Maine-ly Authors

A Coastal Literary Series

Maine-ly Authors: A Coastal Literary Series

Step into a world of literary enchantment as Cape Arundel Inn & Resort hosts a new series of extraordinary local authors. Nestled against the Atlantic Ocean's gentle embrace, these free gatherings promise to be an unforgettable celebration of words, imagination, and the timeless allure of literature.

In partnership with Fine Print Booksellers, embrace books of Maine and join us for conversations with their authors. Guests will be transported into the creative minds of these literary artisans as they peel back the layers of their writing process. From the initial spark of inspiration to the challenges faced during the storytelling journey, every author's narrative is a treasure trove of insight and discovery.

Bring your own copy or purchase one at the inn, as each author will be available for personalized keepsake signings after the event!

We'll provide complimentary refreshments of tea, coffee, and water for guests. Cape Arundel Inn & Resort's restaurant, Ocean, will also be offering an array of cocktails and snacks available for purchase. Or, make a night of it with a reservation post-literary series and dine for the evening, overlooking the 180-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

With a limited space to encourage meaningful connections, this cozy gathering promises an unforgettable afternoon of literary delights, personal interactions with authors, and a celebration of the captivating the spirit of Maine's coastline.

Select Saturdays in September, October, & November
Time: 2-3:30pm
Location: 208 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

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Upcoming Events

September 16 | Alice Elliott Dark

Fellowship Point

Lifelong neighbors and friends, Agnes Lee and Polly Garner own shares in Fellowship Point, a beautiful summer colony and bird sanctuary on the coast of Maine. As they turn 80, it’s time to make decisions about what will become of their legacy, a question that threatens their long, close, and peaceful friendship. Inspired by the breadth and drama of 19th century novels, this tour de force novel looks at the women’s lives, loves, families and work across the 20th century, finally rising to a shocking revelation that will lead to a surprising answer to the dilemma.

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September 23 | Adam White

The Midcoast, A Novel

It’s spring in the tiny town of Damariscotta, a tourist haven on the coast of Maine known for its oysters and antiques. Andrew, a high school English teacher recently returned to the area, has brought his family to Ed and Steph Thatch’s sprawling riverside estate to attend a reception for the Amherst women’s lacrosse team. Back when they were all teenagers, Andrew never could have predicted that Ed, descended from a long line of lobstermen, or Steph, a decent student until she dropped out to start a family, would ever send a daughter to a place like Amherst. But so the tides have turned, and Andrew’s trying hard to admire, more than envy, the view from Ed’s rolling backyard meadow. 
As Andrew wanders through the Thatches’ house, he stumbles upon a file he’s not supposed to see: photos of a torched body in a burned-out sedan. And when a line of state police cruisers crashes the Thatches’ reception an hour later, Andrew and his neighbors finally begin to see the truth behind Ed and Steph’s remarkable rise. Soon the newspapers are running headlines about the Thatches, and Andrew’s poring over his memories, trying to piece together the story of a family he thought he knew. 

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Saturday, October 14 | Irene M. Drago

Lavinia Wren and the Sailmakers

Lavinia Wren reflects the resolute heart of a seafaring family. Orphaned by the Civil War, Vinnie finds a home in Thomaston, Maine, and grows up with a view of the Georges River, busy shipyards, and the forbidding wall of a prison. In 1865, on the verge of turning thirteen, she meets the son of a shipbuilder, two young sailors, and the raven-haired daughter of a ship carver. For the next sixty years, their lives remain entwined through joy and sorrow as schooners replace square rigs, German U-boats appear off the coast, horse-drawn carriages give way to automobiles, and airplanes take flight. Lavinia and the sailmakers pull the thread of love, not war, through history, replenishing our souls.

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Saturday, October 28 | Gigi Georges


Downeast honors the lives of five remarkable young women, and through them, the paths of young women across rural America. It shines a light, too often obscured, on the indispensable role contemporary rural women play in their communities.

More broadly, Downeast seeks to move beyond the conventional narrative about rural hopelessness and despair, of a local populace clambering to escape. By widening my lens and immersing myself in the Downeast community, what I discovered runs counter to those dominant downbeat portrayals—and debunks the notion that young people, in particular, have to flee to succeed. Yes, there are significant challenges. But there is also much to celebrate.

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