Books in Boothbay

Debut novelist Caitlin Wahrer, hailed by Stephen King, to attend event

Wahrer joins nearly 40 authors for the state’s premier book fair Sept. 11

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    Books in Boothbay, a free, family-friendly literary event now in its 17th year, announces a growing lineup of Maine authors, including debut novelist Caitlin Wahrer, author of “The Damage,” lauded by Stephen King as a must-read for “pulling him in from the first page” and by The New York Times as one of the “buzziest new books” and “a rollercoaster of terror, marked by whip-fast twists and turns.”

    Wahrer joins nearly 40 other Maine authors who have signed up to meet fans and sign books at the 17th Annual Books in Boothbay on Saturday, Sept. 11 at  Railway Village Museum, 586 Wiscasset Road/Route 27, in Boothbay.

    To help ensure sufficient social distancing, there will be two sessions: 9 a.m. to noon  and 1 to 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from on-site book sales, facilitated by Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shops, benefit both the railway village and the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.

    “The funds from this event will go toward adult and children’s free public programming including children’s early literacy kits, authors’ talks, and movie nights at the library,” says Joanna Breen, executive director at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. “Our mission is to create a welcoming space in which to explore ideas, foster community, and nurture individual growth through open access to the tools to learn, dream, connect, and do. Books in Boothbay helps us do just that.”

    Author Line-up, Morning Session 9 a.m. to noon:  Kerri Arsenault, Danielle Bannister, Hilary Bartlett, Cheryl Blaydon, 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, James M. Wright, and Caitlin Wahrer

    Author Line-up, Afternoon Session 1 to 4 p.m.:  Ellen Booraem, Charlene D’Avanzo, Jean Flahive, Kate Flora, Cheryl Gillespie, Jason Grundstrom-Whitney, Vaughn C. Hardacker, Gerry W. Hawes, Tom Huntington, Len Mattano, Michelle Menting, Dave Patterson, Dale T. Phillips, Lynne Schmidt, Bette Stevens, and Thomas Urquhart.                                                                                                                       

    Author line-up subject to change, so be sure to visit the event blog at or follow us at

    Admission to the book fair is always free. Those who would like to enjoy other exhibits at the Railway Village Museum can purchase tickets on-site.

    Come hungry for breakfast - CC Snack Company’s taco truck will serve breakfast tacos from 9 to 11 a.m.

    Books in Boothbay is the largest and longest running book fair in the state of Maine. The annual family-friendly event attracts authors from across the state and book lovers everywhere.  For more information, visit or follow @booksinboothbay, and Facebook for updates.



    Event Date: 

    Sat, 09/11/2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm


    586 Wiscasset Road
    Boothbay, ME 04537
    United States