April is National Poetry Month!

Author Talk: Hope Rowan

10 Days In Acadia: A Kids' Hiking Guide to Mount Desert Island.


Saturday, April 28

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Children's Story Room

Hope Rowan will discuss the inspiration behind her kids’ hiking guide, as well as speaking to the importance of getting kids outdoors. The book follows a fictional young girl and her family on their vacation to Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. Twelve-year- old Hattie describes ten different hiking trails, giving details of everything she sees, hears, smells, and feels while hiking with her family. The guidebook also includes hiking tips, rainy-day ideas, and a resource list, plus full-color trail maps, photographs, and illustrated field notes by Maine artist Jada Fitch.

The hiking guide Includes:
-Large overview map of Mount Desert Island
-Color trail maps of each hike, with trails marked by level of difficulty
-Photos of each hike
-Illustrations and field notes of animals and plants you might see on each hike
-Hiking and safety tips
-Rainy-day resources and ideas

Hope Rowan likes looking under seaweed, mucking around in dirt, and studying maps. She has spent the past fifteen years creating, designing, and teaching children about maps as a certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional. Her first tent camping in Maine was in a crib and she was introduced to the trails of Acadia from her father’s shoulders. Hope’s vacation experiences in Acadia led her to attend the College of the Atlantic where she received an advanced degree in Human Ecology. Now she lives on Mount Desert Island with Acadia National Park as her backyard.

The event will include book sales and signing.

Follow Hope on Facebook at Hope E Rowan or by reading her blog Outdoor Exploration Acadia Beyond.

Author Talk: Bruce Robert Coffin

Wednesday, May 2

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Crofutt Community Room

Bruce Robert Coffin is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron mystery series and former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11th, Bruce spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2016.

Bruce is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He is a regular blog contributor to the Maine Crime Writers and Murder Books blogs.

To find out more about Bruce, visit his website or find him on Facebook at  Bruce Robert Coffin.

Author Talk: William Andrews

Wednesday, June 6

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Crofutt Community Room

William D. Andrews moved to Maine in 1989 to become president of Westbrook College.  The college’s merger with the University of New England freed him to pursue his long held ambition to write.  He has since published three mysteries in the Julie Williams series, all with Islandport Press:  Stealing History (2006), Breaking Ground (2011), and Mapping Murder (2017).  See more at williamandrewsmysteries.com.

He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh, a Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Penn’s Wharton School. He is the past president of the board of trustees of the Bethel Historical Society and a former director of the Mahoosuc Land Trust. He and his wife split their time between their home in Newry and condo in Portland. When he isn’t writing, he skis, snowshoes, bikes, boats, cooks and spends as much time as possible with his two-year old granddaughter.

To learn more about Robert and his work, visit his website