Books in Boothbay 2020 – Authors

Books in Boothbay 2020

July 11, 2020, 9 AM – 1:00 PM, Location TBD

Books in Boothbay gathers contemporary Maine authors from around the state (and those with a connection to the Pine Tree State) for an afternoon of meeting fans and fellow authors in celebration of Maine’s literary heritage.

Authors eligible to apply should live, write, or have a connect to the state of Maine, and have had a book published within the last 18 months prior to the fair (special circumstances will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Books in Boothbay Committee). To be considered as a selling author for Books in Boothbay 2020 please fill out the application form below.

2020 Books In Boothbay - Author Application

Authors are accepted on a rolling basis. Authors who are selected by the Books in Boothbay Committee will be notified by April 1, 2020. Applications will not be considered after May 1, 2020.
  • Authors having published within the last 18 months may be prioritized for inclusion.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Please submit a short bio:
  • Please submit the following images:

    1) A photo of you
    2) Dust jackets of your current book, and of any others you wish to sell at the event.

    Please note: You may upload PDF packages; if you have a pre-fab marketing package that must be emailed, you may send it to with the subject "BIB 2020."

    Drop files here or
  • Important! All books sold at the event are supplied by Sherman's Bookstores. Titles entered here will be ordered by Sherman's and delivered to the event.

    Click the + to add additional titles. 7 titles max.

  • If you were an attendee at last year's Books in Boothbay (2019), please provide any suggestions that you feel would improve the author experience at this event:

New Library Hours

You spoke, we listened.  BHML will now be open more hours to the public.

Beginning this fall, BHML is now open at 9:30 AM Tuesday – Friday.  Thank you to everyone who provided feedback to us.

New Hours:

Tuesday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Closed Sunday & Monday

10/31: Halloween Parade

Thursday, October 31, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The rain won out, we’re moving the Halloween parade to the Boothbay Harbor Fire House…Dress up, and drop by!

Enter through the town office, wind through tables collecting candy from reps from local businesses, and play games with the Methodist Church….plus some eyeballs and brains.



Join us for the Boothbay Harbor Halloween Parade!

Gather at the library at 3:45 PM for some warm apple cider; parade & trick-or-treating through town begins at 4:00 PM!

Route: from the library to Bath Savings parking lot to Union Street. Traffic cones will cordon off parking for a larger pedestrian walkway.

10/26: Author Talk: May Davidson

Saturday, October 26 at 2 p.m.

Book Signing & Talk Local author May Davidson

Memoirist May Davidson will read from her new book Whatever It Takes at this event. After the reading, May will be available to sign books and answer questions. May Davidson has lived 90 years in Lincoln County, Maine and her book is about her adventurous life and the many jobs she and her husband did side-by-side, from farming to lobstering to long-haul trucking.
Learn more about May

Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop.

10/16: What’s Hot & What’s Not

Wednesday, October 165:30 – 6:30pm

Join The Wizard of Odds & Ends (Richard Plunkett) for a journey through the current trends in antiques and collectibles.  Bring a collectible to learn about its value.

Richard Plunkett the proprietor of The Wizard of Odds & Ends in, Alna Maine, specializing in antiques appraisals, buying, selling, decorative items, and insurance appraisals.

10/12: Author Talk: Anne Britting Oleson

Saturday, October 12, 2:00 PM

About the book:

Tapiser is a mystery. On another level, though, it’s a story about family – and how, over time, family stories assume secret lives. That secrecy simultaneously ensures that the stories both hide and reveal truths. Revealed, they have the power to realign family relationships and to forge new families. With each twist and turn of Oleson’s delightful novel, the centrality of such stories is illuminated.” – Frank O Smith, for the Portland Press Herald.

In the novel Tapiser, Emily Harris finds out there’s a fine line between the present and the past, and there is an equally fine line that separates people in the world. She’s recently divorced and over the objections of her estranged mother Elaine, Emily renews her relationship with her grandmother Eleanor. Her elegant and proper grandmother has a passion she wishes to imbue in Emily–but Eleanor dies before the mystery is revealed in full. But she leaves Emily an important clue: a small hand-loomed tapestry, possibly made by an distant English relative.

Join us to hear excerpts from the book and meet the author.

About the author:

Anne Britting Oleson is the author of three poetry chapbooks (The Church of St. MaterianaThe Beauty of It, and Alley of Dreams), and two novels (The Book of the Mandolin Player and Dovecote). She is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program of USM, a founding member of Simply Not Done, and lives in the mountains of Central Maine.

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10/5: Author Talk: Dr. Judy Stone

Saturday, October 5, 2:00 PM

Resilience: One Family’s Story of Hope and Triumph over Evil

Dr. Judy Stone, the daughter of Hungarian survivors of Auschwitz and Dachau, will tell the story of her family’s strength and resilience during some the most horrific events of the twentieth century. Join her as she explores how they survived and rebuilt their lives, focusing on hope and the good people they found.

Resilience tells the story of one family who lived normal lives until they were removed from their homes and treated as less than animals by the Nazis. Dr. Stone shares firsthand accounts of the atrocities suffered by Jews during World War II as well as the resilience of the human spirit through those same dark times.

Gain an appreciation of how hope, kindness, connection, gratitude, and small gestures helped those who suffered.
Resilience not only provides testimony about the horrors of the Holocaust, but also offers a connection to the rich heritage of Jewish life in Europe that has been largely lost.

Visit Dr. Judy Stone’s website at:

10/2: Author Talk: Lee Swanson

Wednesday, Oct 2, 5:30 PM

“Making Her Own Way”

One Woman’s Struggle for Independence in 14th Century Europe

Meet author Lee Swanson and hear excerpts from his new historical fiction novel “No Man’s Chattel.” Lee will also discuss the role of women in 14th century western Europe and how Christina Kohl, the protagonist of the “No Man is Her Master,” trilogy, transcends the narrow boundaries placed on her gender by the medieval Church, society, and the law.

About the author: 

Lee Swanson has lived in both Germany and England for extended periods of his life, traveling extensively to experience the towns and cities that serve as the settings for his novels, such as Lubeck in Germany, Bruges in Belgium, and London. Holding a Master’s Degree in European History from the University of North Florida, Lee’s thesis centered on the Hanse, the confederation of merchants that dominated trade in northern Europe throughout much of the Middle Ages and is central to the plot of “No Man’s Chattel.”  After lengthy careers as a soldier and an educator, Lee now spends his time as the owner of Bayberry House Bed and Breakfast in Boothbay Harbor, Maine with his beloved wife, Karine, and their dog, Banjo.




9/27: The Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination

Friday, September 27, 7:00 PM. Space is limited, click here to RSVP.

The Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination

Speaker: John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Chair, Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations

When Christopher Columbus first set foot on the white sands of Guanahani island, he performed a ceremony to “take possession” of the land for the king and queen of Spain, acting under the international laws of Western Christendom. Although the story of Columbus’ “discovery” has taken on mythological proportions in most of the Western world, few people are aware that his act of “possession” was based on a religious doctrine now known in history as the Doctrine of Discovery. Even fewer people realize that today – five centuries later – the United States government still uses this archaic Judeo-Christian doctrine to deny the rights of Native American Indians. (Steve Newcomb, Five Hundred Years of Injustice: The Legacy of Fifteenth Century Religious Prejudice, 1992)

Join John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Chair of the Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations and former executive director of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, for a talk on the Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination, its effects on theWabanaki and other Original Peoples worldwide, and a reevaluation of Columbus’ voyages to the Caribbean.. The Doctrine has formed the legal basis for taking of Wabanaki land and most lands inhabited by the Original Peoples of the Americas (and Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand). In 2007 the United Nations condemned the Doctrine of Discovery in the preamble to the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Every member of the UN was in support, except Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Join us to explore this facet of Maine and American history and the current effects of a medieval religious concept serving as the basis for US Federal Indian Law and international laws.

About the presenter:
John Dieffenbacher-Krall has devoted his adult life to activism, community organizing, and social change working for environmental, multi-issue, and intergovernmental groups in three states in addition to his considerable volunteer service. For 12 ½ years, Mr. Dieffenbacher-Krall held the position of Executive Director for the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission (MITSC). In his private volunteer life, John chairs the Episcopal Diocese of Maine Committee on Indian Relations, a position he has held since his appointment by the Right Reverend Stephen Lane on February 15, 2017.

His past work to advance a more just relationship between Original Peoples and settlers includes a resolution he co-wrote that passed at the October 2007 Episcopal Diocese of Maine Convention calling for the renunciation of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, and he was the principal co-author of Resolution D035, Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, adopted at the Episcopal Church’s General Convention held in July 2009. Mr. Dieffenbacher-Krall has also preached in several churches spanning five denominations in Maine and New York State about the Doctrine of Discovery along with giving a number of public talks on the subject. John was the official representative of the Diocese of Maine at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2012. During the two-week gathering, he drafted and delivered to the body on May 9 the “Intervention of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada Offering Suggested Actions on the Doctrine of Discovery and Domination.” On May 30, 2019, he gave a talk titled “The Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination: How It Has Impacted the State of Maine Pre- and Post-Statehood” during the Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference hosted at the University of Maine.

9/25: Author Talk: Christy Day

Wed., Sept. 25, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Join us for an author talk with Christy Day, who walked El Camino de Santiago de Compostela when she was 66 years old.  Her book:  Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way on El Camino is about what she experienced during this 500 mile Pilgrimage across northern Spain.

The book is equal parts reflection, factual account of the challenges and joys of the Pilgrimage, and practical advice for preparing for it and making it the best experience possible. Read it if you are planning to walk El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Read it if you know you never will and want to know what it is like. If you like first-person accounts full of facts and reflection, you will like Walking from Here to There.

About the author: Christy Day grew up as a Wyoming ranch girl who migrated to the East Coast and is now firmly rooted in New Hampshire.  She has two grown daughters who migrated West and they are my inspiration. She walked El Camino de Santiago de Compostela when she was 66 and it was the most transformative experience of her lifetime (so far).  She loves to travel, hike, and camp. Day is a sailor and has her private pilot’s license. Photography and writing are the two ways she expresses herself best.