The Cushing Historical Society’s Arts in the Barn summer series will host an unusual show the last weekend of July, when 15 local writers display and sell their books to the public. The public is invited to a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception Friday, July 25, at the Society’s barn at 17 Hathorn Point Road. The show will continue Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cushing has long been known as an artistic town, primarily of painters, sculptors, photographers and musicians. When Jeannette Chapman and Judy Knowlton organized the first Books in the Barn in 2010, it became more evident that Cushing is also a thriving writer’s community.

Several authors are scheduled to read portions of their works in the adjoining Meeting House on both Saturday and Sunday. An ample Q&A period will follow each talk. Those interested in learning about on-demand publishing, (where books are printed instantly on an as-needed basis only) may discuss this new method of publishing books during the weekend with Knowlton, who volunteers her time to help new authors get into print.

Participating authors (and maybe more) include Chapman and Knowlton, Hugh Aaron, Alan Clark, Jean Scott Creighton, Lois Faulkingham, Ellen Goldsmith, Ann Guild, June Kinne, Karen LeBlond, Gwen Southgate, Trish Weisbrot and Joie Willimetz.

The barn of the Cushing Historical Society is located behind the society's Meeting House on Hawthorn Point Road, off Pleasant Point Road.  For more information, call 354-2279 or 712-9164.

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