Friday, April 9, 2010

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, look no further than the Festival of the Book in Portland.

The fourth annual Maine Festival of the Book will take place in Portland April 9-11, with a full day of free programs Saturday, April 10 at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center. Programs are unticketed, with the exception of Opening Night: An Evening with Tess Gerritsen and Anita Shreve on Friday evening, April 9 at USM.

The festival is designed to appeal to readers with a range of interests and gives the public the chance to learn what goes on behind the scenes when producing a book. The festival is presented by the nonprofit Maine Reads, in collaboration with organizations statewide and is chaired by First Lady Karen M. Baldacci.

The festival’s goal is to encourage a dialogue between authors and readers through programs. Many of the programs will feature two authors engaged in a discussion that captures an aspect of their writing; these subjects may include memoir, biography, gardening, architecture and fiction writing. Question and answer periods, as well as book signings, follow.

Free, unticketed programming for all ages and interests starts Saturday, April 10 at 9 am and runs through the weekend. Concurrent programs will run from 9 am to 5 pm at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

Visit the Maine Reads website for all the details of this weekend's event.

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