Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance is sponsoring a reading and reception with Pulitzer Prize winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout as a benefit for the Community School of Camden.

The event will take place Sunday, June 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., and will include a reading; wine and hors d’oeuvres; a question and answer session with the author; and a book signing.

Strout, author of “Amy & Isabelle,” “Abide with Me” and Olive Kitteridge,” grew up in Portland and now divides her time between Maine and New York. At the opera house, she will read from “Olive Kitteridge” and will be introduced by fellow Maine writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo.

“In an age when there seems to be at least 10 of everything, Elizabeth Strout is a singular writer. Her clear voice and unsparing vision set her apart,” said Russo of Strout, who is currently working on a new novel set in Maine and New York City.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the Community School and Owl & Turtle Book Shop. All proceeds raised will benefit the tuition assistance fund of the Community School. In addition to MWPA, generous sponsors of this event include Charles and Julie Cawley, Richard and Mary Jane Schotte, Richard and Barbara Russo, The Maine Magazine and Maine Home & Design, with additional support from Camden Public Library.

For more information, or to order tickets, call the Community School at 236-3000, ext. 110, or visit

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