Beginning Tuesday, July 13, Belfast Free Library will host three Tuesday evening author talks. Each program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 338-3884, ext. 10.

On July 13, Maine author Patricia Hughes will give an illustrated talk about her new book, “Maine’s Waterfalls: A Comprehensive Guide.” On July 20, author and illustrator Loretta Krupinski will give a slide presentation on her book “Looking Astern: An Artist’s View of Maine’s Historic Working Waterfront.” On July 27, there will be a special poetry reading with four of the Maine poets featured in “Maine in Four Seasons: 20 Poets Celebrate the Turning Year,” edited by Wesley McNair.

Hughes’ book explores 177 waterfall sites found in the 16 counties of Maine. In her presentation, Hughes will describe how these waterfalls shaped Maine’s history from prehistoric times to the present; how they were vital to survival for the first people living there — as travel challenges, hindrances to the logging industry and as ambush spots for attacking Indians. They continue to be important to the economy today, not only as tourist destinations but also as a means to bring power to the state through the usage of dams.

Hughes’ previous book is “Lost Loot: Ghostly New England Treasure Tales,” which explores the treasure-rich and mysterious history of New England. Books will be available to purchase for signing at the library program.

In her recently published volume from Down East Books, nationally recognized maritime artist Krupinski offers meticulously rendered oil paintings that show fascinating details of Maine’s waterfront towns in their heyday, when fishing, quarrying and the cargo trade were the backbone of the coastal economy. Historic photographs and text about how Maine people made their living 70 to 150 years ago round out this rich and varied portrayal of a past way of life. Her July 20 slide show and talk is a great opportunity to hear one of Maine’s premier artists discuss her recent work.

Each of the participating poets July 27 has poems from a different season in the anthology and will read poetry about that season. Elizabeth Tibbetts will represent spring; Martin Steingesser, summer; Patricia Ranzoni, fall; and Kristen Lindquist, winter. “Maine in Four Seasons” includes not only contemporary poets from around the state but also a range of Maine’s earlier poets, from Longfellow to Robinson to Millay. The readers will sample some of the earlier work together with their own. The book’s illustrator, Jan Owen, will kick off the reading by showing some of her original work for the book and describing her creative process.

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