Panel Schedule

All panels will be held in the 1st floor Crofutt Room

10:30-11:15 –  Searching for Elephants in Maine

Join author Gary Hoyle (Swan’s Island) as he discusses his new book “A Mystery Tusk: Searching for Elephants in the Maine Woods.” In this fascinating talk, you’ll learn how Hoyle led a 100 person team in an excavation of the only Woolly Mammoth remains ever found in Maine and also simultaneously discovered Maine’s role in the tragic demise of one of the very first living elephants to be brought to this country. Gary Hoyle is the retired Curator of Natural History for the Maine State Museum and is an accomplished exhibits artist. Find out more: 

11:30-12:30 – Three Routes to Publishing a Book:  Panel Discussion

Have you always wanted to publish a book? Or always wanted to know more about how a book gets published? Then join us to learn some tricks of the trade in this moderated panel discussion that will answer your questions.

Representing traditional publishing will be Islandport Press (Yarmouth), Maine’s largest and oldest locally-owned and operated traditional publisher. 

Representing self-publishing avenues will be Emma G. Rose (Hampden). She is the author of four self-published novels, the host of the Indie Book Talk Podcast, and self-published “Paul Bunyan Wears a Mask,” a Maine charity anthology, during the pandemic shutdown. Find out more: 

Representing hybrid publishing will be Maine Authors Publishing (Thomaston),  a cooperative-style publishing company supporting local, independent authors throughout the publishing process with affordable editing, design, printing, distribution, and marketing services. Find out more: 

The panel will be moderated by aspiring novelist Geoff Wingard (Orono), Bangor High School Teacher, History Department Head, and the 2022 Maine State History Teacher of the Year. He is also the Chair of the Orono Town Council and has his writing published in Rivers of Ink, the Bangor Authors’ Book Fair’s official charity anthology. 

12:45-1:30 – Keynote Speaker – Aislinn Sarnacki (Bangor)

Join celebrated writer and Maine Guide, Aislinn Sarnacki, as she shares the story of following her passions and forging her own path. Aislinn’s adventurous spirit and unique story embodies the Bangor spirit of creativity and Yankee perseverance and is certain to inspire all. She has worked as an outdoor journalist for over a decade, writing for the Bangor Daily News, Maine Public, Bangor Metro, Down East Magazine, and other local publications. She’s the author of three hiking guidebooks, published by Down East Books, and she teaches journalistic writing at the University of Maine in Orono – her alma mater.  When she isn’t writing, Aislinn leads interpretive hikes through her guiding company, Maine Nature Hikes. She’s also a registered Maine guide.  Most recently, she began hosting the new outdoor TV show, “Borealis,” on Maine Public Television. Find out more: &  

1:30-2:15 – Public Reception & Anthology Launch Party 

Please join us for this special moment as we celebrate this community event and launch our beautiful  “Rivers of Ink: Literary Reflections on the Penobscot,” the official charity anthology of this year’s Book Fair published by 12 Willows Press (Winterport). There will be light snacks, short readings, and brief remarks by members of the community. We will also announce the winner of the Bangor Authors Golden Typewriter Awardan all new annual award for service to the literary community in our region. Find out more: 

2:30-3:15 – Maine’s Deep Paranormal History  

End the day by joining authors Roxie Zwicker (South Berwick) & Michelle Shores (Waterville) in conversation. They will cover legends and lore of Maine’s ghosts and bygone eras – learn their tricks and trades as these two masters of the craft share their secrets for the first time. These two renowned authors are both master storytellers, historians, and paranormal experts. Roxie Zwicker is the author of “Maine Book of the Dead: Graveyard Legends and Lore” and she has 20 years experience running New England Curiosities, an award-winning company leading tours and events across New England on history, mystery, folklore, and legends. Find out more:  Michelle Shores, a Bangor native, is the multi-award winning author of “The Gathering Room: A Tale of Nelly Butler” a compelling and impeccably researched historical fiction novel detailing the life and story of Nelly Butler – the oldest documented ghost story in the United States which takes place on the Maine coast in and around Bangor. If you like history or ghost stories, this anchor presentation is not to be missed. Find out more: