Local author Steven D. Powell will launch his first novel, titled “Patch Scratching,” Friday, Oct. 21 from 3 to about 5 p.m. at French & Brawn Marketplace, 1 Elm St./Route 1.

Powell is a native of the Midcoast area and a graduate of Georges Valley High School. Over the last five years, he has been attending classes at University College in Rockland, working toward a bachelor of arts degree in English.

“Patch Scratching” is set in the Midcoast area.  At the tender age of 5, Jed is abandoned by his mother in his father’s hometown although he has never met his father, who no longer lives in town. Jed is befriended by Deb, the last person who should have had to do so. But with the help of Jed’s grandfather, Deb raises the boy as best she can. Then, just as Jed is finding his way, his place in the world, life and the past come back to challenge him yet again.

Working closely with Maine Authors Publishing of Rockland, Powell was able to bring this novel into print. It will also be available in e-book format on Kindle, Nook, iBooks and other e-reader devices.

Both Powell and the illustrator, Thomas Block, will be present at the launching to provide autographs. The book retails for $14.95 and will be offered as an e-book for $2.99.

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