Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., will host former Belfast Poet Laureate Elizabeth Garber for an evening of poetry reading Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. Garber is launching her newest collection, “True Affections: Poems from a Small Town.” This long-anticipated third book of poetry continues her lyric exploration of a life well-lived in Maine.

Garber’s poems are grounded in distinctive life moments in a town, on islands, from childhood. She captures a variety of voices that delve into the precarious nature of our time and the importance of connecting and loving, fearlessly. Garber is the author of two other collections of poetry: “Pierced  by the Seasons” (2004); and “Listening Inside the Dance” (2005). Three of her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on "The Writer's Almanac," and her poem "Feasting" was included in his anthology “Good Poems for Hard Times.”

As Poet Laureate of Belfast, Garber coordinated monthly poetry readings and wrote a weekly poetry column published in three Midcoast papers highlighting Maine poets. She is founder of The Illuminated Sea Press, which encourages the independent publishing of fine Maine poets. She also is one of the original organizers of the Belfast Poetry Festival and the Poetry and Art Walk, fostering the collaboration of artists and poets in the community.

All are welcome and refreshments will be offered. For more information, or to reserve a copy of “True Affections,” call 338-9009 or stop by Left Bank Books.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.