Authors and mystery fans will gather together to raise funds for Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance by spending Saturday afternoon, July 29, sleuthing around the stunning seaside gardens of best-selling, award-winning and much-revered author Tess Gerritsen.

In addition to host Gerritsen, authors on board include Richard Blanco, Stuart Kestenbaum, Christina Baker Kline, Richard Russo and many other notable scribes. Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships of this summer fundraiser will further the mission of the MWPA, which strives day in and day out to improve and promote Maine’s thriving literary ecosystem.

Tickets to the catered afternoon party are $150, $275 a couple; and $75 for current MFA students or full-time, non-volunteer library workers. For tickets and complete details, visit or call 228-8263.

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