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Literary Marketplace


Book signings, word-related merchandise and swag, mini readings and workshops, delicious conversations, delicious food, and so much more.

Have you wondered if there are any good book groups in the area? Are you looking for a stack of books for Christmas giving? Have you wondered how to take your writing to the next level? Have you wondered where to eat lunch on Sat., Oct. 21? Do you want your copy of Motherless Brooklyn signed by Jonathan Lethem? Are you looking for a book bag to haul away your purchases?

All this and more, at the Literary Marketplace, American Legion Hall and First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.

We are delighted that the artwork of Heidi Daub, a painter and a poet, will be displayed during the Literary Marketplace.

Food (Jonathan Fisher Hall, Congregational Church)

Food will be available for sale all day in the marketplace, with lunch featuring El El Frijoles burritos. After the marketplace closes at 5 pm, the room will be transformed into a cafe, and dinner--chowder and chili for a suggested donation of $10--will be served at 6pm, directly following the poetry reading in the sanctuary upstairs.

Poets from the Poetry Crawl will be available to sign books at the Blue Hill Books table. At 7pm, everyone is invited upstairs again for Spoken Words!

Vendors (Jonathan Fisher Hall, Congregational Church)

Blue Hill Books—works by all festival authors, who will be there at specified hours to sign them.

Signing schedule: 11 am, Kim Ridley; 11:30 am Cynthia Lord; 12:30 pm Jonathan Lethem; 1 pm Steve Pickering; 1:30 pm Deborah Joy Corey; 2:30 pm Megan Frazer Blakemore, Ellen Booraem, Maria Padian; 6-7 pm, all Poetry Crawl participants.

Word will have its own table, where you can buy book-bags and clothing with the Word. logo, or design and print your own Word keepsake.

The Telling Room, Portland— books written by students in the organization’s workshops for kids ages 6-18.

Michele Levesque, Sargentville—artwork made from books.

Gigi Sarsfield, Brooklin—handmade paper

Katie Greene, Brooklin—handcrafted books.

Self-published authors will be there to sell and sign their books.

∙ Nonprofit organizations will hand out information and answer questions. They include: East Blue Hill Library, The Gatherings (Surry), The Harbor School (Blue Hill), The Millay House (Rockland), Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc., and community radio station WERU-FM (Orland).

Activities for all ages (Legion Hall)

∙ What does Blue Hill Mountain mean to you and your community? Tell us, in three words or less, on the Blue Hill Mountain Word Board, courtesy of Blue Hill Heritage Trust.

∙ We are poets! Write a line or two on the Day-Long Poem, set up with a Word volunteer to guide you.

∙ Dress up! Between 2-4 pm, local teacher, children’s book author, and world traveler Kelly Cunnane will offer an interactive workshop with African artifacts and clothing to make her books come alive. She’ll show you how to dress like one of her characters.

Readings and discussion (Dolly Fisher Room, Congregational Church)

∙ 10:30 a.m. Self-published author Paul Newlin will read from his book, The Adventures of Jack Armstron: The Not-Quite All-American Boy, followed by a discussion of the publishing difficulties faced by older writers. 

∙ Noon. Peg Cruikshank will join Paul to continue the discussion of elder writers.  Cruikshank is a retired women’s studies professor from the University of Maine and an associate of the university’s Cetner on Aging. She is the author of Fierce with Reality: Literature on Aging.


∙ 1 pm Generation shift! Open mic reading by young-adult poets, hosted by Blue Hill Harbor School Poets.  

∙ 3:30 pm Lacey Leach, Blue Hill, will share her experiences writing and publishing her young-adult fantasy novel In My Brother’s Shadow