Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., is honored to welcome pre-eminent American historian David McCullough Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon in celebration of his newest book, “The Wright Brothers.”

This will be McCullough’s only bookshop appearance in Maine this summer. He will be signing copies not only of “The Wright Brothers,” but also all his previous books. The event is free, and the public is warmly invited to meet and welcome the renowned author.

McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a master of the art of narrative history. He has won the Pulitzer Prize twice, the National Book Award twice and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. In 2014, he was named an Officer of the Legion of Honor by decree of the President of the Republic of France.

In “The Wright Brothers,” McCullough brings to vivid life two of the most iconic figures in American history. Regarded by many in their time as mere “bicycle mechanics,” Wilbur and Orville Wright were, in reality, self-taught geniuses, pioneering scientific explorers and extraordinary exemplars of the American character. McCullough has said his interest in the Wright brothers grew from his research while writing “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.”

“I was surprised to find Wilbur and Orville … were among those who were in Paris during the early 20th century, and that their time spent there was of the utmost importance to their overall contribution,” he said. “The more I learned about these two men and understood what they were like, the more I felt that their story had powerful lessons we can all learn from.”

Drawing on the vast trove of the Wright papers in the Library of Congress, McCullough chronicles not only the brothers’ technological achievements, but also the richly human side of Orville, Wilbur and their remarkable sister and father. Though their upbringing in Ohio was humble, and the brothers never attended college, their home was filled with books, which became the foundation of their education and fed their wide-ranging intellectual interests. McCullough has said he thinks it is appropriate to compare the Wright brothers’ achievement to that of Christopher Columbus.

“Very few people have so dramatically changed the world by what they achieved, as did the Wright brothers. Consider that they flew for the first time in 1903 and that last year alone 70 million people flew in and out of O’Hare,” he said.

Left Bank Books will open at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 1. For those who cannot make the signing, the bookshop is happy to take an order and have McCullough sign books for pick-up; call 338-9009 to pre-order books in advance.

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