Rodman Philbrick to speak at Camp Beech Cliff 


SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Island Readers & Writers will host an afternoon presentation with Maine children’s book author Rodman Philbrick from 3:30-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, at the Camp Beech Cliff amphitheater. 

The Kittery resident will talk about his novel “The Young Man and the Sea,” as well as his life and career. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation. 

Philbrick started writing stories in sixth grade and never stopped. As a young, unpublished author, he worked as a carpenter and boatbuilder. After a career writing mysteries and suspense novels for adults, he stumbled on the idea for “Freak the Mighty,” his first book for young readers, which was made into a movie with Sharon Stone. His Civil War novel “The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg” won a Newbery Honor. In 2021, the Maine Library Association awarded him the Katahdin Lifetime Achievement Award, for an outstanding body of work in children’s literature. 

IRW is a nonprofit organization based in Southwest Harbor that connects children with book-centered experiences. 

Preregistration is required. For more information and to register, visit or email IRW at [email protected] 

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