Camden baker and cookbook author Elinor Klivans will be serving up chocolate cake and signing her newest cookbook, “Chocolate Cakes: 50 Great Cakes for Every Occasion,” Saturday, June 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Left Bank Books, 21 E. Main St./Route 1. The downtown event is free and open to the public; all chocolate lovers and bakers are invited.

Klivans, a former pastry chef, is the author of such best-selling cookbooks as “Cupcakes!,” “Big Fat Cookies” and “The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook”; and has written for Fine Cooking and Bon Appetit magazines. Her newest cookbook is pure chocolate heaven, with recipes for bakers of every skill level. There are tube cakes, rolled cakes, layer cakes, sheet cakes, loaf cakes, ice cream cakes, cakes that can be mixed, baked and served in under an hour and tiered masterpieces filled with peanut butter mousse or frosted with truffle ganache — in short, cakes of every size, shape and color, as long as the flavor is chocolate.

For more information or to reserve signed copies of “Chocolate Cakes,” call Left Bank Books at 548-6400. The shop is open daily.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to