The Maine Writers Talk About … series of author talks at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., continues with retired Maine Game Warden John Ford Sr. and retired Maine State Trooper Mark Nickerson and their Blue Lights and Funny Cider Book Tour Tuesday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Also known as The Two Old Cops, Ford and Nickerson will tell hilarious stories of law enforcement “back in the day” based on stories from their best-selling books. Coming from a long line of Maine game wardens, Ford served his entire 20-year warden career in Waldo County. After retiring in 1990 he was elected county sheriff for two terms. Nickerson originally studied to be a dentist but ultimately followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Maine State Police in 1977.

Both men have written books about their experiences. Ford’s "Suddenly, the Cider Didn't Taste So Good" and "This Cider Still Tastes Funny!" will be followed by a third book due out later this year. Nickerson recalled his experiences in the service in his memoir "Blue Lights in the Night."

The Maine Writers Talk About… series is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Belfast Free Library. Upcoming in the series are: Aug. 4, Maine The Way Crime Should Be with Gerry Boyle; Aug. 18, Poetry and the Natural World with Gary Lawless; and Aug. 25, Great Nonfiction with Murray Carpenter. Books will be available to purchase for signing 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