Acadia Authors Night set at COA

BAR HARBOR — Naturalists, art historians, storytellers and more will come together in College of the Atlantic’s Gates Center for a special Acadia National Park Centennial reading on Tuesday, July 19, from 5-7 p.m.

The event, co-sponsored by Friends of Acadia, is free and open to the public.

Authors including Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Hackett Fischer, Acadia National Park Poet Laureate Christian Barter and Acadia philanthropist heir Ann Roberts Rockefeller will introduce and read from selections of recent writing related to the national park.

“Acadian Authors Night at College of the Atlantic will offer a unique moment in which the diverse voices of 10 authors inspired by Acadia will come together in an appreciation of place through time,” Acadia Centennial co-chairman Jack Russell said.

Barter is the author of three books of poetry, including “Bye-Bye Land,” the 2016 winner of the Isabella Gardner prize. Barter is a trail crew supervisor in ANP, the park’s current poet laureate and an adjunct professor of writing at COA.

Rockefeller will read from the new edition of her 1990 book, “Mr. Rockefeller’s Roads: The Story behind Acadia’s Carriage Roads.”

Authors rounding out the bill include art critic Carl Little, William V.P. Newlin, the author of “The College of the Atlantic Guide to the Lakes and Ponds of Mt. Desert,” and Gott’s Island memoirist Christina Marsden Gillis.

The evening also will feature author, essayist and Humanity in Action Executive Director Judith Goldstein, historian Ronald Epp, author of “Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr,” nonfiction writer Bunny McBride, author of “Women of the Dawn,” and former Friends of Acadia CEO Ken Olson, reading his essay “Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration.”

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