Kate Braestrup will launch her newest book, “Anchor & Flares: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope & Service,” with a talk and signing party Tuesday, July 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St.

The Left Bank event will be the first on the local author’s promotional tour throughout New England. Space and seating are limited for this free event, so advance reservations are highly recommended; call 338-9009 or email leftbank@myfairpoint.net.

Braestrup is the author of the New York Times best-selling and award-winning memoir “Here If You Need Me,” a moving and humorous collection of stories of faith, hope and family. In “Anchor & Flares,” she delves into the struggles and joys of being a parent — specifically, the challenges and rewards of loving someone in military service.

Braestrup has led a remarkable life and writes with humor, insight and poignancy about both the soul-changing events she has experienced and the minutiae of day-to-day living. “Here If You Need Me” traced her journey from grief to faith to happiness after she was left a widowed mother of four children between the ages of 3 and 9 when her husband, a Maine State Policeman, was killed in a car accident while on duty in 1996. Now she is mother to a blended family of six children, having married artist Simon van der Ven in 2006. The focus of “Anchor & Flares” is on her eldest son, Zach, who decided to join the Marines, and she writes movingly of the crossroads she faces when he makes that decision. Can she reconcile her desire to protect her children with her family’s legacy of service? Can parents balance the joy of a child’s independence with the fear of letting go?

Since 2001, Braestrup has served as chaplain to the Maine Game Warden Service. In that capacity, she accompanies the wardens as they search the forests and fresh waters of Maine for those who have lost their way and offers comfort to their waiting families. She currently divides her time between her service as chaplain and writing.

In addition to “Here If You Need Me,” her earlier books include “Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life,” “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity” and “Onion,” a novel. She is a popular public speaker around the country and abroad. Braestrup, van der Ven and their family live in Lincolnville.

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