The Maine Writers Talk About … series at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., continues Tuesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. with best-selling authors Christina Baker Kline and Ayelet Waldman in conversation about Bringing History to Life in the Novel.

Favorite novels transport us to another world; when that world encompasses lost events and characters from the actual past, history comes alive for readers and book clubs have a lot to talk about. Kline's NY Times bestseller and No. 1 Book Club pick “Orphan Train” and Waldman's “Love and Treasure” illuminate forgotten chapters of history and reclaim lost figures from the attic of the past.

The richly-drawn characters in Kline's moving, meticulously-researched novel are swept up in the orphan-train project that sent 250,000 homeless city children out West to find homes in the years 1853 to 1925. In Waldman's spellbinding novel of contraband masterpieces, tragic love and the unexpected legacies of forgotten crimes, she weaves a tale around the fascinating, true history of another train, the Hungarian Gold Train during the Second World War.

These suspenseful stories profoundly resonate with today's headlines about social issues surrounding women and children, birth and adoption, art and love. They offer a fascinating look at where we have come from, and how the past informs the present.

The dates (all Tuesdays), authors and topics for the remainder of the Maine Writers Talk About … series are: July 22, Jane Brox on Personal History: The Challenge of Weaving Historical Materials into a Personal Narrative; Aug. 12, Baron Wormser on Writing a Poem, Writing a Novel; Aug. 26, Susan Conley on Storytelling: Lessons in Risk Taking and Stubbornness; and Sept. 9, Paul Doiron on North Woods Lawmen.

The Maine Writers Talk About … series is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Belfast Free Library. Books will be available to purchase at each program. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

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