Mark your calendar: Literary Festival

Posted Nov. 04, 2009, at 4:12 p.m.

The theme for the 2009 Maine Literary Festival, set for Saturday evening at the Camden Opera House, is new voices in American literature and writers from the cross-cultural experience. Writers from diverse cultures and ethnic experience, whose award-winning novels, nonfiction and poetry are capturing the attention of readers from Maine and beyond, will participate. The diverse list of speakers ranges from Shilpa Agarwal (right), an Indian American whose first novel, “Haunting Bombay,” is a winner of the 2003 First Words Literary Prize for South Asian writers, to Maine’s own Jaed Coffin (left), author of “A Chant To Soothe Wild Elephants,” which documents his childhood in Thailand. Other guests include Passamaquoddy author Allen Sockabasin, University of Maine literature professor Judy Hakola and children’s author and illustrator Ashley Bryan. The three-hour program of presentations, readings and panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a reception for authors and participants at the opera house, and book signings. Admission is $50, with a special $30 rate for students, and tickets are available at the Camden Opera House box office, or at www.camdenoperahouse.com.

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