CALAIS — Jane Austen Book Group discusses “The Watsons” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, Calais Bookshop, 405 Main St. For book group schedule call 454-1110.
ORONO — John Lynn, Distinguished Professor of Military History at Northwestern University, lecture on “The Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated: The Apparent Demise and Surprising Resurrection of Academic Military History” at 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 25, at the University of Maine, Bodwell Lounge, Collins Center for the Arts. RSVP Suzanne Moulton at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15.
ELLSWORTH — Longfellow at the Library, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Ellsworth Public Library. “A Psalm of Life: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in His Own Words” is a selection of material that has been written by Spencer Moore. The audience also will hear “The Children’s Hour”; selections from “The Village Blacksmith”; “The Building of the Ship”; “Hiawatha” and “Evangeline,” as well as material from selected journal entries and letters.
For more information, contact the library at 667-6363.
CAMDEN — The Watershed School’s Amnesty International group’s “Freedom of Expression” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14, Camden Public Library. Features readings from Maine authors and others.
BANGOR — Books2Eat: The Contest to Create an Edible Book, Eastern Maine Community College Library’s annual contest for cooks and book lovers, 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at EMCC’s Library in Katahdin Hall. For information or an entry form, contact Janet Blood at 974-4606 or email email@example.com.
ROCKLAND — An Evening of Poetry by Dave Morrison and Dawn Potter at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, Rockland Public Library.
CARMEL — Annual book and plant sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, May 13, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, Simpson Memorial Library, intersections of Routes 2 and 69.
PORTLAND — Book discussion with Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and author of “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them,” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, University of Southern Maine University Events Room, seventh floor of Glickman Family Library. Free and open to the public. Barbara Kelly, 780-4072.
EAST ORLAND — Writers Tawanda Chabikwa, Jeff Foltz and Sharon Bray will read from their own work on WERU’s “Writers Forum”, at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14, on Community Radio WERU.
CASTINE — Reception for author Daniel S. Parrott, Maine Maritime associate professor of marine transportation, on his recent publication of “Bridge Resource Management for Small Ships: The Watchkeeper’s Manual for Limited-Tonnage Vessels” 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Harborview Room of the Harold Alfond Student Center at MMA.
OWLS HEAD — Family Caregiver Support Group for Home Care to discuss slow medicine, as it is described in Dr. Dennis McCullough’s new book “My Mother, Your Mother” at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Owls Head Homestead, 7 North Shore Drive.
BANGOR — Literacy Volunteers of Bangor will offer a six-week session on Basic Literacy Tutor Training 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at United Technology Center, 200 Hogan Road. Course fee $35. Call 947-8451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEWISTON — Dinaw Mengestu, one of the “20 Under 40″ writers deemed worth watching by The New Yorker magazine in 2010, will give a reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at Bates College, Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave. Free to the public. For more information, call 786-6202 or 786-6326.
ROCKLAND — A Swarm of Poets, with readings by more than a dozen area poets including Rockland Poet Laureate Kendall Merriam, is slated for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Rockland Public Library. Special accommodations for people with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice. Free to the public. 594-0310.