Beyond the Sea on Route 1 will host the official book launch for John R. Cobb’s “Tales of the Cemetery Trees,” a compilation of eclectic short stories including crime, fantasy, mystery and the supernatural, Saturday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. Folks are asked to be seated just before 1 p.m. Cobb will be reading and giving a talk, followed by book signing.

Cobb released his debut novel, “Judith: A Quoddy Tale,” in February 2012. A melancholy person by nature, he likes like to explore and photograph cemeteries. Given his great affection for nature, his attention is often drawn to the botany of the graveyards more than to the tombstones. Maine has an abundance of old cemeteries, and many overseers have long nurtured impressive oak, maple, cedar and pine within and along the graveyard fringes.

“Although traditional worshipers might pooh-pooh the notion, I like to believe in the presence of souls in all living things. Given that belief, I can’t help but wonder about the awareness of trees, especially the cemetery trees,” he said.

For more information, email Info@BeyondTheSeaMaine.com, call 789-5555 or visit Beyond the Sea’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.