Meet Our Moderators!

Gia Pilgrim Charles

Gia Pilgrim Charles will be moderating the Children's Author Panel for the Bath Book Bath. She works in the Children's Room at the Patten Free Library, and reviews and recommends books for PFL patrons in her weekly "Shout Out! Check out her reviews on the Library website and in the eNews. She aspires to attain a Master's degree in Children's Literature & Library Science but in the meantime spends her time reading to her two young children and restoring old houses with her husband.

Her Children's Author panel is at 12:00 p.m. on the Gazebo stage.

Meg Steele Barker

Meg Steele Barker is the librarian at Fisher Mitchell School in Bath, where she leads the school's Book Club and History Club. In 2021, she launched Embark Maine Tours, which offers guided walking tours of historic Bath. She previously lived in Washington, DC, where she worked in education programs at the Library of Congress and C-SPAN and taught middle and high school English and social studies. Before moving to Bath in 2017, Meg and her husband traveled around the country for two years in an Airstream trailer. During part of that time, Meg served as a National Park Ranger in Vermont. In her free time, she enjoys all outdoor activities, including sailing and boating, hiking, and paddle boarding. She loves to cook, read, and spend time with friends and her two cats, Bob and Andy, and is a volunteer support team member for Midcoast New Mainers and a Trustee of Bath Historical Society.

Meg's middle grade author panel at 1:00 p.m. on the Gazebo stage.

Mark Scott Ricketts

Mark Scott Ricketts is an award winning writer, illustrator, and cartoonist who’s worked with McGraw Hill, Caliber Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Nickelodeon Magazine, Islandport Press, Down East Books, and others.

Mark will moderate the "Ready? Set? Draw!" author "Draw-Off" at 2 p.m. on the Gazebo stage.