The Maine Festival of the Book 2012 will be held March 29-April 1 in Portland, with a full day of free literary programming for all ages at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, March 31. More than 75 authors, artists and performers with programs designed for all ages and interests. With the exception of Opening Night, events are free and unticketed.
Festival 2011 was a great success with more than 2000 attendees. In its five years of existence, the Maine Festival of the Book has featured more than 200 authors, including five Pulitzer Prize winners and two National Book Award winners.
The Maine Festival of the Book is held annually in April in Portland. If you would like to see what Festivals 2007-2011 were about go to Past Festivals or hear recordings of selected festival programs on the Web site of Maine Public Broadcasting Network and Maine Humanities Council. Past presenters include David McCullough, Richard Ford, David Baldacci, Tess Gerritsen, Crystal Zevon, Wes McNair, Brian Wood, Jane Brox, Maxine Kumin, Anita Shreve, Stewart O'Nan, Julia Glass, Paul Harding, and Elizabeth Strout.
Learn more about the Maine Reads Community Literacy project, a grants initiative offering funding to libraries for community and literacy building.
Learn more about Read With ME., a state-wide literacy outreach program that brings books to every kindergartener in Maine. This year's featured Read With ME. book is The Very Best Bed written and illustrated by Rebekah Raye of Blue Hill, Maine.
We are grateful for the support of our sponsors.
Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation
FairPoint Communications * Law Offices of Joe Bornstein
Casella Waste * MaineHealth * Portland Magazine * Camden National Bank * UNUM
Maine Arts Commission * Pine State Trading
T-Mobile USA * TD Bank * First Wind * National Semiconductor
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems * Bangor Hydro Electric Company
Fairchild Semiconductor * AT&T * Plum Creek * U.S. Cellular
Martin’s Point Health Care * L.L. Bean * Maine Credit Union League * Portland Harbor Hotel
Orchard Foundation * Maine Humanities Council * Bernstein Shur * Barber Foods
Bangor Savings Bank * Delta Dental * Isamax Snacks * Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine Office of Tourism
Maine Public Broadcasting Network * Portland Magazine * MaineToday Media Inc.
The Forecaster * Bangor Daily News
Maine Festival of the Book 2011 Opening Night Host Committee
Former Governor of Maine John E. Baldacci
and First Lady of Maine Karen M. Baldacci
Justin and Rachael Alfond
Tom and Diana Allen
Jim and Kathy Case
Tom and Kate Chappell
Richard and Deborah Connor
Madeleine G. Corson
Jacob and Tess Gerritsen
Leon and Lisa Gorman
Cyrus and Patty Hagge
Amos and Lola Orcutt
Neil and Carla Rolde
Richard and Barbara Russo
Colin Sargent and Dr. Nancy Sargent
(As of March 20, 2011)
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click here to go to the Festival Website