Bangor Book Fest a page-turner

Posted Sept. 27, 2009, at 4:52 p.m.

The third annual Bangor Book Festival, being held Oct. 2-3 at the Bangor Public Library and the Bangor Opera House, features an ever-growing and diverse group of authors from Maine and beyond. The event brings novelists, poets, journalists, historians and essayists into wide-ranging discussions — all of which are free and open to the public.

Among the writers scheduled to speak is Douglas Preston, who will give the keynote address at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Bangor Opera House. Preston worked as a writer for the American Museum of Natural History and taught writing at Princeton. His works of journalism have been published in The New Yorker, Natural History, National Geographic, Harper’s, Smithsonian and The Atlantic. The author of several acclaimed nonfiction books, Preston is also co-writer with Lincoln Child of the best-selling series of novels featuring FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast.

University of Maine English professor Marcus LiBrizzi will give a talk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Bangor Public Library Lecture Hall on “Lost Atusville: A Black Settlement from the American Revolution,” his book, which provides an extremely rare look at African-American history and folklore in early Maine. At 10:15 a.m. in the library’s Story Room, authors Lucie Teegarden and Theresa Mattor will speak about the book they co-authored, “Designing the Maine Landscape,” a look at landscape architecture in Maine.

Local history is the focus of two lectures. The first, beginning at 10:15 a.m. in the library’s Board Room, is from local historians Dick Shaw, Wayne Reilly and Trudy Scee, and details Bangor’s history. The second, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the library Lecture Hall, will feature Donna Loring, Donald Soctomah and Kathleen Mundell, who will give a lecture titled “Native American Traditions, Then and Now.”

Alex Irvine, Rick Hautala and Mark LaFlamme, all Maine authors who write in the science fiction and horror genres, will give a talk titled “Writing in a Genre” at 11:30 a.m. in the library’s Board Room.

Gregory A. Zielinski, who has studied climatology, meteorology and geology throughout his long career, will talk about his book “Conditions May Vary: A Guide to Maine Weather,” at 2:30 p.m. in the library’s Lecture Hall. Zielinski, the former Maine state climatologist, in 2008 retired from his professorship at the University of Maine to focus on writing historical novels.

Brian Vander Brink is an architectural photographer whose book, “Ruin: Photographs of a Vanishing America,” was recently featured in an exhibit at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.” The book looks at abandoned architecture throughout the U.S. Vander Brink, a Camden resident, has had his photography published in everything from the New York Times and Architectural Digest to Down East Magazine.

The festival concludes with the artist Robert Shetterly’s inspiring and informative presentation “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” and with local antiquarian bookseller Bill Lippincott, who will offer a workshop at 3:45 p.m. titled “How Much is This Old Book Worth?” Finally, poet Sandra Hutchinson will give a reading, also at 3:45 p.m.

For more information on the Bangor Book Festival, visit www.bangorbookfest.org.

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