Jim Krosschell, president of the board of Coastal Mountains Land Trust, will talk about and sign his newest book, “One Man's Maine: Essays on a Love Affair,” during a launch party Friday, May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St.

The event is free and open to all. A portion of the evening's sales will benefit Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

“One Man's Maine” is a collection of 16 paired essays about the wonders and challenges of Maine's environment. The first essay in each pair looks at the natural icons of Maine — lobster, moose, blueberry, lupine — while the second looks at matters of wider concern such as science and belief, observation and emotion. In title, subject and tone, the collection is a nod to E. B. White's classic collection, “One Man's Meat.”

Krosschell's writing honest, simple, inviting and inspiring is a natural match to his subject. He worked in science publishing in the Boston area for more than 30 years, making hundreds of trips to a beloved second home in Owls Head for 20-plus years. “One Man's Maine” is his second book. His first, “Owls Head Revisited,” was a collection of essays in which his simple walks through an ordinary town became a tale of discovery and enlightenment.

Krosschell's essays have been published in more than 50 magazines and journals. Friday's party will include a short talk by the author, followed by refreshments and a book signing; the entire community is warmly invited. Reservations are encouraged; for more information, or to reserve signed copies of the new book, call the bookshop at 338-9009 or email leftbank@myfairpoint.net.

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