Maine author Lea Wait's historical novel Uncertain Glory is the selection for this month's special Books and Brunch program.

Maine author Lea Wait’s historical novel Uncertain Glory is the selection for this month’s special Books and Brunch program.

Books and Brunch is a regular Lincoln Academy library event, where participants read a selected book, then meet over lunch to discuss the book. The program attracts Lincoln Academy students, teachers, and community members to lively book discussions with excellent food.

This month LA Librarian Cathi Howell has arranged something special: to bring together middle school students with local author Lea Wait for a discussion of Wait’s historical fiction novel for young adults, Uncertain Glory, which is based on a true story of a young journalist in Wiscasset during the days just before the Civil War.

The special Books and Brunch program on May 20 is jointly sponsored by Lincoln Academy and the Maine Humanities Council, who provided a matching Community Outreach Grant to support the event. The sponsorships cover the cost of lunch, transportation, and copies of Wait’s book that have already been distributed to participants at local schools.

The program will take place on May 20, from 10 am to 1 pm. “We anticipate about 60 participants,” said Ms. Howell, “which will include Lincoln Academy students and faculty, seventh and eighth grade students from the AOS 93 schools, their teachers and librarians, and community members. We will meet to discuss the book and have a presentation by Lea Wait. After the discussion everyone in the group will be served a traditional Maine lunch, much like the one Ma would have served Joe in the story of Uncertain Glory. After lunch Ms. Wait will sign each student’s book.”

Books & Brunch is a book group that is open to all students, faculty members, and community members. The group meets monthly in the Lincoln Academy library to have casual conversations about the selected books. Participants receive a copy of the featured book, free of charge, and lunch is provided. Anyone interested in participating in the Books and Brunch program, this month or in the future, should contact Cathi Howell: or 563-3596 x122

“It is very exciting to be joined by both younger students and Lea Wait,” said Ms. Howell. “We hope this program will engage readers of all ages, and give them a chance to talk to an author that is also a neighbor, about a book that takes place in our backyard. We are really looking forward to the event!”

Watch a video put together by Ms. Howell and her library aides here.