BANGOR – Maine writer Ardeana Hamlin will read from and sign copies of her new novel, “Abbott’s Reach,” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 9, at the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. For information, call 947-8336.
BELFAST – “as if” stories, an ongoing series of readings of short stories by Maine writers performed by Maine actors, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. The evening will feature three short stories: “She Loved to Cook but Not Like This” by Brock Clarke, read by Morten Hansen; “Slow Monkeys” by Jim Nichols, read by Dennis Harrington; and “Officer Friendly” by Lewis Robinson, read by Nathan Raleigh. Suggested donation is $8; refreshments. www.aarhusgallery.com; 338-0001.
CAMDEN – Reading and reception with Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout, 4-6 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at The Rockport Opera House. Book-signing table sponsored by The Owl and Turtle Book Shop. The Community School in Camden arranged the event. Tickets $25 and are available at The Community School and The Owl & Turtle. All proceeds will benefit the tuition assistance fund of The Community School. For more information, call 236-3000, ext. 110, or visit www.thecommunityschool.org.
ELLSWORTH – Ellsworth Public Library book discussion of “Stern Men” by Elizabeth Gilbert, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the library, 20 State St.
LIMESTONE – Book sale, noon to 6 p.m. Friday, June 3, noon to 4 p.m. Friday, June 3, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Robert A. Frost Memorial Library, 42 Main St. For information, call 325-4706.
UNITY – A talk by John Zavodny, professor of philosophy and humanities at Unity College, on “Life After Philosophy: Edification, Imagination, and Advocacy,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Camden Public Library. Presented by the Camden Philosophical Society. Free.