All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Mainers Write of Maine

Three titles published this month should be at the top of any Maine-ophile's reading list. The one I'm most eager to read is Contemporary Maine Fiction: An Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Wesley McNair of Mercer. Among the fourteen collected stories are Stephen King's "The Reach," Richard Russo's "Monhegan Light," and Carolyn Chute's classic "'Ollie, Oh ....'"

John Gibson of Hallowell has written Enjoying Maine's Islands: The Essential Guide to 15 Destinations You Can Reach by Ferry, due out September 30. The book description states that "Besides helpful advice on being a prepared traveler — everything from planning around limited ferry schedules and packing enough warm clothing to knowing when not to bring the dog — he tells you some island history, lore, and legends to help you truly experience the islands."

In a similar vein, Virginia Thorndike of Morrill "traveled to all the Maine coast islands that still maintain a year-round population and persuaded the islanders to talk openly about their lives" to produce Islanders: Real Life on the Maine Islands, also out at the end of the month.

All of these books were published by Down East Books in Rockport.
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