Beyond the Sea Bookshop Café & Gifts, 2526 Atlantic Highway/Route 1 at Lincolnville Beach, opens a new event series Friday afternoon, May 5.

The first Authors  & Cake Hour at 2:30 p.m. will feature children’s authors Melissa Kim and  Hope Rowan, whose books encourage getting kids outdoors and exploring the natural world. They will talk about Rowan’s “Ten Days in Acadia”; and Kim’s “A Snowy Owl Story” and more from her Wildlife on the Move Series.

The Authors & Cake Hour includes a Q&A; layer cake and coffee; and a 25 percent discount on the visiting authors’ books. Cost is $10 and reservations are required. For more information and to register, email or visit

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