Local author John Chandler will speak about his recently released novel “The Fine Art of Murder” Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

In the book, a murder is committed in an art gallery by someone using the same manner, technique and materials used by the artist whose sculpture is on display. An art critic is convinced that the perpetrator has committed this murder as a work of fine art, while a skeptical police detective finds suspects with compelling motives.

Chandler of Thomaston has written about contemporary art for more than 40 years; and has been a gallery director, chief curator of Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art and Chairman of Liberal Arts at the Ontario College of Art. For this first novel, Chandler said he set himself a schedule to write three hours a day for 30 days, not pausing to rewrite or even correct a misspelling until he had had written the first draft. After the first few pages, the characters began to write their own parts, he said: “I felt like I was their instrument, writing down what they dictated. It was a most enjoyable experience.”

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310. This evening is one in a continuing series of literary, film and musical offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.

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