All events are free and unticketed unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit

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THURSDAY

7 p.m., John Cole, founding director of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress; Glickman Family Library, University of Southern Maine, Portland. Presented by the Maine Humanities Council, the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts at USM and Maine Reads. 

FRIDAY

“Opening Night: An Evening with Tony Horwitz,” Abromson Center, USM, Portland

6 p.m., “An Evening with the Authors”: Hors d’ouevres, cash bar and reception with the presenting authors. $25 if purchased today, $35 afterwards. 871-9100; mainereads.org

7:30 p.m., author talk with Tony Horwitz. $5 if purchased today; $10 afterwards. 871-9100; mainereads.org

 SATURDAY

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., readings, panels, parties and performances for all ages; Abromson Center, USM, Portland. More than 50 authors including Colin Woodard, J. Courtney Sullivan, Peter Behrens, Heidi Julavits, Alma Katsu and Charles J. Shields.

7 p.m., Maine Festival of the Book Poetry Party; Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St., Portland. Presented by Port Veritas in conjunction with Maine Reads.

APRIL 1

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Book Arts Bazaar; Wishcamper Center, USM, Portland. Book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers and writers celebrate all things related to the book. Presented by the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts in conjunction with Maine Reads and the Maine Festival of the Book.

7 p.m., Longfellow’s Shorts: Morgan Callan Rogers; Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave. Presented by Portland Stage Affiliate Artists in conjunction with Maine Reads and the Maine Festival of the Book.