Author Matthew Langdon Cost will present his new book of historical fiction, “Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War: At Every Hazard,” Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

“Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War” is a historical novel about one of the Civil War’s genuine heroes, a college professor with no formal military training who, together with a small company of men, turned the tide of the battle and the war with a bayonet charge at Gettysburg. This was not the end of his exploits, however, and by war’s end, he was so respected that Ulysses S. Grant chose Chamberlain to accept the South’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia.

The novel traces his evolution from an arrogant, overbearing professor to unwitting and unlikely hero and leader of men.  Interwoven are subplots including the coming of age of his young orphaned aide; a complicated marriage; and, of course, lots of rousing battle scenes.

Cost’s discussion will include the differences he has discovered between writing history and writing historical fiction. After earning a BA in History from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., Cost wrote a yet unpublished historical novel about the Cuban Revolution. He has since published two mystery novels, “Mainely Power” and “Mainely Fear.” In 2007, after taking a class on teaching biography in the classroom, Cost returned to historical fiction, choosing Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War as his topic. The novel was published in April and has been getting good reviews from national publications such as Kirkus Review and the Civil War News.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 338-3884, ext. 10.

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