THOMASTON — Maine Authors Publishing, 12 High St., will host its third annual book festival Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Forty-nine authors will be in attendance to sign and sell their books. The event will also include a children’s area hosted by the Coastal Children’s Museum, presentations, raffles, live music by Castlebay, sandwiches for sale from the Jersey Plate food truck, and ice cream from Stone Fox Farm Creamery.

The festival is exclusive to Maine Authors Publishing authors this year, but the event hopes to expand in the future.

“We are thrilled to be able to host the book festival for the third time,” said Jane Karker, president of Maine Authors Publishing. “Part of our mission is to support the Maine literary community, and we hope the festival will continue to grow and evolve.”

There will be two slideshow presentations, one by children’s author Laurence H. Leavitt and one by author and wilderness paddler Laurie Apgar Chandler.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Leavitt will present “Join Ada Bea McC. on a Downeast Adventure!.” The presentation will include a slideshow of “Ada Bea’s Downeast Adventure” paired with the audiobook narrated by Jennywren Walker and featuring the voice of renowned Maine humorist Tim Sample. Also featured is music by award-winning singer-songwriter Kathleen Regan with her song “Coast of Maine.” After, the author will briefly discuss the process of writing and be available for a Q&A.

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Chandler will present “Writing the Experience and Spirit of Place.” Chandler will share photographs of her extensive Northwoods canoe trips, chronicled in her inspirational memoirs. Learn how Chandler transformed a lifelong love of nature and books into a writing career. After solo thru-paddling the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, she wrote “Upwards,” followed by “Through Woods & Waters: A Solo Journey to Maine’s New National Monument.” Hers are stories of shared discovery, highlighting the region’s rich history and natural wonders.

The authors in attendance range from fiction and nonfiction to memoir/biography and children’s, and also poetry and gift books. Parking will be available at the General Henry Knox Museum, please follow directional signs. The festival is open to the public and admission is free. For a full list of participating writers and more information, visit

Maine Authors Publishing has been bringing local stores, readers, and writers together since 2009. As a cooperative-style publisher, their goal is to support local, independent authors throughout the publishing process with affordable services such as editing, design, printing, a trade catalog, distribution, and marketing assistance. Only a percentage of books are accepted under the Maine Authors Publishing imprint after they have been vetted for writing and design quality. For more information, visit