Four celebrated authors will be featured at separate free events at Left Bank Books during the second annual Belfast Bound Book Festival Friday through Sunday, July 27 through 29. Left Bank Books moved to Belfast from Searsport last month and is located at 109 Church St., in the historic brick Opera House Block just across from the Belfast Post Office and police station.

On Friday at 7 p.m., Monica Wood will talk about her newest book, “When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine.” Just published by Houghton Mifflin, it is Wood’s own story, set in 1963, in a town dominated by its paper mill, when three unexpected and almost unimaginable tragedies strike. Wood’s other acclaimed novels also will be available for signing.

On Saturday at 10:30 a.m., garden writer Lisa Colburn will talk about and sign copies of “The Maine Garden Journal, inside secrets from Maine people who love to get their hands in the dirt.” Colburn was raised in extreme northern Maine, where it seemed everyone gardened, and now lives in Orono, which she says feels like the tropics by comparison. She is active in gardening education programs statewide and speaks frequently on a wide range of garden topics.

On Saturday 2 p.m., Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo of Camden will sign his books including his newest work, “Interventions,” a novella and three long stories published by Down East Books this spring.  The new collection is a tribute to the printed word: four paperbacks in a beautiful slip-case, with accompanying art prints by Russo’s daughter Kate, who is expected to join him.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Kate Braestrup of Lincolnville, author and chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, will talk about new writing projects, an overture from HBO and her three New York Times best-sellers “Here If You Need Me,” “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity” and “Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer into Your Life.”

For more information or to reserve signed copies, call 338-9009. For more information about the Belfast Bound Book Festival, visit

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