Paul Doiron, author of the popular Mike Bowditch series of mysteries set in Maine, will be at Left Bank Books Sunday, June 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the release of his newest book, “The Precipice.” Beginning at 2 p.m., Doiron will give a brief talk on how the series evolved and his writing process. Following a question-and-answer period, he will sign copies of all of his books, including “The Precipice.”

Doiron hooks readers with lucid prose, atmospheric descriptions of Maine’s landscape and, above all, his cast of characters. This sixth novel, given a starred review in Publishers Weekly, in the Bowditch series is no exception. It begins when two women go missing while hiking a difficult part of the Appalachian Trail. Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch tries to determine where the women were last seen … and discovers there is no shortage of people whose behaviors make them suspicious.

It is especially appropriate that Doiron will be at Left Bank Books on Father’s Day because he writes elegantly and insightfully about the often complex relationship between fathers and sons. His first novel, “The Poacher’s Son,” was an in-depth exploration of that theme.

Doiron was the editor-in-chief of Down East Magazine from 2005 to 2013, before stepping down to write full time. He is a native of Maine, graduated with a degree in English from Yale University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. He is a former member of the Maine Arts Commission and a current member of the Maine Humanities Council. He also is a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly-fishing.

Doiron has won the Maine Literary Award three times. “The Poacher’s Son” won the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Edgar award. “Trespasser,” his second book, was an American Booksellers Association Indie Bestseller. “Bad Little Falls” was a Bookscan Bestseller; “Massacre Pond “was an Indie Favorite; and “The Bone Orchard” received a Best of Maine award from Down East. Doiron’s novels have been translated into 10 languages.

The public is warmly invited this free event. Copies of all of Doiron’s books will be available for purchase. For more information, call 338-9009 or email

Left Bank Books is at 109 Church St. Next up in this summer’s series of literary events will be a 5 to 7 p.m. visit Friday, June 26, by Brooke Dojny, author of “Dishing Up Maine.” She will bring recipes (and samples) from her brand-new “Chowderland: Hearty Soups & Stews with Sides & Salads to Match.”

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