The 13th annual Books in Boothbay, which will gather more than 30 of Maine’s best writers, adult and children’s authors including international, national and state award winners, is dedicated in memory of author, illustrator and educator Thomas Block. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the Boothbay Railway Village, Route 27.

Block died June 23 due to complications from lung cancer. He taught art in Thomaston, St. George, Cushing and Wiscasset, a total of 37 years, before retiring in 2011. He was one of Books in Boothbay’s biggest fans and most popular attendees.

For the past four years, Block illustrated the event’s poster with original designs that reflected both the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library and the Boothbay Railway Village. At the event in 2015, Block and author Paige Pendleton created a character named Reginald for a children’s illustrating workshop. In December of that year, the museum published the book, “Reginald the Railway Rat,” in partnership with the pair. The original watercolor paintings from the book’s illustrations, as well as Block’s original watercolor poster art, will be displayed at Books in Boothbay.

Many of Block’s book projects both as illustrator, and more recently author, will be available for purchase. In addition to his many recent accomplishments as an artist, illustrator and author, Block will be remember by scores of students in Midcoast Maine.

Books in Boothbay is a partnership benefiting both the Boothbay Railway Village and the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. Admission to the book fair is free. For more information, including a list of participating authors, visit

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