square Business Association officially named September Revival Month in Harvard Square, connecting the book’s release to an array of events from a performance by Vermont’s Bread and Puppet Theater to an Urban Agricultural Fair, exemplifying the area’s unique mix of hipness and tradition, innovation and renewal.

Bok is a fan of “Revival, calling it just about the warmest, most nourishing book he has read.

“Such deep lessons in loving, and so well told; it sticks to me like a layer of skin. It has the authenticity of Ruth Moore’s books about the Maine coast; there’s a great authority based on experience and accomplishment. No one who hadn’t walked the walk could have written this book. I love being let into a world like that,” he said.

For more on “Revival,” visit ScottAlarik.com.

Alarik was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and became a folksinger immediately after graduating from high school in 1969. He made his professional debut as a weekend regular at an oh-so-’60s coffeehouse called Heads Together. He also actively opposed the Vietnam War, joining the resistance movement while still in high school by publicly refusing to register for the draft. He was convicted of resisting the draft and served 19 months in federal prison. After his release in 1972, he became a fixture on the national folk circuit, performing regularly on “A Prairie Home Companion,” releasing three vinyl albums and appearing at such legendary venues as the Coffeehouse Extemporé in Minneapolis; Somebody Else’s Troubles and Earl of Old Town in Chicago; Caffé Lena in Saratoga Springs; Godfrey Daniels and the Cherry Tree in Pennsylvania; the Speakeasy in Greenwich Village; and the Idler, Old Vienna, Iron Horse, and Passim in Massachusetts.

After moving to Boston in 1984, Alarik was invited to write for the Boston Globe and soon became its principal folk music writer, covering that vibrant beat for nearly 25 years. He was the first Boston critic to write about many of today’s biggest folk stars including Ani DiFranco, Alison Krauss, Solas, Dar Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kate Rusby, Shemekia Copeland, Susan Werner, Eileen Ivers, Vance Gilbert, Catie Curtis, Ellis Paul, Eilen Jewell, Meg Hutchinson, and Crooked Still.

He also is a popular presenter of talks on folk music topics at colleges, museums, folk societies, and other venues. Alarik has maintained his performing career, appearing at coffeehouses near his home in Cambridge, Mass., and releasing two CDs, “-30-” and “All That Is True.”

Award-winning independent publisher Peter E. Randall created a new imprint, Songsmith, expressly for “Revival. “The goal for publisher and author is to create a bridge between the folk world and the book trade, so that more books appealing to folk fans can be nurtured. To that end, a one-of-a-kind campaign is being launched for this one-of-a-kind novel.

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