On Friday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m., author and illustrator Karin Mesa will introduce her book “Oliver the Overachiever” during a free reception at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. All are welcome to attend the party for a reading and book signing, snacks and beverages and related activities for children.

Mesa, with her lush illustrations, creates a whimsical world for Oliver, an anole lizard. His playful spirit and love of living creatively spreads a sense of wonder and new possibilities throughout his tropical world. Oliver and his friends prove throughout the reading that they can be anything they want to be and that even a small person can create great effects and improve one’s world.

Mesa is currently working on the sequel, “Oliver Anole and the Wild Grasshopper Rodeo,” and five other titles are in the planning stage at her Tarpon Springs, Fla. studio. The first book was runner-up in the 2011 Beach Book Festival and was given a Preferred Choice Award by Creative Child Magazine. Oliver was featured on the nationally syndicated news show “Daytime” earlier this year. The segment was filmed at La Mancha Glass Gardens, the one-acre botanical garden studio she has shared with her husband, glass artist Julian Mesa, for the past 20 years. To subscribe to her blog and communicate to the artist by phone and email, visit karinmesa.com.

For more information about Oliver’s tour of Maine and the Belfast reception, contact Lorna Crichton at 322-3417 or send email to Lorna@waterfallarts.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.