New England Book Festival honors three midcoast authors

Posted Jan. 02, 2012, at 2:01 p.m.

Three books from Maine Authors Publishing have received honorable mentions from the New England Book Festival Awards.

Tenant’s Harbor author Kathleen A. Fox wrote “The Good: How I Found Peace in a Chaotic World,” which was honored in the spirituality category.

Fox shares an honest account of her spiritual path and how she attained enlightenment. She seeks goodness and finds it in her community on the St. George peninsula.

“Birkebeiner” by Camden author Jeff Foltz was honored in the general fiction category.

“Birkebeiner” is a historical novel set in 13th century Norway. This Scandinavian war saga details the efforts of a mother and two warriors to flee with the baby Hakon, heir to the Norwegian crown, through treacherous winter valleys and over a 7,000-foot snow-blown mountain. A mother’s compulsion to protect her children is timeless and primal. War is insidious and ageless. “Birkebeiner” is a story of both.

“Togus: A Coon Cat Finds a Home,” was written by Don Carrigan of Walpole and illustrated by Thomas Block, also of Walpole. It was honored in the children’s category.

Everyone wants and needs love, but some have to wait a long time to find it. That’s what happened to Togus the cat. Togus is a 22-pound Maine coon cat, with a personality as big as his body. That’s what made him the “storm center mascot” of the WCHS-TV Morning Report. This is the true story of how he was rescued and found his way, finally, into a loving home. Togus may be a cat, but his search for love and family is common to all of us.

The New England Book Festival is held each winter in Boston. The award honors books that show general excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story, and that have the potential to reach a wider audience.

Maine Authors Publishing, located in Rockland, provides a cooperative-style model for self-publishing and offers a variety of production and marketing services for independent Maine authors who want to publish their books and get them into the hands of their readers.

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