BLUE HILL — Ann Patchett, celebrated author of “Bel Canto” and eight other novels, is in Maine!

Launching her ninth novel, “Tom Lake,” Patchett will talk with Lynn Boulger, executive director of The Authors Guild Foundation, Friday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. in Emlen Hall, 17 Bay School Drive, Blue Hill.

Sponsored by Word, the Blue Hill literary arts festival, and by Blue Hill Books, her appearance is free and open to the public. No preregistration is required.

In addition to her novels, Patchett has written four nonfiction books and two children’s books and was the editor of “Best American Short Stories 2006.” Her many honors include a National Humanities Medal, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Her novel “The Dutch House” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Confronted with a dearth of independent bookstores in her hometown of Nashville, TN, she co-founded Parnassus Books in 2011 and since then has become a national spokesperson for independent booksellers.

Word’s October festival will feature a conversation with novelist Jennifer Egan and a reading of T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” by John Farrell, co-founder of Freeport’s Figures of Speech Theatre, along with a full complement of poetry readings, workshops and conversations.

The festival has funding from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation and other generous donors. Its media partner is WERU-FM. Its fiscal sponsor is Blue Hill Community Development.

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