On Saturday, May 1, for the first time in its history, Maine Media Women invites the public to the afternoon segment of its annual May meeting, this year being held at the 1812 Farm on Route 130.

From 1 to 3:15 p.m., Maine Media Women will host Carol Brightman of Walpole. Brightman is known for her nonfiction including “Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy and her World,” “Total Insecurity: the Myth of American Omnipotence” and “Sweet Chaos: the Grateful Dead’s American Adventure,” but now is venturing into fiction. She will talk about her new book, “Scouting the Perimeter,” a work of historical fiction.

The novel tells a family saga of two disparate worlds linked by family members, some living in Alaska, others in Cuba 130 years ago. The story is based on the adventures of numerous Brightman ancestors who left Maine for Alaska in the 1880s; and on others who sailed out of New Bedford for Cuba during the same years. Brightman also will talk about how publishing has changed since her first book came out and answer questions from the audience.

Brightman won a National Book Award for her nonfiction book “Drawings and Digressions,” co-authored with Larry Rivers; and a National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography for “Writing Dangerously.” She is the recipient of an Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature.

For a donation of $10 to the MMW Scholarship Fund, guests can bid on the silent auction and attend the Brightman presentation. For more information, www.mainemediawomen.org; send e-mail to sbart@tidewater.net; or call 563-8377.