In conjunction with the Belfast Bound Book Festival, Bellabooks at 135 High St. will offer three days of signings, readings and poetry with some of Maine’s top authors, illustrators and poets.

The weekend’s events will start Friday evening with a reading and signing with Elizabeth Hand from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Hand has received Notable Book of the year designations from both The New York Times and the Washington Post and has won top honors in every genre in which she has written. She will read from her latest book, “Radiant Days,” written specifically for the young adult market but with real crossover appeal.

On Saturday, Bath-based author Kieran Shields will read and sign his debut novel “The Truth of All Things,” an historical thriller that has received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly, from 1 to 2 p.m. From 3 to 4 p.m., Elisabeth Tova Bailey will sign copies of her highly acclaimed “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating,” a poignant memoir of her yearlong observations of a wild Maine woodland snail while bedridden with a neurological illness.

The Belfast Poetry Showcase Saturday at 6:30 p.m. will feature readings from local notables including Ellen Sander, former rock ‘n’ roll journalist and San Francisco Bay Area literati; Sheila Holtz, international found artist poet and publisher; Shelley Johnson, statewide Maine Postmark Poetry Contest finalist; Joel Lipman, found arts scholar, Bayside presence and Poet Laureate of Lucas County, Ohio; Elizabeth Garber, previous Belfast Poet Laureate and founder of Belfast’s own poetry publishing collective, The Illuminated Sea Press; Linda Buckmaster, essayist, educator, blogger and previous Belfast Poet Laureate; Jacob Fricke, performance poet and current Belfast Poet Laureate; and a mystery guest. Books will be available for sale and signing after the event.

Sunday will wrap things up with two signings. Martha White, granddaughter of E.B. White, will sign copies of her book, “In the Words of E.B. White: Quotations from America’s Most Companionable of Writers,” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; and Camden’s Chris Van Dusen will sign copies of his latest book, “Randy Riley’s Really Bit Hit,” and copies of some of his other titles from 2 to 3 p.m.

For more information, call the store at 930-6325. For more information on the Belfast Bound Book Festival, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or