SOURCE: Maine Literary Festival

September 23, 2009 15:34 ET

Maine Literary Festival to Explore Literature of New Voices in America Reflecting Cross-Cultural Experience

Save the Date: November 7

CAMDEN, ME--(Marketwire - September 23, 2009) - A special evening event at the Camden Opera House on Saturday, November 7 will kick off a year-long celebration by the Maine Literary Festival of New Voices in America reflecting Cross-Cultural Experience.

The Festival will present 13 writers from diverse cultures and ethnic experience, whose novels, non-fiction and poetry are capturing the attention of readers and critics with their beauty, insight and reflection. This evening of presentations, readings and discussions will launch a full year of events and programs culminating in the 2010 Maine Literary Festival.

Featured authors include Shilpa Agarwal, Francisco Aragón, Carol Willette Bachofner, Ashley Bryan, Jaed Coffin, Eugene Gloria, Judy Hakola, Reza Jalali, John Muthyala, Pat Nyhan, Rishi Reddi, Allen Sockabasin and Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest. Photos and biographies of all these writers can be viewed online at

"The evening is rich and full; the topic is far-reaching; and the participant authors and poets will provide an exciting foundation for the year-long celebration of the literature of cross-cultural experience," said Maryanne Shanahan, chair of the Maine Literary Festival. "I am delighted that we are able to present this wonderful topic and give it full consideration over the next twelve months."

The evening will begin at 6:30PM and will end with a reception -- including book signings -- for authors and participants. General admission is $50 or $30 for students with valid ID. Save the date and register online through the Opera House Ticket booking service at or by sending checks to the Maine Literary Festival, Box 886, Camden, ME 04843.

About the Maine Literary Festival

The Maine Literary Festival is a scholarship project of the Midcoast Branch of the American Association of University Women. All proceeds from the Festival are used for the Midcoast AAUW's scholarship program for young women and girls who might otherwise not be able to attend college.

Note to editors: Photos and bios of all the speakers can be downloaded from