4th Annual Maine Authors Book Festival
Saturday, August 26th
11:00am – 4:00pm

Maine Authors Publishing
12 High Street, Thomaston, Maine

Presentation Schedule


“Hatching” The Story of Neeps and Tattie

Presentation by Amy Johnson and Diane Madden, featuring Herp Haven

The Story of Neeps and Tattie centers around two tortoises who were rescued 52 years ago in Scotland by young Annie McKay. Join coauthors Amy Johnson and Diane Madden as they share how a chance meeting in Scotland prompted them to write a children’s book and simultaneously advocate for tortoises. To many Indigenous peoples, the Tortoise and Turtle are the oldest symbol of Mother Earth and also symbolize rebirth. Following a book reading, Amy and Diane will be joined by special tortoise guests Tim and Rebel, residents of Herp Haven in Brunswick, and their handler, Denise Cieri, who will talk about her rescue work and the commitment involved in keeping a tortoise as a pet. Following the presentation, there will be a “turtle craft” for children.

Children’s book presentation with special tortoise guests Rebel & Tim!


It’s Never Too Late to Do What You Love
Presentation by Mary S. Build

Mary thought she wanted to be a nurse when she was growing up, but she soon learned that was not her passion. She married at 19, had herfirst child at 20, and thought that was where any future plans ended.
Something was missing in Mary’s life when she was 45. Setting out to find her true purpose, she gave up her job in the supermarket industry, moved to Maine, and started flying at 47. Mary will talk about what it was like to make that change, which allowed her to find her true purpose.
She will also talk about her flying adventures, including flights to Alaska and even being in a seaplane accident where the plane itself was underwater while she was in it.

Live Music

Don and Cindy Roy’s music is deeply rooted in two strains of Franco-American tradition: Quebecois (from Canada’s province of Quebec) and Acadian (from the Maritime provinces of Canada), both significant to the heritage of New England’s robust French- Canadian communities. In 2018 Don and Cindy were honored to receive the National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, our nation’s highest honor given to traditional musicians. Joining Don and Cindy is Jay Young on upright bass. Jay has depth in many music genres and is particularly deep in traditional music. He has been performing with Don and Cindy for nearly four decades.


Station 118

Stone Fox Farm Creamery

Beer and wine available from Station 118!



Claire Ackroyd Murder in the Maple Woods

William Anthony Farnsy

Patricia Baldus Love, Lutefisk, and Lemon Zest Sneakers

Phil Baker Hunger Hill

J. G. Breerwood Sinking Dixie

Nancy Arey Cohen Faraway Love

Rowland Creitz A Debt Too Dear; The Money Lake; To Touch the Earth Again

Charlene D’Avanzo Demon Spirit, Devil Sea; Glass Eels, Shattered Sea; Secrets Haunt the Lobsters’ Sea; The Shark, the Girl & the Sea

Peggy DeBlois The Toll Road North

Scott Dickerson Telling Stone

Irene M. Drago Daughters of Long Reach; The Maine Point; Lavinia Wren and the Sailmakers

Kathy Eliscu Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess

Bruce A. Fleming Battle Lines Drawn; Last Will & Punishment; Pressing Matters

Deborah Gould The Eastern, Book One; The Eastern, Book Two; Household

Norman R. Kalloch, Jr. 45th Parallel; Life in the Backwoods; A Long Way to Walk; Stranded

Beverly D. Knowles Echoes from Deane Mountain

Barbara Kent Lawrence Islands of Time; The Other Island: Ben’s Story

Robert Monroe Bungalow Terrace

Christopher W. Morin The Besieged; The Rebel’s Wrath; Rogue Plunder; A Tale of Life and War

James and Luanne Napoli Death in Venison

Brooke Pacy Vanishing Act

Robert Ristino The Illuminati Circle; The Illuminati Sanction

Jane Sloven Termination of Benefits

Robert Spencer Francena Hallett’s Heart; Prospects; The Spinster’s Hope Chest

Richard Wile Requiem in Stones


Betsy Headley The Clarity of Birds


Vickie Hughes Baron Maine Fun Facts Word Search Puzzle Books 1 & 2

Deborah Gould Rec’d Your Card…Thot You Was Dead

Susan A. Starr Memoirs of a Mad Innkeeper


Roger H. Greene In the Company of Trees

Margaret Jones Walking Sacred Sites

Vernita Leins Fostering Marcel; Josie’s Story

Don Reimer Seen Anything Good?

June Vail Folly Cove Sketches; The Passion of Perfection


Mary Build Finding Myself in Aviation

Laurie Apgar Chandler Through Woods & Water; Upwards

Bethany Lynne Davis In Deeper

Mimi Gough From Fledging to Flyer

Christopher G. Lockwood Why the Cane?

Christopher W. Morin Three Fab Felines; Three Labs a Lifetime

Richard Wile The Geriatric Pilgrim

Children’s/Middle Grade/ YA

Steph Carlson Little Sprout

Rae Chalmers Bear and the Oxbow Island Gang; Oxbow Island Gang: Leap Frog; Oxbow Island Gang: Lobster Graveyard; Oxbow Island Gang: Winter Crows

Gail Theroux Clark The Adventures of Eloise Violet and Madeline Rose: The Island

Mary Morton Cowan Trouble in Nathan’s Woods

Sandra Dunham The Spiritual Warrior

Amy Johnson and Diane Madden The Story of Neeps and Tattie

Samar Khuder The Aurantium Tree

Laurence H. Leavitt Ada Bea’s Downeast Adventure

Christopher G. Lockwood The Tennis Ball Trees

Brook Merrow Trapped

J. Philip Miller Milo Meander

Kathleen Murray-Allain The Girl with Berries

Robert Ristino Dogs vs. Aliens

Susan A. Starr The Amazing Adventures of Sammie the Salmon; The Birthright

Judi Valentine The Crystal Chain

Susan Vaughan Sleigh Magic


Children’s area hosted by the Coastal Children’s Museum!

Thank you to the General Knox Museum for generously allowing us to use their parking lot and for their continued support of the festival.

Stop by the museum and their vendor area on the way down to the Maine Authors Book Festival!

Make sure to stop by the Thomaston Public Library table to learn more about their program offerings.

The raffle ticket sales will be be split between
the Coastal Children’s Museum and the Thomaston Public Library!