CAMDEN — The Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., invites the public to the Camden Amphitheatre Tuesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. for a special event marking the release of “Breaking Bread: Essays from New England on Food, Hunger, and Family” (Beacon Press). The book is a collection of essays by nearly 70 top literary talents and food writers who honor local foods, family and community. The event will feature six well-known writers, as well as one of the book’s editors, Deborah Joy Corey. They will discuss how food ties into grief, pleasure, love, ethics, race and class.

The program will include readings by Gabriela Acero, owner and operator of wolfpeach restaurant in Camden; Alice Bingham Gorman, writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry; Kathy Gunst, cookbook author and resident chef for NPR’s “Here and Now;” Nancy Harmon Jenkins, journalist and cookbook author; Marilyn Moss, author and business leader; and Sandy Oliver, food writer and historian. These notable food experts will read aloud their essays from “Breaking Bread” and provide insights on how food sustains our minds, bodies and soul.

Books will be for sale at the event, with profits benefiting Blue Angel. Blue Angel is a nonprofit organization founded by Corey, created to combat food insecurity by delivering healthy food from local farmers to those in need. Learn more about Blue Angel and the New England writers who contributed essays to “Breaking Bread” by visiting The rain date is June 8.