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Maine Authors Book Festival canceled

Community Author: Maine Authors Publishing
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THOMASTON — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maine Authors Publishing is sad to announce the cancellation of the second annual Maine Authors Book Festival scheduled to be held in Thomaston on Aug. 29.

 

Last year, the town of Thomaston, with the support of the Henry Knox Museum, allowed the closure of upper High Street and extra parking for the festival, which hosted over thirty local Maine authors of varying genres. The event included book signings, presentations, a children’s tent run by the Coastal Children’s Museum, raffles and live music.

 

“We had plans to expand the festival this year,” said Jane Karker, president of Maine Authors Publishing. “We were excited to have Tilbury House Publishers join us as well as being able to celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial. We rented a second large tent and arranged for local food trucks to attend.”

 

The festival has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. Fellow Thomaston publisher Tilbury House will be part of the event, and all plans will remain the same besides the date. There will be author signings, presentations, live music by Castlebay, and refreshments from local food trucks. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to support the Maine Humanities Council’s Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book and the Coastal Children’s Museum.

 

“As sad as it is to cancel the festival this year, the safety of the community that has supported us for so many years is more important,” said Karker. “We look forward to seeing everyone next year to celebrate Maine’s talented authors.”

 

Maine Authors Publishing and Tilbury House Publishers are both based in Thomaston.

 

Tilbury House is an independent publishing company founded 40 years ago. Their children’s book division became a major emphasis beginning in the early 1990s, and since then they have continued to publish award-winning children’s picture books for both the trade and education markets.

 

Maine Authors Publishing has been bringing local stores, readers, and writers together since 2009. As a cooperative-style publisher, their goal is to support local independent authors throughout the publishing process with services such as editing, design, printing, a trade catalog, distribution, and marketing assistance. All titles are vetted for writing and design quality. Submissions are still being accepted while the office operates remotely.

For more information about the Maine Authors Book Festival, visit MaineBookFestival.com and MaineAuthorsPublishing.com.