Newbury Honor author Gary Schmidt, who will be speaking at Lincoln Academy on April 15.

Newbury Honor author Gary Schmidt, who will be speaking at Lincoln Academy on April 15.

The next session of Lincoln Academy’s Books & Brunch features the book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by award-winning author Gary Schmidt, who will visit the LA campus for a special event on Friday, April 15th. While at LA, Schmidt will sign books, give an author talk and a reading in the Poe Theater, and answer student questions about his books and life as an author. Groups of students from the AOS 93 schools are currently reading Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and will participate in the program. A special themed lunch will be served in the library following Schmidt’s presentation.

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy is work of historical fiction for young teens about midcoast Maine. The book, which was selected for both Newbury and Prinz honors when it was published in 2005, chronicles the history of Malaga Island off of Phippsburg, Maine, where African American former slaves lived from the end of the Civil War until 1912, when town officials in Phippsburg evicted them. Although the main characters, Turner Buckminster and Lizzie Bright, are fictional, their adventures are based on historical events in Phippsburg in the early 1900s.

Books & Brunch is a book group that is open to all students, faculty members and community members. The group meets over lunch in the library to have casual conversations about books. Participants receive a free copy of each featured book, and lunch is provided. For more information or to get your FREE copy of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, contact Lincoln Academy librarian Cathi Howell.