Maine beer author to present during Bangor Book Festival

Thursday, October 16, 2014 is the start of the Eighth Annual Bangor Book Festival, this years festival will look a little different, due to renovations at the Bangor Public Library the majority of events will be held at downtown businesses.

Below is a list of events I pulled from the Event’s Facebook page, I want to call attention to Friday, October 17th, Josh Christie, Author of Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland will be at Nocturnem Draft Haus, starting at 5:30pm to discuss his book, it’s a great opportunity to meet Josh and learn about Maines brewing history, and get your copy signed, if you do not own a copy of his book there will be books for sale at the event.


I have reviewed his book in the past, you can read that here: Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland

I have also gone to listen to Josh speak about the book before, anyone interested in Maine beer should check out this event.




The following schedule of events were drawn from the Eighth Annual Bangor Book Festival facebook event page:

Thursday, October 16, 6 pm – 8 pm at the Bangor Public Library:

The Essential Danby by George Danby

With a keen eye and laugh-out loud wit, editorial cartoonist George Danby offers his unique perspective on the roller coaster that has been modern life and politics for the last few decades here in Maine and beyond. The Essential Danby is a retrospective that, for the first time ever, gathers in one volume a collection of editorial cartoons drawn from the artist’s archive of more than 25,000 cartoons.


Friday, October 17th, 5:30 pm at Nocturnem Draft Haus:

Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland by Josh Christie

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Maine was a stronghold for the temperance movement, but the Pine Tree State emerged from Prohibition to create a beer culture that rivals any other in the United States. Early pioneers, like D.L. Geary, established the Northeast’s love affair with English-style ales, and today’s upstarts brew unique and inventive recipes. Maine brewers create beer for every palate, and Maine’s unique flavor–like blueberries, potatoes and even oysters–are frequently featured. Maine beer expert Josh Christie discovers the story of brewing in Vacationland by exploring Maine’s large breweries, like Shipyard; its local crafters, like Rising Tide; the budding cider, spirits and mead industries; and, of course, the best places to drink across the state.


Friday, October 17th, 7 pm at The Rock & Art Shop

Poetry Reading by the Norumbega Collective

The Norumbega Collective is a group of literary-minded individuals who cultivate, create, plan, and implement literary arts events in the greater Bangor area–poetry, prose, performance, and music. Past readers have included:Brian Foley / Luke Bloomfield / Wendy Xu / Steve Benson / Emily Toder / Greg Howard / Alison Fraser / Megan London / Stefania Irene Marthakis.

Saturday, October 18th, 11 am at the Maine Discovery Museum

Great Bangor Draw-Off featuring Russ Cox and Hazel Mitchell

Join two great Maine illustrators while doing what they love to do—draw. The audience will help pick the subjects as young enthusiasts see what “style” means.

Hazel Mitchell’s passions when growing up were drawing and horses. She is originally from Scarborough in Yorkshire, UK. She moved to America in 2000 and now lives and works in Maine. She is an award-winning illustrator whose latest illustrations can be seen in: 1, 2, 3…By the Sea; One Word Pearl and her latest, Imani’s Moon.

Russ Cox was raised by a pack of crazed hillbillies in the back woods of Tennessee. After graduating from art school with a portfolio in his hand, he ventured into the world of design and illustration. He opened his own studio, Smiling Otis Studio, where he specializes in illustration for children. He has illustrated several books for children including Freddy the Frogcaster; Whatever Says Mark, written by Terry Collins (Capstone); and Nite Nite Soldier by Michael and Beth Hofer (Outhouse Ink). His latest novel, written by Lynn Plourde, Merry Moosey Christmas is available in November.

Saturday, October 18th, 1 pm at Epic Sports

Leave Some for Seed by Tom Hennessey (Book Signing)

The latest publication from one of Maine’s most revered sporting artists and outdoorsmen, Leave Some For Seed is an illustrated celebration of the natural beauty and sporting legacy that provides the backbone of Maine’s cultural heritage. With words and pen-and-ink illustration, Tom Hennessey renders the charm, beauty, and attraction of the outdoorsman’s life, while recounting tales from his own hunting and fishing adventures. This book will enthrall sportsmen (and dog owners) of all ages, as well as those in generations to come.

“There’s always at least one surprise at the Bangor Book Festival,” said Bangor Public Library Director Barbara McDade. “A new author I hadn’t known about, a book that is a gem but hasn’t gotten big press, a new field I hadn’t explored. I find out about them by hearing an author speak at the Festival. The Bangor Book Festival also gives me the opportunity to hear the authors whose work has already grabbed my attention and reminded me why I fell in love with literature in the first place.”
All programs at this year’s Bangor Book Festival are free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase at the various programs through The Briar Patch and our authors.

Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.