Brunswick writer Paul Betit will present a book talk at Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. at Stockton Springs Community Library, 6 Station St. Betit will share back-stories and discuss his writing regimen and the creative process.

The author of the historical crime novels featuring U.S. Army CID investigator John Murphy also will read excerpts from his current writing projects. Set in the 1960s and ‘70s, Betit’s crime novels include “Phu Bai,” “Kagnew Station” and 2014’s “The Man In The Canal.” In Betit’s most recent novel, Murphy goes undercover in Sweden during the summer of 1971 to find a murderer believed to be hiding among the group of American military deserters who took refuge in the Scandinavian country during the Vietnam War.

Betit was quite familiar with the locales of the series’ first two books. While serving as an intelligence analyst with the Army during the 1960s, he spent 16 months in Vietnam, the setting for Phu Bai, and nearly two years in Ethiopia, the backdrop for Kagnew Station. Betit has links to Stockton Springs going back more than four decades. For more than 30 years, he and his wife, the former Deborah Brown of Bucksport, spent part of each summer at her family’s camp in Sandy Point.

Earlier this year, Betit began publishing his books under his own imprint, BeeMan Books. Signed copies of all three of his crime novels will be available for purchase at SSCL at discounted prices.

For more than 40 years, Betit has worked as a news reporter and sports writer for Maine newspapers. In 2013, he retired as a staff writer for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. He still covers high school, college and pro sports for those newspapers on a freelance basis. For more information about Betit and his books, visit

The program is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information visit

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