Two Maine authors will take readers to different places in July at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Ed Webster will share his slides and stories about his climbs up Mount Everest; and Melissa Coleman will read from her memoir about growing up during the back-to-the-land movement in Maine. Books will be available to purchase for signing at both events.

On Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m., author and climber Webster for a slide presentation about his Mount Everest expeditions. Webster’s book, “Snow in the Kingdom: My Storm Years on Everest,” is an autobiography of his five years on and off Mount Everest and is the basis for this presentation.

A milestone in American mountaineering literature, “Snow in the Kingdom” is an adventure story penned in the tradition of the great explorers; a seminal document on modern lightweight, ethical Himalayan climbing; and a deeply personal account of one man’s search for redemption and achievement while pioneering an uncharted route up Everest’s most dangerous side.

An author, lecturer, publisher, and photojournalist, Webster also has written two definitive guidebooks, “Rock Climbs in the White Mountains of New Hampshire” and “Climbing in the Magic Islands to the Lofoten Islands of Arctic Norway.” His articles and photographs have been published in dozens of magazines, including Sierra Club Books and National Geographic.

On Wednesday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m., Coleman will offer a reading and share insights about her recently published memoir, “This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone.” Set on a rugged coastal homestead during the 1970s, “This Life is in Your Hands” introduces a superb young writer driven by the need to uncover the truth of a childhood tragedy and connect anew with the beauty and vitality of the back-to-the land ideal that shaped her early years.

As a freelance writer, Coleman has written about health, gardening, food, art and travel. Her father, Eliot Coleman, remains one of the most revered and influential organic farmers in the country, a trailblazer in the locavore and the whole food movements.

For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

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