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 MAY 23rd,  @ 10am 

Please Note change in venue: The talk will take place in the bookstore

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

Thomaston, ME—After 13 years of struggle, and despite scoring several modest recording and publishing deals, Robert Reilly found himself broke and on the edge of despair. His pursuit of success in the music business was threatening to ruin his family life. He decided to give up his dream and take a steady job—as a prison guard. 

Robert Reilly served a seven-year term as a prison guard in Pennsylvania and at the Maine State Prison in Thomaston. When he was applying for the position, Reilly told the interviewer if he got the job he thought he could serve the community and maybe help some prisoners. The interviewer laughed out loud. Entering America’s industrial prison system in search of a way to support his young family, the struggling musician from England 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. 

But what surprised him when he first got to Maine was how the inmates came to accept was his co-workers that were the challenge for Reilly. 

See Reilly's interview on 207 News Center WCSH on 12/2/14 with Heather A O'Bryan

To call the experience sobering would be the ultimate understatement: “As time crawls by," Reilly says in the book,  "I become jealous of the inmates leaving the prison. I start to slip; I start to feel like I’m losing my faith. Any trace of innocence that I thought I still had starts to evaporate. I begin to feel trapped, imprisoned, locked in a dark heartbreaking world, just like an inmate.” 


Reilly lives in Maine with his wife and family and works as an outdoor education instructor.



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




EUPHORIA now 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.

Tea and coffee and cookies will be served.

Liza Bakewell, Ph.D., is a writer, anthropologist, and executive director of Maine Women Write. From 1992 to 2013 she was a professor of anthropology at Brown University. Her most recent book, Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun, was submitted to the National Book Circle Critics Award and was a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. 

 Kerry Michaels is a freelance photographer, writer, and multimedia producer. She photographed the book Growing the Northeast Garden, and her work has been published in many books, magazines, and websites. She was a co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film River of Steel and runs Flying Point Photography.


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. 

Melissa Sweet has illustrated nearly 100 children's books and written and illustrated three. From board books to picture books and nonfiction titles, her collages and paintings have appeared in the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living, on Madison Park Greetings and Smilebox cards, and on a line of eeBoo toys. She has received many awards including a Caldecott Honor Medal for a River of Words by Jen Bryant.

Mary Beth Owens is an award-winning author and illustrator of children's picture books, among themRemember Me: Tomah Joseph's Gift to Franklin Roosevelt.  Her first book A Caribou Alphabet is being reissued in a 25th anniversary edition this Spring with a new afterword about caribou in the twenty-first century. Mary Beth incorporates her passion for the natural world with her enthusiasm for children's books, and is currently working on a picture book about sea turtles. She teaches art at the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, Maine.

Jeannie Brett is a children's book illustrator and author. The illustrator of My Cat, Coon Cat, she is the author and illustrator of Wild About Bears, Little Maine, L is for Lobster, A Maine AlphabetFishing for Numbers, A Maine Numbers Book, and many more. She has illustrated state-themed board books of rhyming riddles  Brett has lived in Maine for more than three decades.

                                   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. For more information
visit his website:
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!

Compelling, poignant, enlightening stories from former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell about growing up in Maine, his years in the Senate, working to bring peace to Northern Ireland and the Middle East, and what he’s learned about the art of negotiation during every stage of his life.

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.


Thomaston, ME—After 13 years of struggle, and despite scoring several modest recording and publishing deals, Robert Reilly found himself broke and on the edge of despair. His pursuit of success in the music business was threatening to ruin his family life. Something had to change, or something was going to break. He decided to give up his dream and take a steady job—as a prison guard. 

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. 

To call the experience sobering would be the ultimate understatement: “As time crawls by, I become jealous of the inmates leaving the prison. I start to slip; I start to feel like I’m losing my faith. Any trace of innocence that I thought I still had starts to evaporate. I begin to feel trapped, imprisoned, locked in a dark heartbreaking world, just like an inmate.” 

Of the book, Billy Hayes, author of Midnight Express, said:
“Take a man, artist, musician, writer, and cast him down into the stone steel hell of prison, but not as an inmate, as a guard, with all the pressures and dangers and bizarre human interactions inherent in that situation and you have the setting for a powerful, brutally honest and inspiring book that will touch, shock and ultimately heal all those who read it . . .”

Robert Reilly lives in Maine with his wife and family.



Brock Clarke

 Thursday, June 25th @ 10am



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 in Porter Hall Auditorium, Skidompha Library at 10am to talk about his newest national best selling novel, THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.  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. Don't miss this talk! Q & A follows, along with the opportunity to meet Brock and sign copies of his books which will be available for purchase. The event is free. You can visit the author at


                       PREVIOUS AUTHOR EVENTS:

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.

McNair’s book represents a new departure for him. Long a poet of New England places, he takes a new path, writing about his mother's homeplace in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. “My mother was always tight-lipped about her feelings, and I wanted to know her more deeply by exploring the hill country where she grew up during the Dust Bowl Period,” he says, adding, “There are poems about her, too, woven all through it.” When he began, his mother had been admitted to an acute care center with only a few months left to live, and by the time he completed it, she had died. “The poems were inspired by the grief I felt and the need to reconcile with her,” McNair says. “But after her death, I also wrote to remember her. I've never written any book of poetry that goes this deeply into family feelings.”

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.

Sholl probes what there is still to learn from the devastations of the twentieth century, and she explores the roots of human envy, greed, and generosity in lively, unexpected ways, enacting the kinds of arguments we have with ourselves between control and relinquishment, grief and ecstasy, regret and acceptance, faith and skepticism. “This is work in which, as one poem memorably puts it, we must ‘unlatch our wounds and love our ruins.’” (David Wojahn)

The readings will begin at 6pm promptly followed by a lively discussion between the two poets and the audience. Refreshments will be served and the books will be available for purchase and signing. Please arrive early, as seating is limited. Can't make it?  we will gladly reserve signed copies of  their books to pick up at a later date. FMI call 563-3207, ask for Nicole




                            NINA MACLAUGHLIN


Author of ‚ÄčHAMMER HEAD: The Making of a Carpenter





Melissa Falcon Field was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from Texas State University. She has been a recipient of the Katherine Anne Porter Writer-in-Residence appointment and attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. For nearly a decade, she worked with Teach for America and AmeriCorps, in New York, Boston and San Francisco, as an inner city schoolteacher. Later, she later taught Creative Writing at small colleges across New England,  and the SALT school for documentary field work in Portland, Maine. In addition, she helped develop and pioneer the YEAR UP writing curriculum used nationally. Her writing has appeared in various literary magazines and journals, including: Hip Momma: , Kaliope Literary Journal, The Portland Phoenix, Across Curriculums, The Austin American Statesmen, The Hartford Courant and The Maine Scholar.  She divides her time between Madison, Wisconsin and Portland, Maine with her young son, her husband and three little brown hens. What Burns Away is her debut novel.

BILL ROORBACH is the author most recently of the bestselling novel Life Among Giants. Earlier books of fiction include the Flannery O’Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend and a ski novel, The Smallest Color. His nonfiction includes Into Woods, Temple Stream, and Summers with Juliet. The tenth anniversary edition of his craft book Writing Life Stories is used in writing programs around the world. He’s been published in Harper’s, Orion, the Atlantic, Playboy, the New York Times, Granta, New York, and dozens of other magazines and journals. Life Among Giants was an Editor’s Pick for Amazon’s Best of 2012, a Shelf Awareness Top Ten Best Fiction for 2012, a Columbus

Dispatch Top Ten Books of 2012, and the 2012 winner of the Maine Literary Award for Fiction. He lives in western Maine.



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
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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



Do you love us?

How much do you love The Maine Coast Book Shop? Enough to help me take advantage of author James Patterson's Million Dollar Pledge To Booksellers? Yes, Mr. Patterson believes so strongly in the future of independent bookstores, and realizes our struggles, that he has pledged to donate one million dollars of his personal fortune to independent bookstores that have a children's section. Bookstores can be awarded from $2,000 to $15,000.00.  If you would like to recommend MCBS for consideration, please go to www.jamespatterson.comand type in [      ] in the section marked "FAQ's Regarding James' $1 Million  Offer For Booksellers". It'll only take a moment and I would greatly appreciate it!
Susan and all of us (Lauri, Kathleen, Nicole, Shell, Chloe, Ethan, Liz, Lorillei, Ledlie) at the Maine Coast Book Shop 

thank you SO much! 


















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