Beyond the Sea, the Old Professors Bookshop, Artisan Books and Bindery and Our Town Belfast are hosting the second annual Belfast Bound Book Festival Friday through Sunday, July 27 through 29.

With more than 25,000 books, Belfast could be considered the Hay-on-Wye of New England. Six bookstores, plus 21 shops with great book selections, will offer more than 50 literary events over a three-day weekend all across town.

Some examples of the variety of these scheduled literary highlights are Van Reid and his new Moosepath League release “Moss Farm”; a Q&A on the US penal system with Margaret Micolichek, executive director of the Restorative Justice Project of Midcoast Maine; award-winning children’s author Lynn Plourde and “Lost on a Mountain in Maine” Donn Fendler; milk and cookies and a special visit from Brody the Moose; Monica Wood, reading and signing “When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine”; plus talks, signings and tastings of tea, Moxie and whoopie pies with authors Katrina Avila Munichiello, Jim Baumer, and Nancy Griffin, respectively.

Added programs are the stimulating Random Acts of Reading — one never knows when one will strike — 10-minute scheduled readings at the “Please Be Seated” artistic seats throughout town such as a reading from Thomas Jefferson’s “Head and Heart” and “Thou Art That” by Joseph Campbell.

For details and schedules, visit the events calendar and more pages at

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