The Maine Writers Talk About … series of author talks at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., continues Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m. with Jim Nichols of Warren, winner of the 2016 Maine Literary Award for his novel, “Closer All the Time.”

Nichols will share how he wrote this novel from several stand-alone stories; and the process he went through to connect all the characters, themes and locales to create the mythical village of Baxter. It is a novel that explores the bittersweet nature of connection — hoped for, missed, lost and found.

Nichols grew interested in fiction writing while working as a ticket agent for a commuter airline in Rockland. The Maine native has worked variously as bartender, pilot, skycap, taxi driver, fence builder, orange picker, travel agent and dispatcher for an air taxi service. His writing, which draws from his many experiences, has appeared in numerous regional and national magazines including Esquire, The Clackamas Review, American Fiction, River City and Night Train.

Nichols has been nominated several times for Pushcart prizes; and his first novel, “Hull Creek,” was the runner-up for the 2012 Maine Book Award for Fiction.

The series, made possible with support from the Friends of the Belfast Free Library, is free and open to the public. It continues Tuesday, Aug. 9, with the award-winning author Monica Wood discussing her new critically acclaimed novel, “The One-in-a- Million Boy.” Books are available for signing at all of the programs. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

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