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Our Thriller of a suspenseful week kicks off with none other than:


Saturday, June 13th @ 11am

Maine crime writer, Gerry Boyle, will read from his just released book, Once Burned, answer questions and talk about why Maine seems to attract so many mystery writers. Paul Doiron calls Gerry the Godfather of Maine NoirLike many crime novelists, Boyle began his writing career in newspapers, the best training ground ever. After Colby College, he knocked around, including stints as a roofer, a postman, and a manuscript reader at a big New York publisher. His first reporting job was with a weekly in the paper mill town of Rumford, Maine. After a few months it was on to the (Waterville, Maine) Morning Sentinel, where editors learned early on that he worked best when left to his own devices. He wrote about stuff he saw in police stations, courtrooms, in the towns and cities of Maine. Deadline came out in 1993. With an assist from Robert B. Parker, he landed a top-flight literary agent and the books came steadily after that. Fictional crime reporter,Jack McMorrow, and Boyle "grew up" together, though at different rates. Boyle is the author of nine previous McMorrow titles, as well as the Brandon Blake mystery series.

Gerry's event will be the first in our series of Suspense Events in June. Join Gerry's fans at the Maine Coast Book Shop for a thriller of a time. Can't make it? Call the bookstore at (207) 563-3207 to reserve a signed copy of Once Burned to pick up at a later date.

Book launch for Precipice
Our second guest author in the thriller genre for the week!
Tuesday evening, JUNE 16th at 6pm
Kicking off his Summer 2015 Tour, best-selling author of the Mike Bowditch, Maine Game Warden series (now translated into 10 languages) Paul Doiron will be at the bookshop to celebrate his tenth publication. A Maine native and former editor in chief at DownEast Magazine, he, perhaps more importantly, is a Registered Maine Guide in the deep north woods--- what more ideal setting for his deep dark thrillers?
Refreshments will be served. Please arrive early for the reading.
"Nobody knows the woods of Maine like the rugged individuals who eke out a living by hunting, fishing and cutting timber. And nobody knows the region's inhabitants like Mike Bowditch."  
-- The New York Times Book Review
"Combines a poet's appreciation of nature with the tension of a great thriller." -- John Connolly, NYTimes bestselling author of The Wolf in Winter
Doiron brings us utterly and convicingly into the Maine woods, and introduces us to a young, headstrong but heart-driven new charcter in the form of Mike Bowditch." -- Archer Mayor, NYTimes bestselling author of Proof Positive
Can't make it? Call the bookstore at (207) 563-3207 to reserve a signed copy of The Precipice to pick up at a later date. Paul's earlier books will also be available.
Our Perfect Grand Finale:


With Moderator: Gerry Boyle
               FRIDAY, JUNE 19th from 10am till Noon                                             at The Lincoln Theater
Inspired by the popular success of the Mystery Wtiters' Talk last December, MCBS is thrilled to continue by offering Maine's top crime and suspense novelists, Tess Gerritsen and Julia Spencer-Fleming in the Lincoln Theater. Join us for a lively discussion of all things murderous and gruesome, including the answer to what it is about Maine that feeds the imaginations of so many of its mystery and suspense writers. Our Master of Maine Noir, Gerry Boyle will provide the authors with dynamic,
challenging questions, and lots of laughs.
About the authors:

Internationally bestselling author, Tess Gerritsen, is an American novelist and retired physician, best known for her "Rizzoli and Isles" suspense series. Her earlier novels were romantic thrillers during which Gerritsen also wrote “Adrift”, her first screenplay. Gerritsen's first medical thriller, Harvest, was her first title to make it onto the New York Times bestseller list, but most definitely not her last. Releasing a title a year since then Gerritsen has become increasingly popular with die-hard fans and new fans every day. Her newest book, Die Again, was released in May. Her books have been published in forty countries and more than 30 million copies have been sold world-wide. She lives in Maine and writes full time.


Julia Spencer-Fleming is The New York Times bestselling author of Through The Evil Days , eighth in the Clare Fergusson suspense series which have won or been nominated for every American mystery award available, including the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Agatha. A former military brat, she studied acting and history at Ithaca College and received her J.D. at the University of Maine School of Law, writng her first novel while still a stay-at-home mother of two. She lives in a 190-year-old farmhouse in southern Maine with her husband and three children. 

Books will be available for purchase and booksigning including Tess's newest, Die Again, and Julia's Through the Evil Days, and Gerry's Once Burned.
A perfect opportunity to add to your collections.


note change:

 Thursday, JUNE 25th @ 11am

in the bookstore, not Porter Hall



On Thursday, June 25, Brock Clarke, author of six books of fiction, including national bestseller AN ARSONIST'S GUIDE to WRITERS' HOMES in NEW ENGLAND,(an American Library Associate Notable Book of the Year, a #1 Book Sense Pick, and NYTimes Book Review Editor's Choice Pick) and EXLEY,(a Kirkus Book of the Year,and finalist for the Maine Book Award) will be at the bookstore at 11am to talk about his national best selling novel, THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, to be released in paperback the week of the event.

A master of sharp, insightful and dark humor, Clarke has delivered a biting and controversial satire on the American obsession with security and the conspiracies that threaten it, along with a challenging reassessment of individual freedoms inherent in our "pursuit of happiness" at all costs.The real life, terrorist attacks in Paris at the magazine publisher, Charlie Hebdo, brings us closer to Clarke's fiction than we could have ever imagined. This is one of the funniest, darkest books I have ever read!  You won't want to miss this talk! Q & A and booksigning follows. The event is free. Visit the author at

“[The Happiest People in the World] is relentlessly, and often hilariously, wrong on purpose. Brock Clarke…has never shied away from the ridiculous plot twist or the implausible personality quirk. And this new book is packed with them: Indeed, it is built almost entirely out of them. There is essentially nothing in it that, removed from context, makes any sense. Not that you would want it to...I can think of no other contemporary novel so preoccupied with the nature of familial love and romantic longing, and no other in which people are so concerned with their own obligations, and so far from comprehending what they actually are.” – The New York Times Book Review

The Happiest People In The World is a hilarious spoof of American and European culture, politics, terrorism, marriage, romance, secret agents, small-town life, even the absurd advice of high school guidance counselors. This would be a wildly funny, unconventional spy and political correctness novel if its wacky characters and comic situations weren’t so sadly real.” - Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

“[Clarke] creates books that taste like delicious cuts of absurdity marbled with erudition.” – The Washington Post





Saturday, June 6th, 11am



“A taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace—a love triangle in extremis… King is brilliant.”










AMAZON, 100 BEST BOOKS OF 2014, #16



and now EUPHORIA is now #1 on the Indies Best Seller List in paperback!

  (Perfect size for your beach bag, bedside table, shoulder bag, carry-on etc)




THURSDAY. MAY 7th @ 1pm  

PORTER HALL, Skidompha Library

The Maine Coast Book Shop welcomes Liza Bakewell and Kerry Michaels for a slide show and talk in Porter Hall, Skidompha Library on Thursday, May 7th at 1 pm. Their new book,  A Gateless Garden, is an unprecedented collection of quotes by Maine women writers. Editor Bakewell has gathered together women’s voices from 1800 to present, The matching of quotes with photographs by Kerry Michaels accentuates just how much Maine women writers have energized the essence of place, strengthened women’s lives, and illuminated the human condition. In sum, A Gateless Garden is a meditation on community, collectivity, landscape, gardening, love, desire, and family, topics as ancient to women’s experiences as they are palpable to us today.



Liza Bakewell




Saturday May 9th, from 2 to 4pm, we will host a special children's event with three beloved Maine award-winning author/illustrators: Melissa Sweet, Jeannie Brett and Mary Beth Owens. Maine publisher, Islandport Press has just reissued the 1975 classic picture book, When the Sky is Like Lace, illustrated by legendary Maine artist Barbara Cooney and written by Elinor Lander Horwitz. Haunting and dreamlike, this classic picture book describes the strange-splendid and plum-purple things that occur when the sky is like lace. On a night on which anything can and indeed will happen, three girls venture out to listen to otters sing, eat spaghetti with pineapple sauce, and watch trees dance. Horwitz's playful text will delight and challenge readers to go out on a bimulous night with singing otters and sulky snails. Bewitching paintings by legendary artist Barbara Cooney complete the magic, using wispy and shadowy watercolors to portray that special place where only your imagination can take you. In celebration of this exclusive edition, we will have a limited number of just-signed copies by the author, and our special guests. They will read from the book, share fun painting activities and surprises with the kids, all inspired by Cooney's illustrations. Their most recent award winning books will also be available for sale and book signing following the event. 


                         TIM SAMPLE                                                                       New England's iconic humorist!                                  

FRIDAY MAY 15th @ 10 am                                                                               In the LINCOLN THEATER

Tim Sample is coming to the Lincoln Theater on Friday, May 15th for a rousing morning performance from 10am till noon. If he can't wake you up then nothing can! Tim Sample is a Maine native (went to high school in Boothbay) whose unique New England style
of humor has gained him a national following. When introducing Tim on ABC’s Good Morning America Charles Gibson referred to him as, “The man who wrote the book-literally, on Maine humor!” Legendary newsman Charles Kuralt has called Sample “Maine’s Humorist Laureate.’’ In addition to TV, radio and a dozen popular albums of “down east” humor, Tim spent eleven years (1993 -2004) as a regular correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, hosted by Charles OsgoodHe has written and/or illustrated over a dozen books, and is a sought-after narrator for films and audio books. He has performed thousands of shows, averaging 40 -50 concert and after-dinner appearances per year. 
Tim will share some of the quirkier aspects of growing up and living in Maine from his newest book, Answers to Questions Nobody Was Askin', as well as behind the scene glimpses into his long career in the entertainment business. If prompted, he might even play his guitar. Q&A to follow and time to chat with Tim Sample as he signs his books, which will be available for purchase before and after his talk. The event is free. Please arrive early as it starts promptly at 10am. Unable to attend? call the bookshop at (207) 563-3207 to reserve a signed copy to pick up at your convenience.

Former Senate Majority Leader, GEORGE J. MITCHELL  

          Friday, May 15th @1-3pm  in the bookshop        


Meet Senator Mitchell during this special booksigning in-store event, while he signs copies of his new memoir, The Negotiator.  Books will be available on May 5 and pre-sale orders are encouraged. Advanced purchase, with your MCBS receipt, will guarantee your spot at the head of the waiting line. Call to order 207-563-3207 or just stop by. Can't make the event? We will gladly reserve a signed copy for you to pick up at a leter date. (Note: pre-pay if you want your book personalized in addition to signature)

 Please arrive early as we predict a long line!

It’s a classic story of the American Dream. George Mitchell grew up in a working class family in Maine, experiencing firsthand the demoralizing effects of unemployment when his father was laid off from a lifelong job. But education was always a household priority, and Mitchell embraced every opportunity that came his way, eventually becoming the ranking Democrat in the Senate during the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.


ROBERT REILLY: MAY 23rd, @ 10am 

Congratulations!  Reilly was a recent recipient of the Independent Book Publishers Assoc. Benjamin Franklin Award silver medal for Best New Voice


Life In Prison: Eight Hours at a Time is one of three finalists for the Maine Literary Award for Best Memoir 2015

"As Reilly explores the ways a harsh prison environment affects inmates and corrections officers alike, he reveals thuggery and kindness on both sides of the cell doors. It's there in those traces of humanity that somehow persevere, that Life In Prison offers hope for healing the American corrections system"-- DownEast Magazine

Robert Reilly served a seven-year term as a prison guard in Pennsylvania and Maine. Entering America’s industrial prison system in search of a way to support his young family, the struggling musician found himself in a looking-glass world where, often, only the uniforms distinguished guards from prisoners.  Life in Prison chronicles the horrors of a place where justice is arbitrary, outcomes are preordained, and the private sector makes big money while the public looks away.  This is Reilly’s story of doing time. 

See Reilly's interview on 207 News Center WCSH on 12/2/14 with Heather A O'Bryan. Reilly lives in Maine with his wife and family and works as an outdoor education instructor.






Celebrate National Poetry Month @ MCBS twice!

Thursday, APRIL 23rd @ 6pm


      ANNIE FINCH                  GARY LAWLESS               EVE FORTI            



Thursday, APRIL 30th @ 6pm

Maine Poet Laureate, WESLEY MCNAIR

Former Laureate, BETSY SHOLL

In celebration of National Poetry Month

The Maine Coast book Shop will host Maine's Poet Laureate, Wesley McNair and former Laureate Betsy Sholl. The Poet Laureate is an honor bestowed upon a person whose work is nationally recognized and of exceptional quality. Mr. McNair will read from his new poetry collection, The Lost Child, Ozark Poems, and Ms. Sholl will read from her newest, Otherwise Unseeable. This is a rare opportunity to hear the two poets reading together.

Wesley McNair has been invited twice to read his poems by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and he has won numerous awards for his poetry over the years, including Rockefeller and Guggenheim fellowships, awards from some of the country's finest literary magazines, and a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America's “finest living artists.” At the April 30th event, he will not only read poems from The Lost Child, but explain how the collection evolved and how its poems have affected him.

Maine’s former Poet Laureate, Betsy Sholl has been writing poems for four decades. She is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Late Psalms and Don’t Explain, 1997 winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College and lives in Portland, Maine.                                        


                            NINA MACLAUGHLIN


Author of ‚ÄčHAMMER HEAD: The Making of a Carpenter







Peter Felsenthal


On 03/12/2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmBoothbay photographer, Peter Felsenthal, will be speaking and showing slides at the FARMS Conference and Kitchen Center upstairs at Rising Tide Community Market in Damariscotta,on March 12, co-hosted by the Maine Coast Book Shop.His book,NEW GROWTH:A PORTRAIT OF SIX MAINE ORGANIC FARMS is a loving tribute and visual feast for the eyes. His growing awareness of the increasing interest in farming filled him with an abiding respect for the six hard-working families, self-sustaining business managers and stewards of their land and animals. Felsenthal's glorious images and text illustrate both the value and day-to-day lives of these farmers through a year and a half of chronicling.He learned that "all the soil is different, all the farms are different...They are doing something where they are putting their body on the line as well as their minds." The organic farms represented are: Goranson in Dresden, Six River in Bowdoinham, Balfour in Pittsfield,Fuzzy Udder Creamery and South Paw Farm in North Whitefield, Squire Tarbox on Westport Island, and Buckwheat Blossom in Wiscasset. Your appreciation for what it takes to run a farm will blossom in front of your eyes. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk. The event is free and open to the public.


 Music agent and former manager for the Grateful Dead, Richard Loren, will be at Porter Hall in Damariscotta on Jan. 23, 2015,. A personal manager for Gerry Garcia and the Dead from 1974-1981, he also represented many headline artists including the Jefferson Airplane and The Doors, and produced numerous large-scale special events nationally and internationally during some of the most pivotal years in rock music history.

Now Richard Loren has written a lively and colorful memoir HIGH NOTES about his coast-coast coming of age from the 1960's to the 80's "when the music leapt from the underground to the
mainstream. It's the story of rock & roll itself... and how young men like Loren were swept up in the madness and magic of it all." ( David Browne, Rolling Stone, Contributing Editor)





 Warren Riess' book launch, Fri. Nov. 28th @ 11am was a huge success thanks to Warren and all those who attended.




In January 1982, archaeologists conducting a pre-construction excavation at 175 Water Street in Lower Manhattan found the remains of an eighteenth-century ship. The Ship That Held Up Wall Street by Warren Riess, tells the whole story of the discovery, excavation, and study of what came to be called the “Ronson ship site,” named for the site’s developer, Howard
Ronson. Entombed for more than 200 years, the Princess Carolina proved to be the first major discovery of a colonial merchant ship, and was so difficult to identify that only the merging of historical,archaeological, zoological, and botanical analyses allowed the author to discover its origin and story.

Marine archaeologist, WARREN C. RIESS, PHD, is a research associate professor in the departments of history, anthropology, and marine sciences at the University of Maine, and was principal investigator of the Ronson ship site. He is also the author of
The Angel Gabriel. Join us as we celebrate the Maine release of Warren's new book.



                         Firehouse Forum airs on LCTV!

LCTV is on cable channel 7 in Alna, Bristol, Damariscottta, Dresden,Edgecomb, Newcastle, Nobleboro, Waldoboro, Westport Island and Wiscasset. They also stream the channel on their website - - so those without cable can watch it on the internet. Our range is the world! They will also be available to view on our website ( soon.


Show Detail: Firehouse Forum I - Native Americans


Event Date: 11/8/2013

Length: 00:58:48

Category: Literature

Producer: Jack Peters

9/29/2014 at 10:30 PM
9/30/2014 at 3:00 AM
9/30/2014 at 12:30 PM
10/6/2014 at 10:30 PM


Show Detail: Firehouse Forum II - Irish Immigration


Event Date:  3/17/2014

Length:  00:58:53

Category:  Literature

Producer:  Ethan Bartholomae - Maine Coast Book Shop

10/2/2014 at 11:00 PM
10/3/2014 at 3:30 AM
10/3/2014 at 8:00 PM
10/5/2014 at 12:00 PM



             FIREHOUSE  FORUM
          "Maine Maritime History"
                  Thursday, Oct.9th
                                                *Reservations required
                                                           $10 per person
                 Dr.Warren Riess
                      George Daughan
                        Lincoln Paine
                & James Nelson:


   Maine Maritime History

The Maine Coast Book Shop is pleased to announce the third Firehouse Forum in its author series on Thursday, October 9th from 7 to 9pm which takes place in the beautiful Firehouse Center in Damariscotta. The theme for the panel discussion will be Maine Maritime History, featuring three outstanding maritime author historians: Lincoln Paine, George Daughan and James Nelson. Their esteemed moderator is Dr. Warren Riess, maritime historian, author and marine archaeologist. Imminently knowledgeable in their field and generous with their expertise, we are unquestionably lucky to have all four presently residing in Maine. Each of the authors has written compelling and invaluable histories which illustrate Maine's special place in world maritime affairs and which demonstrate how this integral connection to the sea continues to play an important role economically, politically, socially and technologically. 

Launched in 2013 to an enthusiastic and full house, the Firehouse Forum was developed as a way to connect readers, writers and anyone interested in theme-based literary programs, in the mid-coast region, while providing authors an opportunity to engage with one another and the audience in conversation about their books and their experience in writing them. The moderator stimulates and encourages dynamic discourse between the authors followed by a lively Q&A with the audience, and books will be available for purchase and book signing during the reception.The two previous panels examined the topics of Maine Native Americans and Irish Immigration. 

A brief bio of the authors will be followed in more depth in the weeks to come:

Portland resident, Lincoln Paine has written five books and more than fifty articles, reviews and lectures on maritime history, including Down East: A Maritime History of Maine, and his most recent book, The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World, is the 2014 winner of the Maine Literary Award for nonfiction. 

George Daughan is a two time winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, first for his first book, If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy from the Revolution to the War of 1812 and this October for 1812: The Navy's War, and a recipient of the 2012 gold medal in history from the Independent Publisher's Association, George Daughan's most recent book is The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex During the War of 1812. George resides in Portland.

James Nelson is the author of seventeen works of maritime fiction and history, including George Washington's Secret Navy (winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison award for naval history) and a most exciting new novel, Finn Gall, about vikings in Ireland. He lives in Harpswell.

Dr. Riess is Research Associate Professor of History, Anthropology, and Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. His research and teaching have focused on the maritime history and archaeology of Colonial and Revolutionary America. He published The Angel Gabriel : The Elusive English Galleon and many articles about maritime history and archaeology. Currently President of the North American Society for Oceanic History, his new book, The Ship That Held Up Wall Street, is due in November.


All are invited to share in the challenging heritage of seafaring. We are looking forward to this important event, by reservation only, tickets are $10.00. Seating is limited! To reserve seats and purchase tickets please or FMI call the bookstore at (207)563-3207.



Lily King

Thursday, July 10

Porter Hall, Skidompha Library




Saturday, June 21st 

Book Launch

Sarah Payne Stuart

Here in the bookshop





"House in the Sky"

Saturday, June 21st 7-9pm @ Porter Hall

                       Skidompha Library                                                                              *reservations suggested         


Best Books of 2013
Vogue, Globe and Mail, Amazon, iBooks, The Huffington Post, Outside
New York Times Noteable Book
Oprah’s Winter Reading List

Thursday, June 26th
Maine Women Write Book Club hosts:
Linda Greenlaw
Firehouse Center
*reservation required
Thursday, June 26th
Chats with Champions presents:
Julia Spencer Fleming
Porter Hall, Skidompha Library


President Taft "Was" Stuck in the Bath! A recent visit by Chris Van Dusen to the bookshop......



"The Footloose American"

Brian Kevin was here to launch his new book on May 31st....thanks to Brian and all who attended!





                                        Richard Blanco here at the bookshop after a sold out

                                                      appearance at  Lincoln Theater May3rd.



Some students from the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb shared their delightful poetry stanzas they wrote



















 For reservations please call 1-888-563-3207 or e-mail the bookshop