9/18: Author Talk with Bruce Robert Coffin

Within Plain SightAuthor Talk with Bruce Robert Coffin

Within Plain Sight

Saturday, September 18 at 2:00pm
on the library lawn

Join us to hear bestselling mystery author Bruce Robert Coffin discuss his newest book, Within Plain Sight.

Bruce Robert Coffin

Bruce Robert Coffin is the award-winning author of the bestselling Detective Byron mystery series. A former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruce spent four years investigating counter-terrorism cases for the FBI, earning the Director’s Award, the highest award a non-agent can receive.

Winner of Killer Nashville‘s Silver Falchion Awards for Best Procedural and Best Investigator, the Maine Literary Award for Best Crime Fiction Novel, Bruce was also a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2016.

Bruce is a member of International Thriller WritersMystery Writers of AmericaSisters in CrimeShort Mystery Fiction Society, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He is a regular contributor to Murder Books blog.

Bruce is represented by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary.

He lives and writes in Maine.

Book description:

Amid the dog days of summer, Detective Sergeant John Byron is called to the scene of a horrific crime: a young woman’s body dismembered and left in an abandoned Portland lumber yard. The killing shares striking similarities with a spate of murders committed in Boston by a serial killer known only as the Horseman.

As Byron’s team investigates the case, they quickly push up against powerful forces in town. But Byron will stop at nothing to find the truth, not when there is a killer on the loose and everyone is a suspect. Has the Horseman expanded his killing field? Is this the work of in ingenious copycat-or is nothing as it seems? One thing is certain, Byron must uncover the truth before the killer strikes again.


“Flawless prose, witty dialogue, startling twists. Authenticity seeps from every page, from the police work to the resonating emotions. Unforgettable”

International bestselling author of Skyjack K.J. Howe

“A gripping atmospheric thriller that finds the dark side of Portland, Maine. The Detective Byron mystery series is one of the finest to arrive in a long time.”

#1 New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston

9/29: Front Porch Project

The Front Porch Project of Maine
Child Abuse Prevention Training

Wednesday, September 29 at 6:00pm-9:00pm
on the library lawn

Front Porch ProjectHave you found yourself concerned for a child and thought about how you could have gotten involved? Or more importantly, wondered why you didn’t?

This training is free and open to anyone. Snacks will be provided.

Pre-registration is required. Register by calling BHML at 207-633-3112 or email circ@bbhlibrary.org.

The Front Porch Project® training for community members looks at why people do (and don’t) get involved and provides strategies on how you can help by stepping in and supporting families. As the pandemic continues, families continue to face immense stress. It’s important, now more than ever, to know how you can help to support families. By attending this training, you are joining a community of Mainers committed to help prevent future tragedies from occurring to any more of our children. 

Specifically, this training teaches you to:

  • Increase your awareness of importance of prevention in helping to protect children and support families.
  • Identify and develop comfort with a range of parenting approaches.
  • Identify when and how to get involved in situations involving a child.
  • Think of possible responses, interventions and problem-solving strategies.
  • Identify “roadblocks” to stepping in and find safe ways around them.
  • Increase your comfort level with stepping into those situations.
  • Understand the impact that culture, gender and socioeconomic status can have on parenting and on actions to you might take on behalf of children.
  • Reach out to others in your community to protect children and support families.

The Front Porch Project® of Maine is a community response initiative, funded in part by donations to the Maine Children’s Trust on behalf of Marissa Kennedy, a child tragically lost to child abuse.

For more information about the training and for a list of FAQs, visit the Front Porch Project website.

9/9: Author Talk with Lara Tupper

Amphibians coverAuthor talk with
Lara Tupper


Thursday, September 9 at 6:00pm on the library lawn

Join us on the library lawn to hear author Lara Tupper discuss her new book of short stories.

Lara TupperLara Tupper is the author of Amphibians, a short story collection (Leapfrog Global Fiction Award winner; Leapfrog Press, 2021), Off Island, a fictional re-imagining of Paul Gauguin’s strange marriage (Encircle, 2020) and A Thousand and One Nights (Harcourt and Untreed Reads, 2015), an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. With filmmaker Greg Eismin she co-wrote the screenplay adaptation for A Thousand and One Nights. Her short fiction was runner-up for the 2019 Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature and her work has appeared in Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak (Harper Perennial), The Believer, Nowhere Magazine, The Ghost Story, Dogwood Journal, Epiphany, Zone 3 and other literary magazines. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College (MFA Creative Writing), she taught at Rutgers University for many years and now presents writing workshops and retreats in Massachusetts. She is also a jazz/folk singer who has traveled the world; her latest album is This Dance.

Lara, from Maine, is a strong swimmer. Her parents loved Doctor Zhivago. As an only child, she spent many hours listening to A Chorus Line on vinyl. (She still likes to do this.) She has worked as a clambake waitress, a cruise ship entertainer, an academic, a yogi, a back-up singer, an editor and a music booker. She is a member of the Authors Guild, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, LFL (Little Free Librarians) and the BMIFC (Barry Manilow International Fan Club). She has had the good fortune to live in New York City, London, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Dubai, Otaru, Hua Hin, the Berkshires and Boothbay. She feels most at home by the sea. She is married to singer-songwriter Bobby Sweet and is mother to seven hens.

Book description:

Amphibians invites contemplation of what it means to reside in a female form. An amphibious aircraft crashes in Maine, a young girl skinny-dips with her elders, a distraught cruise ship dancer boards a water taxi in Grenada and travellers to Dubai and Abu Dhabi long for familiar oceans. Amphibians celebrates home in a cross-cultural way, and the sensation of feeling not quite right in one’s own skin, on land and near water, at home and abroad.


“From page one, Amphibians is the work of an extraordinary talent. How shrewd and compelling these stories are, as they range from Maine to New York to Japan to the Emirates
and back. Their remarkable gift is to show us – wisely and sharply – the crucial contradictions of feeling in whatever unfolds, from passing encounters to long-held ties.”

Joan Silber, PEN/ Faulkner and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Improvement

“A compelling, wise and beautiful book. Each location feels prickly and alive, like it might lift off the page.”

Ramona Ausubel, author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, an NPR Best Book of the Year

“Like a great journey, this collection will leave you changed.”

Porter Fox author of Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border  

“Mobility, adaptability and colorful changes are confronted by the girls and women in Lara Tupper’s nimble interlinked collection, aptly titled Amphibians. Although each memorable story easily stands alone, to seek and recognize the deft connections intensifies the reading experience.”

Terry Hong, Shelf Awareness

9/11: Books in Boothbay 2021

Books in Boothbay

Books in Boothbay

Saturday, September 11, 2021
9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm
at the Boothbay Railway Village Museum

After a year’s hiatus, Books in Boothbay is back! With nearly 40 authors scheduled to appear, Maine’s largest and longest-running book fair will be split into two sessions. This event is FREE and open to readers of all ages.

Author Line-Up*

Morning Session 9:00am–12:00pm
Kerri Arsenault, Danielle Bannister, Hilary Bartlett, Sarah Carlson, Richard Cass, Matt Cost, Irene M. Drago, Fran Hodgkins, Peter Ilgenfritz, Susan T. Landry, Mary Lawrence, BJ Magnani, S. Lee Manning, Sandra Neily, Anne Britting Oleson, Maria Padian, T. Blen Parker, Barbara Ross, David Sloan, Kevin St. Jarre, Lara Tupper, Caitlin Wahrer, James M. Wright

Afternoon Session 1:00pm–4:00pm
Cheryl Blaydon, Ellen Booraem, Charlene D’Avanzo, Jean Flahive, Kate Flora, Cheryl Gillespie, Jason Grundstrom-Whitney, Vaughn C. Hardacker, Gerry W. Hawes, Tom Huntington, Len Mattano, Dave Patterson, Dale T. Phillips, Lynne Schmidt, Bette Stevens, Thomas Urquhart

*Author line-up subject to change

A portion of the proceeds of sales from this event will benefit Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library and the Boothbay Railway Village.

Visit the Books in Boothbay website to get more detailed information about the authors set to appear or follow their Facebook page for up-to-date information about the authors and the event.

9/23: NARCAN® 101 *New Date*

NARCAN® 101—Why Carry It?

Rescheduled for: Thursday, September 23, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Did you know that overdoses and relapses are at an all time high? Did you know NARCAN® is used to treat elderly patients who may accidentally take too much medication?  Or for children who accidentally get into their parents medicine cabinet?

In this talk with Sherri Talbot, Sweetser’s OPTIONS clinician for Lincoln County, you’ll learn what NARCAN® is, how it works, how it’s used, and why everyone should carry it. 

OPTIONS Save Lives

The Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach Naloxone and Safety (OPTIONS) initiative is a coordinated effort of the Maine Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and other state agencies to improve the health of Mainers using substances through harm reduction strategies, helping them on the road to recovery, and dramatically reducing the number of fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses.

August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day.



9/4: Author Talk with Gerry Hawes

The Albatross cover

Author talk with Gerry Hawes

The Albatross

Saturday, September 4 at 2:00pm on the library lawn

Join us on the library lawn to hear author Gerry Hawes discuss his new book.

Gerry HawesLike all young boys, Gerry Hawes had a romantic dream—his was to someday fly a plane. And that he did, first in the Air Force in peace, but also later in the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. But his ultimate goal was “the airlines,” which he finally achieved. He has seen a lot of things up there during his 50 years in the skies, and he would very much like for you to join him. Just for a while—he has something to say.

Book description:

Jack Rheinstrom was the kind of guy that everyone liked. His graduating yearbook read like a Who’s Who of high school students—leader, scholar, and athlete. He was a special kid that shunned personal attention and passionately cared for others. He never appeared to be in a bad mood; just being around him made you feel good inside. But there are no guarantees in life. There were two special events that occurred in his life, both having dramatic effects.You can be agile and you can be tough but sometimes that’s just not enough. Jack Rheinstrom was an airline pilot. He was an ordinary man—his life was not.


“Gerry Hawes, recipient of the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, knows what he’s writing about and it shows. The Albatross is a compelling story rich with memorable characters, a real tour de force, but its greatest strength is the author’s ability to put the reader in the cockpit of a commercial airliner. I was gripped from beginning to end. If you’ve ever flown a 747 you will recognize the writing as absolutely authoritative. If you are not a pilot this may be the closest you get to flying a big jet. Be sure to fasten your seatbelt!”

J. Bradford Tillson was a reporter, editor, and publisher of Dayton Daily News in Ohio and  CEO of Cox Ohio Publishing. In 2003 he chaired Dayton’s celebration of the centennial of the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

Coping with COVID-19

Coping with Covid-19

For many people, stress and anxiety levels have increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Check out this great list of resources complied by the National Library of Medicine about healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety.

Here’s a good place to start:

CDC COVID-19: Care for Yourself: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information on caring for yourself, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDC COVID-19: Coping With Stress: CDC provides information on how to cope with stress, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Get immediate help in a crisis

Call 911

Disaster Distress Helpline

  • 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish)
  • text TalkWithUs for English or Hablanos for Spanish to 66746.
  • Spanish speakers from Puerto Rico can text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • 1-800-799-7233
  • text LOVEIS to 22522

National Child Abuse Hotline 

  • 1-800-4AChild (1-800-422-4453)
  • text 1-800-422-4453

National Sexual Assault Hotline

The Eldercare Locator 

  • 1-800-677-1116  TTY Instructions

Veteran’s Crisis Line

8/27: Photo Talk with Bob Krist

Photo Talk with Bob Krist

Behind the Scenes: Real Life Misadventures of a Travel Photographer

Friday, August 27 at 7:00pm on the library lawn

Join us on the library lawn to hear photographer Bob Krist discuss his time traveling the world as a photographer.

About the event: Every profession has its burdens to bear, but have you ever been held for ransom by an angry tribe of headhunters in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, swung at with a machete by a Voodoo priestess in full trance during an all night ceremony, or charged by bulls in a dusty arena in the wilds of southern India? If not, you’ll love hearing, and seeing, the real “backstory” of several of Bob’s most interesting and challenging assignments for National Geographic and other publications. Great visuals, great stories, lots of “outside the box” problem solving and lots of fun.

Bob KristBob Krist is a freelance photographer and filmmaker who has worked extensively on assignment for magazines such as National Geographic, National Geographic TravelerSmithsonian, and Islands. These assignments have taken him to all seven continents and have won awards in the Pictures of the YearCommunication Arts, and World Press Photo competitions.

His short travel films have won gold and silver awards in the prestigious Lowell Thomas competitions as well as at film festivals in Iceland, Italy, and in the US.  In addition, he has directed commissioned motion work for Sony USA, TCS World Travel, The Maine Maritime Museum, Visit Bucks County.com, National Geographic Travel blog, the Jalisco Highlands Tourist Board (Mexico), and other clients.

During his work, he has been stranded on a glacier in Iceland, nearly run down by charging bulls in southern India, and knighted with a cutlass during a Trinidad voodoo ceremony. He won the title of “Travel Photographer of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008. In 2000 his work was honored at the Eisenstaedt Awards for Magazine Photography in New York City.

Bob’s books include In Tuscany (Broadway Books, NY), which features 270 pages of his photographs of the region and is a collaboration with author Frances Mayes. It spent a month on the New York Times bestseller list. He also photographed the coffeetable books Caribbean and Portrait of the Caribbean and Low Country: Charleston to Savannah (Graphic Arts Center Publishing), A Photo Tour of New York (Photo Secrets Publishing, San Diego), and Impressions of Bucks County (Old Mill Productions, New Hope PA).

His latest book, published in 2020, Old Souls & Timeless Places (Brilliant Press, Exton, PA) is a retrospective of Krist’s portraiture and landscape work, reproduced in rich quad tone black and white.

An accomplished writer as well as a photographer, Bob was a contributing editor at both National Geographic Traveler and Outdoor Photographer, where he wrote  travel photography columns. His how-to book Spirit of Place: The Art of The Traveling Photographer (Amphoto Books, NY) was hailed by American Photographer magazine as “the best book about travel photography we’ve ever read.” His most recent how-to book Travel Photography: Documenting the World’s People and Places was published in the Digital Masters series by Lark Books.

He lectures on behalf of the “Live at the National Geographic” series and recently launched a comprehensive course, The Fundamentals of Travel Photography, for National Geographic in collaboration with The Great Courses. He is a member of Sony’s Artisans of Imagery program. 

A former professional actor, Bob hosted Nature’s Best Photography, a 13-part series for National Wildlife Productions on the Outdoor Life Network, and Photography Close Up, one of Cablevision’s “MagRack” series. Currently, he can be seen as the host of the PBS special Restoration Stories. Bob lives in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with his wife Peggy. They are the parents of three sons, Matthew, Brian, and Jonathan.

Art Show: Jeff Kowalski

Jeff Kowalski Powderhorn
‘Powderhorn Sunset’ by Jeff Kowalski

Jeff Kowalski Art Show

Jeff Kowalski’s art work may be viewed from August 28th though October in the Great Room during normal library hours.

About the artist: Jeff grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where his grandfather founded a commercial art studio. Visiting museums and taking art classes as a child honed his interest in art. After earning a PhD in Art History at Yale University in 1981, Jeff taught at Temple University and Northern Illinois University, where he headed the Art History Division from 1996 to 2004. A specialist in the art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica and the Andes, he has authored numerous articles interpreting the visual culture of ancient Maya civilization. Along with his teaching and scholarship, from the 1980s to the present, Jeff has been painting regularly during summer visits to Maine, where he has exhibited and sold his work at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation Gallery and at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset. Speaking of his paintings, Jeff notes that his work, “Often deals with recognizable places where I have spent time, have personal memories and associations, or simply have visited and whose subject matter and mood captured my attention.” While his subject is generally representational, he has been inspired by artists such as Fairfield Porter and Wolf Kahn, and he enjoys simplifying or exaggerating aspects of form and color to create compositions that keep this imagery more visually effective and engaging.

The library, at 4 Oak Street in Boothbay Harbor, is open Tuesdays, 9:30am—4:30pm, Wednesdays 9:30am—7:00pm, Thursdays and Fridays 9:30am—4:30pm and Saturdays 10:00am—4:00pm. Masks required.

Jeff Kowalski Sprucehead Pier
‘Great Sprucehead Pier, Morning Light’ by Jeff Kowalski

8/14: Author Talk with Hilary Bartlett

Author talk with Hilary Bartlett

The Thistle Inn: A Wee Bit of Scotland in Maine

Saturday, August 14 at 10:00am on the library lawn

Join us on the library lawn to hear author Hilary Bartlett discuss her new book.

Hilary E. Bartlett was born and raised in Liverpool, England, with belching chimneys, street gangs and perpetual damp. When the Beatles first played at the Cavern she was there, but that was as good as it got. Good grades were her means of escape. Hilary studied microbiology at University College London and received her doctorate. She came to Bigelow Laboratory in Midcoast Maine in her late twenties to determine a predictive index for toxic red-tides. Her intention was to return to London but Boothbay Harbor bewitched her. She took a full-time research position at Bigelow Lab and lived opposite the Thistle Inn during the 1970s. Hilary made lifelong friends at the back corner table in the pub, where Bigelow sisters first shared stories about feisty grandmothers. Those young women changed Hilary’s life. Yet she was the only one who stayed in Boothbay Harbor. Once she found her true home, she never wanted to leave.

Hilary changed careers after she became a mother and started a home-based art business. Her reputation as an artist is well established and her ink paintings have won awards. She received a writing fellowship from Waypoint Foundation to spend time at one of their Key Largo retreats. The Thistle Inn is her first book.

Book description:

Colorful tales of the Thistle Inn paint a vivid portrait of a Maine fishing village during the 1960s and ‘70s. When shrimp boats filled the harbor, martinis were less than two dollars and famous actors, musicians and ballplayers dropped by. Photos and vintage menus spice up the pages, plus the secret ingredient for the Thistle’s Downeast steak is finally revealed.


“Boothbay locals that frequented The Thistle Inn during the Leonie/T’Donald years who read this highly entertaining book of tales – those that could be printed, anyway – will smile, laugh, and remember when. The rest of us will read it, smile, laugh . . . and wish to God we remembered it too!”

Lisa Kristoff, Boothbay Register

“My wife and I wrote weekly travel columns for 7 years, and loved Boothbay Harbor, but I had no idea of the fascinating history of the Thistle Inn until I read this book. And you will love all the interesting stories of the inn’s owners and guests, especially the patrons in the bar.”

George Smith, award-winning journalist and Maine author