The annual Lincoln Academy Books and Brunch Author event will take place on Friday, May 4. This year’s featured author is award-winning writer Rodman Philbrick. Philbrick will speak to students from Lincoln Academy and AOS 93 about his most recent YA young adult novel book, The Big Dark. The presentation will take place at 10 am in the Poe Theater and be followed by a themed lunch and book signing in the Lincoln Academy library.

As has become tradition over the last several years, students from AOS 93 schools will travel to Lincoln Academy for the May author event. Past Books and Brunch visiting authors have included Lea Wait, Jean Kwok, Gary Schmidt, Phillip Hoose, and Shannon Parker.

Rodman Philbrick is the author of dozens of award-winning novels for both teens and adults. He has won numerous awards, including multiple Lupine Awards for books by Maine authors (Philbrick splits his time between Maine and Florida). His young adult novel Freak the Mighty was made into the 1998 Golden Globe-nominated movie The Mighty, and his historical fiction novel The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg was a Newbery Honor book in 2010.

LA librarian Cathi Howell founded the program and planned this event. “I am so excited that we are able to continue our author program as part of Books and Brunch this year, and we are thrilled to host Rodman Philbrick. This will be our biggest event yet with an anticipated attendance of over 100 students from the AOS 93 schools, Lincoln Academy and the community. We are looking forward to hearing Mr. Philbrick talk about his writing career and his most recent young adult novel, The Big Dark.”

Books and Brunch is always open to LA students and faculty members, as well as community members who are interested in participating.

The program meets monthly over lunch in the library for casual conversations about selected books. Participants receive copies of selected books free of charge, and lunch is also provided. Community members interested in participating in Books and Brunch events should contact LA librarian Cathi Howell at to reserve lunch and a free copy of upcoming featured books.