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Dutch Baby (Apple Pancake)

There are many versions of this pancake. Some people like to cook the apples up separately as a topping, but I like mine right in the pancake. As for what makes this “Dutch” or “baby,” I have no idea. Always in Season

Written by Elise Richer Art by Teresa Lagrange Always in Season: Twelve Months of Fresh Recipes from the Farmer’s Markets of New England gives you more than 130 inviting, approachable, delicious recipes you can prepare the same day, whether you’re shopping at the farmer’s market, opening your CSA box, growing your own produce, or browsing at the grocery store. Maine author Elise Richer takes you through each month of the year, highlighting a few select ingredients that are in season that month and offering fresh ideas on how to use them—without having to run to specialty grocery stores for rare ingredients or set aside half a day for prepping and cooking. The cookbook is beautifully illustrated by artist Teresa Lagrange. Make the most of New England’s seasonal harvest! U.S. $26.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-69-8 Cookbook, hardcover 8 x 9.5, 192 pages

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2 small apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch slices Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt. Beat well, by hand or in a blender, until thick and foamy. Add flour and beat well to combine. Stir in the apple slices.

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Place a 9-inch cake pan (not a springform pan) in the hot oven for several minutes. Remove and place butter in pan, swirling to melt it and to coat bottom of pan. Scrape pancake batter into pan and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 20 minutes, until puffy and browning on the edges. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and cook for an additional 10 minutes, until nicely browned. Sprinkle pancake with powdered sugar and serve with lemon wedges (to squeeze over the pancake) or with cubes of cheddar cheese. Best eaten right away.

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There are No Moose on this Island! Written by Stephanie Calmenson Illustrated by Jennifer Thermes

Jake’s excited about going on a trip to an island, and he really, really, really wants to see a moose. But his dad insists: there are no moose on this island. In playful rhymes, acclaimed children’s book author Jake’s excited about going on a trip to an island, and he really, really, Stephanie Calmenson brings the reader along with Jake really wants to see a moose. But his dad insists: there are no moose on and his dad, as they explore the mammals, birds, insects, this island. Both Jake and a friendly moose would like to disagree! and sea life on and around the island. With graceful In playful rhymes, author Stephanie Calmenson brings the reader along illustrations by Jennifer Thermes, Jake—and the reader— with Jake and his dad, as they explore the mammals, birds, insects, start to see the moose, a little bit at a time, but Dad’s either and sea life on and around the island. With graceful illustrations by Jennifer got his nose in a book or binoculars glued to his eyes. In Thermes, Jake (and the reader) start to see the moose, a little bit at a the end, Jake must show his dad how to truly experience time, but Dad’s either got his nose in a book or binoculars glued to his the beauty and magic of the outdoors. eyes. In the end, it’s Jake who shows his dad the value of putting aside the guide book and ferry schedule to truly experience the beauty and magic of the outdoors.

U.S. $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-34-6 Picture Book, hardcover with dust jacket 9 x 11, 32 pages, ages 4 - 8

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“Breathless with thrilling fun and scary slides, The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! achieves mythic status and takes its willing readers along for the fast, furious, and fabulous sledding fun. You will love how it makes you feel.” —Midwest Book Review

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“ Rule and Thermes gracefully depict the exhilaration of snowy play and the wisp of anxiety that comes as they gaze down the intimidating slope.” —Publishers Weekly

The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! By Rebecca Rule Illustrated by Jennifer Thermes

U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-88-9 Children’s book, hardcover, 9 x 11, 36 pages, ages 4–8

“[Rule] marvels in the details along the way, building up the suspense . . . Thermes beautifully conveys the awesomeness of the hill they have chosen to tackle; none of the kids will speak their fears aloud, though their faces say volumes.”

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On a cold, icy winter day when “the world was ice and we were skaters without skates,” seven children set out on a sledding adventure that soon soars to epic proportions. Lizzie and her friends convince Grampa Bud to let them use his custom-built runner sled—an oldfashioned travis sled built for speed. But first they have to get the long sled up the iciest, diciest, scariest hill ever!

“This is told with so much joie de vivre and illustrated with such humor and gusto that readers will have almost as much fun as the sledders.” ­—Booklist

—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

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“Mystery and adventure make this a suspenseful, can't-put-it down book, but it's Cooper and Packrat's blind determination to save the loons against all odds that will steal your heart. I closed the book longing to hear that beautiful call only a loon can make."

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—Jo Knowles, author of the award-winning See You at Harry's

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The Last New England Vampire By Sarah L. Thomson

“Packed with intrigue and sweet humor, this mystery with a conservation twist will grab young readers ... A story that should turn even the most finicky readers into happy campers.”

Haley is a teenager struggling to cope with a new stepmom, a baby brother, and a family illness. When she digs into her family history, she uncovers a ghostly past, forcing her to overcome doubts and confront a vampire in order to save herself and her family. Inspired by a true New England story.

—Kirkus Reviews

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-36-0 Middle grade fiction (grades 6–9), softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 172 pages

Mystery on Pine Lake

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Trouble has come to Wilder Family Campground and Pine Lake. Someone is out to hurt the loons. Cooper and his new buddy Packrat must find out who, and stop them before it’s too late. A fast-paced adventure mystery for middle-grade readers. U.S. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-86-5 Middle Grade Fiction, hardcover with dust jacket, 6 x 9, 152 pages

Billy Boy

By Jean Mary Flahive A Civil War-era tale of friendship, loyalty, and compassion. Inspired by a true event and painstakingly researched. U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-13-1 YA Historical fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 294 pages

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Seashells

Treasures from the Northeast Coast by Joanne Roach-Evans As any visitor to the beach knows, all sorts of treasures can be found if you know how and where to look. This beautifully illustrated pocket guide helps young beachcombers find, and identify, shells of animals commonly found on Northeast shores. Writing specifically with the Northeast in mind, author and artist Joanne Roach-Evans describes clams, limpets, whelks, mussels, oysters, periwinkles, and more, in gentle prose with just the right amount of scientific information to satisfy the budding explorer. Easy enough for preschoolers to understand, but scientific enough to satisfy a middleschooler, Seashells will appeal to any beach lover! U.S. $10.95 / CAN: $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-79-7 Illustrated guidebook, 6 x 6, 32 pages, ages pre-K to 8

wrote and illustrated her first children’s book at age nine and that’s when she decided that she would be a children’s book author and illustrator when she grew up. She pursued her passion for art at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, and her love of writing at Worcester State University, where she received a BFA in English and an MA in Education. She currently teaches applied arts, digital design, and traditional drawing and art history at Quinsigamond Community College. As a curious naturalist, she draws inspiration from the natural world and expresses it in her writing and painting. When she’s not teaching, writing, or painting, she can be found beachcombing along New England’s shores. A self-professed tomboy, she is fascinated not just by beautiful seashells and birds but also the underappreciated seaweed and rocks. She lives in central Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and a garden full of birds.

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John Ford Sr.

As I walked through the maze of poles where the majority of the traps were located, I suddenly found myself plunging down

through the ice and into the icy cold water below. I was completely surrounded by the heavy spring-loaded traps attached to the set poles. Everything happened so quickly. I instinctively extended my arms, catching myself on what little thin ice remained around me, still clutching the chisel in one hand. I was hanging midway up to my chest in the freezing water as I heard the ice cracking under the strain of my weight. With snowshoes firmly attached to my feet, it would have been impossible to swim if I had to. I didn’t dare to kick or thrash around, fearing one of the large traps placed precariously close by might latch onto my This Cider Still Tastes Funny! Further Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine by John Ford Sr.

Not only was John Ford’s first book, Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good a smash hit, so was John! He spent much of 2012 entertaining and delighting audiences across Maine with a mix of serious, hilarious, and often self-deprecating tales of his adventures as both a Maine Game Warden and a Sheriff. As one reviewer wrote after seeing John in person, “Even if you only find his book is half as good as his standup comedy routine—as funny as anything you’re likely to see—you’ll find it worth the read.” Trust us, it is worth the read. And now he is back with more wonderful, and more importantly, genuine, stories in This Cider Still Tastes Funny.

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U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-46-9 Nonfiction/Outdoors, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 254 pages

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snowshoes, or even worse, onto my foot.

Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good

Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine By John Ford Sr. Retired Maine Game Warden John Ford has seen it all. He’s been shot at by desperate prison escapees, been outwitted by wily trappers, and rescued scores of animals. As a tenacious and successful warden, he was always willing to spend the time needed to nab violators of the state’s fish and game laws. At the same time, though, he wasn’t a cold, heartless, go-by-the-book enforcer; he usually had a good quip ready when he slipped the handcuffs on a violator, and he wasn’t above accepting a lesson learned as sufficient penalty for breaking the law. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-94-0 Nonfiction/Outdoors, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 208 pages


V.Paul Reynolds

Backtrack

By V. Paul Reynolds In Backtrack, former naval officer, avid outdoorsman, sportsman, editor, and award-winning journalist V. Paul Reynolds journeys back along the path of his life to revisit and share with readers many of his outdoor experiences. Reynolds was introduced to the outdoors by his father, Harvard Reynolds, in the 1940s. Harvard took his son to many of his own favorite hunting and fishing spots, helping give birth to his son’s lifelong love affair with the outdoors. Later, Harvard eventually took his son to his first smoke-filled hunting camp, where amber liquid flowed and profanity filled the room. Reynolds soon understood how the outdoors could bestow both the love of nature and the joy of friendship. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-64-3 Nonfiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5

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V. Paul Reynolds is editor and co-publisher of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. For 23 years, he worked as editorial-page editor and managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He has also been a radio talk show host and a journalism instructor at the University of Maine. From 1994 to 1998, he was Director of Information and Education for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Reynolds also writes a self-syndicated weekly outdoor column for a number of Maine newspapers, and co-hosts a Sunday night radio program called The Maine Outdoors. He is an active outdoorsman, a devoted deer hunter, and a Registered Maine Guide. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and serves on the board of directors of the New England Outdoor Writers Association. His outdoor columns and photography have won a number of first-place awards in New England competitions. He and his wife, Diane, a retired teacher, live in Hampden with an English setter named Sally.

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“When the loons are calling and a soft breeze is blowing across the lake, many of us enjoy leaning back in a comfortable lawn chair and spending some time reading a good outdoor book ... If you’re in the mood for that kind of summer reading, you might want to get your hands on V. Paul Reynolds’s latest book, Backtrack.”

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Paul Fournier

Paul fournier The late Paul Fournier was a native Mainer with a long career in the Maine woods, starting out as a registered Maine Guide and bush pilot. For twenty years he was the public information officer for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. He also produced a weekly television program, Maine Fish and Wildlife, for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. He has written and photographed extensively for a number of magazines, including Audubon, Natural History, National Geographic,Yankee, Down East, Field & Stream, and Outdoor Life, among others.

Birds of a Feather by Paul Fournier

In this new collection, Maine guide, bush pilot, journalist, and professional photographer Paul Fournier spins more stories of the wild outdoors in the inimitable style that earned him the Best Book of 2011 Award from the New England Outdoor Writers Association for Tales from Misery Ridge. In the title essay, Fournier all tells the fascinating story of how for f devoted scientists, citizens, and outdoor professionals brought back the bald eagle in Maine one nesting pair at a time. Other tales strike a similar vein: a group of volunteers and biologists strive to save the rare Arctic char in a remote Maine lake, the author attempts to spy a cougar in Maine, and he and a friend find a daring way to film a world famous clowning skier’s downhill run in one “take.” Among his adventures and misadventures over the decades, Fournier covers the Sonny Liston/Mohammed Ali fight in Lewiston, gets perilously close to a rutting moose, and witnesses how a pair of deer poachers are literally caught in their own trap. Experienced outdoorsmen in particular will nod with appreciation and pleasure at the author’s experiences, and armchair explorers will enjoy his entertaining essays about the strange habits of forest fauna. This diverse collection of stories finds its unity in the author’s humor, authority, and love of his subjects: Maine and its wild and civilized inhabitants, whether they climb, slink, swim, fly—or walk on two feet.

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The Great Outdoors When we were developing the book Where Cool Waters Flow, we met author Randy Spencer in the isolated sportsman’s paradise of Grand Lake Stream, Maine. Randy, a Master Maine Guide, gave us a tour of the area both on foot and by canoe. He spoke with an awe of the people and the place as if both were magical. And maybe they are. These four books help convey a little of that magic.

Tales from Misery Ridge One man’s adventures in the great outdoors By Paul J. Fournier

Paul Fournier writes about his experiences and adventures in Maine’s great North Woods and beyond. Readers will soar with him on his first solo flight in a Piper Cub, see how a master builder makes Fournier’s dream canoe a reality, meet brave flying Maine Wardens on rescue calls, net some spectacularly large salmon, and take part in a historic mission to transplant caribou from Newfoundland to Maine. Tales from Misery Ridge is a collection of those and other stories from a special time—and place.

Named Best Book of 2011 by the New England Outdoor Writers Association

Three Years in the Maine Woods By Helen Hamlin Helen Hamlin’s classic Nine Mile Bridge is one of the best books ever written about the Allagash and St. John River regions and details a way of life in the northern forests that otherwise would fade from memory. Trappers, foresters, lumbermen, woods folk, and wild animals, as well as frozen dogsled runs, hunting, fishing, simple joys, and awe-inspiring beauty, form the backdrop for Hamlin’s remarkable adventure. U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-9671662-5-4 Nonfiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 282 pages

My Life in the Maine Woods

A Game Warden’s Wife in the Allagash Country By Annette Jackson Annette Jackson recounts her North Woods experiences with her renowned game warden husband, Dave, during the 1930s when they lived with their young children on the shores of Umsaskis Lake. Annette was an avid sportswoman and nature lover, and she writes simply and compellingly of hunting, fishing, campfire cooking, and the sounds of the wilderness through the seasons. She also visits the trappers, fishermen, and woodsmen with whom she shared the legendary wilderness. U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-9763231-9-8 Nonfiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 216 pages

Where Cool Waters Flow Four Seasons with a Master Maine Guide By Randy Spencer

Master Maine Guide Randy Spencer knows the lakes, streams, and woodlands around Grand Lake Stream, Maine, like few others. He has learned the old ways—from the proper way to prepare shore lunches, to where to find the best salmon and bass, to how to survive in the wilderness— from some of the area’s local legends. Randy puts you in the casting seat of his Grand Laker, introduces his many “sports” who come from miles away to decompress, brings you out on the trail during fall hunts, and takes you on many other adventures as only an insider can.

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U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-60-5 Nonfiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 206 pages

Nine Mile Bridge

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-28-5 Nonfiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 330 pages

Named Best Book of 2010 by the New England Outdoor Writers Association

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Astrid Sheckels

The Fish House Door

We first met Astrid several years ago at an illustrator’s show in Portland, Maine. The twenty-something artist had never illustrated a book, but we were blown away by her talent. So, we tucked away her samples and went searching for the perfect story. When The Scallop Christmas came across our desk, we knew it was a great opportunity for her first book. Just a few years later, she is practically a veteran, and we are thrilled to publish her first book as both author AND illustrator. With Nic and Nellie, Astrid returns again to the coast, and the result is both sweet and breathtaking.

Written by Robert Baldwin Illustrated by Astrid Sheckels Shawn’s father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather have hauled traps, painted buoys, and cleaned brushes on the same fish house door for decades. To Shawn, the door is just a weathered old piece of wood with broken hinges. But an island visitor gives Shawn a new perspective—and a fresh look at the people and traditions that have shaped his past and will chart his future. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-30-8 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 9.25 x 11.25, 36 pages, ages 5–9

Gold Medal, 2010 Moonbeam Award, Best Picture Book

The Scallop Christmas

Written by Jane Freeberg Illustrated by Astrid Sheckels

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Times were tough in Marcie’s small New England fishing village. No one had money, and work was hard to find. So the villagers rejoiced one glorious fall when an unexpected bounty of scallops filled their little bay. For young Marcie, a week harvesting scallops also brought unexpected and unforgettable adventure and lessons about love and what is really important. This beautiful children’s book is loosely based on a true story told to author Jane Freeberg decades ago. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-25-4 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 9.25 x 11.25, 36 pages, ages 5–9

Winner of the 2009 Maine Lupine Honor Award for a picture book of outstanding merit

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“For any child who’s off to sleepaway camp or who’s ever felt a little homesick, this book deserves to be packed in their suitcase as a reminder of how exciting a new adventure can be . . . A beautifully illustrated picture book that reminds us how fleeting summer can be, but how its adventures that take us out of our comfort zone can last a lifetime. “

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—The Talking Walnut


Nic rolled a beach stone in her hands. The rock was so smooth and so round and so pretty. The ocean had rolled it against other rocks, wearing down every bump and rough edge. Mom said that holding an island rock in her hands always made her feel like she was home. Nic filled her pockets with rocks. She tossed and turned in the dark room. She tightly clutched her raccoon and a beach rock, but a tear still slipped down her cheek.

Nic and Nellie

by Astrid Sheckels Everyone gets homesick. And Nic is no different. She’s so excited about spending the entire summer on a small New England island with her grandparents that she counts down the days through winter and spring. But when the grand adventure finally begins, she finds tears and loneliness instead of joy and freedom. Astrid Sheckels’s picture book Nic and Nellie is a gorgeously illustrated, heartwarming story of a girl and her beloved dog, Nellie, who slowly learn that new places really aren’t so scary, and that often friends can be found around every corner, even in old rowboats, tidal ponds, and stinky mudflats. U.S. $17.95 / CAN $20.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-52-0 Chilldren’s Picture Book, hardcover, 9.25 x 11.25, 36 pages, ages 4–9

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The Circle Paintings children’s calendar books

Twenty-five years ago, Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar unveiled her first circle painting. Fascinated by images in a kaleidoscope, she painted circles within circles, each layer pulsing with energy, color, and patterns inspired by the natural world. Fourteen more circle paintings followed, each one with an animalistic theme ranging from the real to the imagined to the fanciful, from Australia to Asia, merry-go-rounds to blue moons. This calendar brings all fifteen of the paintings together to create a remarkable visual treat.

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Dahlov Ipcar Full Circle 2014 12-month (January to December) calendar U.S. $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-939017-19-2 Calendar, 11.88” x 11.88”, saddle wire

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Dahlov Ipcar’s Farmyard Alphabet Written and Illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

This delightful board book pairs fresh original verses with timeless illustrations from Ipcar’s career. From apples and barns to vegetables and woodstoves, both the unique text and bold, bright artwork celebrate farm life in Ipcar’s inimitable style.

The ABCs of Maine

U.S. $10.95 / CAN $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-43-8 Board book, 6 x 6, 20 pages, ages 2–6

You don’t have to be a Mainer to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of this alphabet book, where an egret, full of grace, smiles at playful foxhounds, giving chase. As in all her board books, Ipcar pairs simple rhymes with striking visual art. A vintage feel, plus contemporary colors. The result? Timeless! Dahlov Ipcar’s Maine Alphabet

Written and Illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

Maine Alphabet

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Price: U.S. $10.95 / CAN $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-87-2 Board book, 6 x 6, 24 pages, ages 2–6

Written and Illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

Ipcar’s second board book draws on illustrations from ten of her previous children’s books, as well as some of her fine art paintings. Her original rhyming couplets take readers on a fantastic trip from antelopes to tigers all the way to “Z is for Zebra, who always comes last.”

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Maine Alphabet

The third board book from Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar, this one contains an original illustration done especially for this edition, her first new children’s book illustration in more than twenty years. The Maine wildlife and coastal scenes are near and dear to her heart, and this new book serves as a kind of love letter to her home state, where she has lived and worked for almost 75 years, where, as she writes, “A is for animals, wild and free,” and W is for “woodlands of wonder for you and for me.”

Dahlov Ipcar’s Wild Animal Alphabet

U.S. $10.95 / CAN $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-58-2 Board book, 6 x 6, 22 pages, ages 2–6

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Dahlov Ipcar Animal Hide & Seek

Written and Illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar Sometimes, you need to know what to look for in order to see an animal, even if it’s hiding in plain sight! In Animal Hide & Seek, legendary Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar first offers young readers portraits of woodland animals and then, on the companion page, sets the animal into its natural setting, camouflaged for the careful reader to find. Gentle prose describes the animals and their habitats, from deer to rabbits, from squirrels to salamanders. U.S. $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-80-3 Picture Book, hardcover with dust jacket 9 x 11, 32 pages, ages 4 - 8

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Written and Illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar The Cat at Night depicts on bold pages, which alternate between bright color and dark night scenes, the journey of a farmer’s cat as it walks from the farm to the city, through fields, farms, and forests. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-23-0 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 8.75 x 11.5, 48 pages, ages 4–9

My Wonderful Christmas Tree

Written and Illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar A delightful book for children of all ages as they discover the colorful and curious creatures of New England fields and forests at Christmastime, as only Dahlov Ipcar can present them. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-22-3 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 8.75 x 11.5, 40 pages, ages 4–9

Hardscrabble Harvest

The Calico Jungle

A charming story about the running battle between a farm family and the mischievous animals that plunder the fields. In rollicking verse and wonderful illustrations, Dahlov Ipcar tells of the hard work that goes into making a bountiful fall harvest.

A boy takes a fantastical journey through a jungle landscape on a calico quilt his mother has made for him, encountering calico birds pecking at fruits, calico elephants giving each other shower baths, calico antelope hiding in trees, and more.

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-24-7 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 9 x 11.5, 32 pages, ages 4–9

U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-31-5 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 7.75 x 11.25, 42 pages, ages 4–9

Written and Illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

Written and Illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

The Little Fisherman

One Horse Farm

Stripes and Spots

The first children’s book illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar. The book, with its authentic coastal scenes, helped establish her distinctive style and ignited a four-decade creative run that saw her write and illustrate more than 30 children’s books.

One Horse Farm tells the story of a boy and a horse who grow up together on a farm and watch the world change around them. It’s a book that comes from the heart for Dahlov Ipcar. “It was the life I lived,” she says.

A young tiger sets out on his own to explore and hunt, determined to catch things with stripes. A young leopard sets out on his own to explore and hunt, determined to catch things with spots. And when the two youngsters meet, their adventures double! In this delightful children’s book, Ipcar’s artwork has never looked bolder or brighter.

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-14-8 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 9.25 x 11.25, 38 pages, ages 4–9

U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-39-1 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 10.25 x 8.75, 36 pages, ages 4–9

U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-70-4 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 8.5 x 11, 42 pages, ages 4–8

Written by Margaret Wise Brown Illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

Written and Illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

Dahlov Ipcar Collection

The Cat at Night

Written and Illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

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Classic Downeast Humor

Once a few years ago when I was working on a vessel, we lost our navigatin’ system and the captain was in a panic. I calmly told him, “don’t worry, in situations like this, we often just navigate with potatoes.” Well, he looked at me like I was

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Father Fell Down the Well By Kendall Morse

For decades, Kendall Morse was a multitalented entertainment force. Born and raised in Machias, the grandnephew of a renowned local storyteller, Kendall began telling stories professionally in the early 1970s. He eventually hosted a show on Maine Public Television called In the Kitchen, wrote a book by the same name and released a popular album called Seagulls and Summer People. Kendall was also a successful folksinger. Three times he was voted Folksinger of the Year by the Maine Country Music Association, was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995, and was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for his role in the double CD, Singing through the Hard Times, a tribute to Utah Phillips. Father Fell Down the Well is a wonderful collection of traditional Downeast stories collected and performed by Kendall during a career of performing in Maine and across America.

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U.S. $14.95 / CAN $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-21-5 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5

hell do you navigate with potatoes?” “Well,” I said, “It’s Downeast radar. You just take a bag of them potatoes you got down below, you go up on bow and, one at a time, you throw a potato out ahead of you as hard as you can. And when one of ‘em don’t

splash, you turn.

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A Maine Pot-Hellion By Various

The historic album A Maine Pot-Hellion is now available on CD for the first time! In the late 1950s, Marshall Dodge of Bert and I fame produced an album under the Bert and I label that brought together many of the popular storytellers of the era. Many of them served as inspiration for Dodge and Bob Bryan as they wrote material for their Bert and I stories. Collected here are 16 classic stories such as “Frost, You Say?” and “Mud Time” from storytellers such as Horace Stevens, Alan Bemis, Betty Brown and Walter Kilham. U.S. $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-20-8 1 CD, Maine Humor

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Bert and I

The iconic “Bert and I” stories were created by Yale students Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan in the late 1950s and performed around campus. The two amateur storytellers soon recorded a short 10-inch album of 11 stories for friends and family, but ultimately pressed just a few hundred. However, in 1958, growing popularity prompted them to record and release the seminal commercial album of New England humor and storytelling: Bert and I . . . And Other Stories from Down East. Featuring 19 stories, the album depicted Maine fishermen and woodsmen with dry, classic humor and set the tone and direction of the genre for decades. Bert and I. . .The Book

By Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan Bert and I . . . The Book features more than sixty classic “Bert and I” stories. The characters everyone loves and remembers are all here: Bert and his fellow fisherman, known only as “I”; Gagnon, World Champion Moose Caller; Virgil Bliss, the dirtiest man in Hancock County; Arnold Bunker, Kenneth Fowler, Camden Pierce, Harry Whitfield, and many more. The stories are drawn from five “Bert and I” albums recorded over nearly two decades, including the seminal Bert and I . . . And Other Stories from Down East, perhaps the most important comedy album in New England history. Bert and I . . . The Book also includes the first complete “Bert and I” discography, including original album art and liner notes, as well as an introduction by Rebecca Rule, a New Hampshire author and storyteller (Live Free and Eat Pie!, Headin’ for the Rhubarb!) who writes and performs stories in the grand tradition of “Bert and I.”

The Best of Bert and I By Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan

Our special-edition CD features the best routines selected from the four original Bert and I CDs, plus stories taken from Bert and I On Stage and The Downeast Smile-In, a television show featuring Marshall Dodge. All tracks on this commemorative CD have been digitally remastered for clarity. These 34 stories wonderfully capture the groundbreaking, iconic brilliance of Dodge and Bryan, and include “Bert and I,” “Which Way to Millinocket?,” “Set ’er Again,” and “No News.” U.S. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-05-6 1 CD, Maine Humor

U.S. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-37-7 Maine Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 140 pages

Bert and I . . . And Other Stories from Down East

Bert and I & More Bert and I

Bert and I. . . On Stage

The Return of Bert and I (1972) and Bert and I Stem Inflation (1976) are combined on one CD, featuring stories “Gagnon,” “Harry Startles Wiscasset,” and “Frost, You Say.”

Bert and I . . . And Other Stories from Down East (1958) and More Bert and I (1961) are combined on one CD, featuring 33 stories including “Bert and I,” and “Which Way to Millinocket?”

This wonderful CD captures the magic of a Marshall Dodge performance. All tracks have been digitally remastered for improved quality. Stories include “Set ’er Again” and “One Heckuva Draft.”

U.S. $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-10-0 1 CD, Maine Humor

U.S. $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-09-4 1 CD, Maine Humor

U.S. $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-11-7 1 CD, Maine Humor

U.S. $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-26-1 1 CD, Maine Humor

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The Return of Bert and I

More than 50 years after its release, the milestone album has been digitally remastered for this special CD edition, which also includes three bonus stories taken from the private 10-inch record that preceded the first commercial record, but either did not appear on the commercial album or were changed.

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It’s a Great Big Ida World!

Finding Your Inner Moose

Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life By Susan Poulin

Meet Ida LeClair, the funniest woman in Maine. Ida is also a newly minted “Certified Maine Life Guide” who wants to help you live a better, happier life. Ida is a lifelong resident of Mahoosuc Mills, an impossible-to-find, but oh-so-familiar town in Western Maine, where she lives in a tidy and tastefully decorated double-wide with high school sweetheart Charlie and adorable dog Scamp. Most importantly, Ida (aka the alter ego of popular performer Susan Poulin) is a daughter, sister, wife, and best friend who draws upon her experiences (as well as those of the noble and majestic moose) to offer practical and hilarious advice on relationships, physical fitness, stress, housecleaning, work, shopping, fun, and more. In Finding Your Inner Moose, you’ll find sections such as: What Did I Do Wrong to Deserve this Turkey Gobbler Neck, I Can’t Die Today Because if Anyone Saw the State of My House, I’d Just Die, and Feng Shui-ing the Double Wide. This book is 100% Ida, who, as her husband Charlie often says, “just loves giving advice to people, whether they ask for it or not!”  U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-91-9 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 172 pages

the wisdom of ida On misplaced resentment: “I’d see how many fish Grampy’d catch and get discouraged—you know, start thinking the fish were conspiring against me, deliberately choosing Grampy’s line over mine.” On being prepared: “We need to know what to do if we’re on one of our field trips, and, God forbid, one of us needs first aid or something. Right now, all we have in our first-aid kit is premoistened towelettes, ibuprofen, and Hershey’s Kisses.” Read Ida’s weekly blog every Monday at www.justaskida.com

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john mcdonald’s

MaineTrivia a storyteller’s useful guide to useless i n f o r m at i o n

Headin’ for the Rhubarb!

Live Free and Eat Pie!

A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire By Rebecca Rule

John McDonald’s Maine Trivia

A New Hampshire Dictionary (well, kinda) By Rebecca Rule

Storyteller extraordinaire Rebecca Rule has lived her entire life (so far) in the Granite State, and has performed thousands of shows from the state’s Atlantic coastline to its Canadian border. In short, she knows New Hampshire. In her latest book, she helps people from away and natives alike understand the state’s unique vernacular, and helps save some pieces of Old New Hampshire in the process. (And did I mention she tells a few stories as well?) Hilarious, and pure Becky.

Who doesn’t like pie? Who doesn’t like to laugh? Who doesn’t like Becky Rule? They all come together in this hilarious guide to the Granite State. Becky, a very popular—and busy—New Hampshire storyteller provides her interpretation of the state’s history, culture, climate, attractions, and more.

Professional storyteller John McDonald, author of the now-classic A Moose and a Lobster Walk into a Bar, offers up his unique take on Maine trivia. John delivers an educational and hilarious mix of basic and fun facts about the Pine Tree State, including, of course, more than a few wicked funny stories, and the illustrations by Mark Ricketts add spice to the stories.

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-17-9 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5,184 pages

A Storyteller’s Useful Guide to Useless Information By John McDonald

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-73-5 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 144 pages

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-44-5 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 252 pages

down the road a piece

A Storyteller’s Guide to Maine By John McDonald

By John McDonald

This now-classic collection of Maine stories by John was one of our first books and one of our most successful, paving the way for both down the Road A Piece and Maine Trivia. If you pay attention, you can probably catch John performing these stories live somewhere. U.S. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-9671662-7-8 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 172 pages

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John’s hilarious follow-up to A Moose and a Lobster Walk into a Bar. This “guidebook” offers tips to tourists and tries to help them better “understand” the glorious state of Maine—from its history to its weather to its unique vocabulary. But this is not just for flatlanders; it’s also great for natives looking to brush up on their home state—actually, this is great for anyone just looking to laugh.

A Moose and a Lobster Walk into a Bar . . .

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-9763231-3-6 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 158 pages

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Mark Scott Ricketts

Folks from away who visit Maine are commonly known as: c. Summer Complaints

b. Tourists

d. “&#%!@!!!” e. All of the above

A Flatlander’s Guide to Maine by Mark Scott Ricketts

A flatlander, by definition (at least by our definition) is anyone not originally from Maine. We forgive them. Really, we do. In fact, we want to help. A Flatlander’s Guide to Maine offers visitors, transplants, wary guests, native animal species, and anyone else uninitiated in the ways of the Pine Tree State a well-researched and finely illustrated educational guidebook. Readers will learn about the state’s culture, attractions, animals, plants, history, lingo, and many other important aspects of Maine life. We are confident this book will make your visit more intellectually fulfilling and will enhance your Vacationland experience. Okay, okay, actually this book is mostly a lot of humorous drawings, silly cartoons, and made-up stories written and illustrated by the uber-talented Mark Scott Ricketts. (Yes, he’s a flatlander, but he’s wicked funny. Check him out at www.mscottricketts. com.) If you learn anything, that’s on you. But it is ALL about Maine, and we 100% stand by our claim that it will make your visit more fun, and you WILL laugh. (P.S. Natives will love it, too!)

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U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-49-0 Humor, softcover, 8 x 10, 104 pages

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what they’re

saying

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“The only thing better than Maine is getting to experience it through the eyes of Mark Ricketts.” —THE MAINE EDGE


Contentment Cove

Abbott’s Reach

Mary Peters

Silas Crockett

Windswept

Contentment Cove is a riveting story of class distinctions in a 1950s coastal village during a time of cultural change.

Set in nineteenth-century Maine, Abbott’s Reach is a story with excitement, romance, adventure, and family strife. This gripping novel is the sequel to the author’s Pink Chimneys.

Captures in vivid detail the transition and turmoil along the coast of Maine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Traces life on the Maine coast from the era of clipper ships through Grand Banks fishing to the arrival of summer residents.

The book spans six decades and recounts the romantic and tumultuous saga of a Maine family who makes its home Down East.

By Miriam Colwell

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-04-9 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 212 pages

Strangers on the Beach By Josh Pahigian

U.S. $22.95 / CAN $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-83-4 Fiction, hardcover, 6 x 9, 282 pages

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-42-1 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 292 pages

Revenge of the Lobster Lover

By Hilary MacLeod It’s lobster season at The Shores. Enter Camilla, founder of the Lobster Liberation Legion, spouting crustacean right-to-life rhetoric. The legion sets about freeing lobsters from their traps, angering villagers. In the tragic events that follow, hidden connections reveal themselves. Published by Acorn Press U.S. $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-894838-48-1 Mystery, softcover, 6 x 9, 320 pages

By Mary Ellen Chase

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 0-9763231-5-X Historical fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 314 pages

By Mary Ellen Chase

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 0-9671662-2-5 Historical fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 336 pages

By Mary Ellen Chase

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 0-9763231-6-8 Historical fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 388 pages

Mind Over Mussels

Stealing History

Breaking Ground

One night, Amateur sleuth Hy McAllister trips over a body on the beach. As Hurricane Angus moves up the coast, Mountie Jane Jamieson and Hy vie to figure out who killed who and why, but they’re crippled by the hurricane, a power failure, and, finally, a dense fog. The Shores is sheltering a murderer. Published By Acorn Press

Stealing History is a murder mystery set in a historical society in western Maine. The book is sure to enthrall readers who love to curl up with a good mystery. This book weaves details of small-town life, delightful characters, and history into a suspenseful tale that keeps you guessing up until the last page.

Julie Williamson from Stealing History is embroiled yet again in a mystery set at the Ryland Historical Society. This time, a benefactor is murdered on the morning of the ceremony celebrating the construction of an important new building at the historical society center.

U.S. $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-894838-60-3 Mystery, softcover, 6 x 9, 320 pages

U.S. $15.95 / CAN $17.95 ISBN: 978-0-9763231-7-4 Mystery, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 218 pages

By Hilary MacLeod

By William D. Andrews

By William D. Andrews

children’s fiction books

When eccentric billionaire Ferdinand Sevigny’s latest stunt, to sail around the world blindfolded, goes awry, he lands in Maine. Despite mounting evidence to the contrary and an investigation by local police, Sevigny refuses to admit foul play was involved in his mishap. As more people become entangled in the mystery, they will be forced to make decisions that will define them forever.

By Ardeana Hamlin

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-38-4 Mystery, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 272 pages

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Love on the Rocks

Edited by John and Kathryn Muether This anthology celebrates Mount Desert Island in its golden age, the late 19th century, when it was a summer playground for wealthy out-ofstaters, and most importantly to many, a place for the rich to meet their future husbands and wives. This era spawned a genre of fiction that was known as “The Bar Harbor Novel.” U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-18-6 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 168 pages

A Fisherman’s Guide to Maine

children’s books fiction/nonfiction

By Kevin Tracewski

This book tells you where, when, and how to catch game fish in Maine. From migrating striped bass along the south coast to native brook trout in the North Woods, this book provides anglers with the information they need. u.s. $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-19-3 Nonfiction, softcover, 154 pages

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A Maine Summer Island By F. Benjamin Carr

Harbor Journal, Vol. 2 Anthology

Bustins Island lies just offshore from the hustle and bustle of the tourist mecca of Freeport, yet most people know little, if anything, about it. Bustins features more than 100 homes, and boasts its own seasonal ferry service. Still, it has no electricity, no businesses, and almost no vehicles.

A literary sampler from more than 50 Maine writers and artists, this journal includes writing from Tim Sample, Sanford Phippen, Sarah Sherman McGrail, Trudy Chambers Price, Robert Skoglund, Miriam Colwell, and many more. Published by Cozy Harbor Press

U.S. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-15-5 Nonfiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 172 pages

U.S. $24.95 ISBN: 978-0-9655925-4-3 Fiction, Softcover, 7 x 10, 354 pages

Shoutin’ into the Fog

The Cows are Out!

By Thomas Hanna

By Trudy Chambers Price

Hanna writes a gritty Depression-era memoir of life in Midcoast Maine. This touching memoir brings to life a time and place in Maine that is not often written about, yet stands as testament to the resiliency and spirit of all Mainers.

Price and her husband raised two sons and hundreds of cows on Craneland Farm in Central Maine. In this bittersweet memoir of two decades of dairy farming, Price writes of the daily trials of haying and milking against a backdrop of gentle and entertaining rural life.

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-9763231-8-1 Memoir, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 306 pages

U.S. $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-9671662-9-2 Memoir, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 250 pages

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Not Too Awful Bad A Storyteller’s Guide to Vermont By Leon Thompson

A Vermont writer and journalist delivers up a “guide” to the Green Mountain State as only an insider can. He tackles his home state’s history, culture, seasons, attractions, vernacular, and much, much more.

The Road to Down Street

The Story of North Bath By Nancy Dearborn Lovetere North Bath is set on a beautiful peninsula rich not only in its pristine beauty but also in its history. Native Nancy Dearborn Lovetere brings this historic Maine community to life in a meticulously researched book.

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-27-8 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 160 pages

U.S. $22.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-40-7 History, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 220 pages

Old Maine Woman

The Story of Mount Desert Island

By Glenna Johnson Smith Smith offers a nostalgic look at her childhood on the Maine coast and her observations of life under the big sky and among the rolling potato fields of her beloved Aroostook County, where she has lived for nearly seven decades. U.S. $16.95/CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-41-4 Essays, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 172 pages

By Samuel Eliot Morison This breezy history tells the fascinating story of Maine’s most famous island by master historian and Pulitzer Prize– winning author Samuel Eliot Morison. It remains perhaps the most authentic book on the island’s early history U.S. $15.95 ISBN 1-934031-01-1 History, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 116 pages


Young

By Miriam Colwell Young is a lively and moving story of one woman’s restlessness and struggle with small-town life in the 1950s. U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-16-2 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 184 pages

Across the Reach By Cynthia Furlong Reynolds

A story about the special bonds that unite family members, at times across generations and through dark family secrets. U.S. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-58726-518-1 YA Fiction, hardcover, 6 x 9, grades 3–6, 270 pages

By Frenchboro Congregational Church

This cookbook, from the island fishing village of Frenchboro, includes over 300 recipes, a dash of history and island life, and more than 35 photos of island scenes and people. U.S. $15.95 ISBN:978-1-934031-08-7 Cookbook, softcover, 8.5 x 8.5, 140 pages

Here for Generations

by Dean Lawrence Lunt The book uses the 150-year history of Bangor Savings Bank and the adventures of its founders to tell the dramatic tale of Bangor as it transformed from frontier town to Lumber Capital of the World to vital commerce center.

Black Fly Stew: Wild Maine Recipes

Saturday Beans & Sunday Suppers

The View from Mary’s Farm

Shine in the kitchen with new and easy wild game recipes from the length and breadth of the state. From Northern Solstice Publishing

A delicious collection of thoughts, memories, and recipes, all about baked beans, chowder, magical iced tea, hippie pizza, chicken and dumplings, and dinner parties.

A collection of Edie’s essays from Yankee Magazine, written about life on the farm she owns in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.

U.S. $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-60402-047-2 Cookbook, softcover, 6 x 9, 228 pages

U.S. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-9719934-5-7 Essays, softcover, 224 pages

By Kate Krukowski Gooding

Simple Gourmet Lamb with Side Dishes & Wine Pairings

By Kate Krukowski Gooding An eclectic collection of tantalizing lamb recipes from around the world. From Northern Solstice Publishing

By Edie Clark

By Edie Clark

U.S. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-9719934-2-6 Essays, softcover, 192 pages

States of Grace The Place He Made

By Edie Clark

Edie writes honestly about the experience of losing her husband to cancer when their lives were still young.

Thirty-two memorable characters, taken from thirty years of Edie Clark’s archives. Each chapter includes an update that answers the question: What happened next?

By Edie Clark

U.S. $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-9719934-3-3 Nonfiction, softcover, 301 pages

U.S $19.95 ISBN: 978-0-9719934-7-1 Essays, softcover, 320 pages

children’s books

Published by Mitten Press

Favorite Island Recipes

U.S. $9.95 ISBN: 978-1-60585-686-5 Cookbook, softcover, 6 x 9, 110 pages

U.S. $24.95 ISBN: 0-9671662-6-8 Nonfiction, Hardcover, 6 x 9 352 pages

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Titus Tidewater

Mabel Takes the Ferry

For adventurous blue lobster Titus Tidewater, summer means exciting happenings near the shoreline, but also lurking dangers. Titus cautiously explores the ocean floor, but soon finds himself caught in a lobster trap. He is taken away from his familiar surroundings and to a strange new world on land, before he is ultimately rescued by two children and the ocean itself.

Canine sailor Mabel, a summer resident of Islesboro, Maine, takes an unauthorized ferry trip aboard the Margaret Chase Smith to Lincolnville Beach. Mabel visits a restaurant, makes a few friends, and tastes some lobster before finally returning home.

Written and Illustrated by Suzy Verrier

Grammie’s Secret Cupboard

My Cat, Coon Cat

When rain spoils the plans for a day at the beach, Grammie reveals a hidden cupboard full of special toys. She carefully selects just the right thing for her granddaughter—a book that takes her on all the adventures her mind can imagine.

A young girl moves into a new home and slowly wins the affection of a shy Maine coon cat. Beautiful illustrations enhance gentle rhyming verses to create a delightful book for children, cat lovers, and anyone who has felt the warmth of making a new friend.

By Cynthia Furlong Reynolds Illustrated by Bert Dodson

Published by Mitten Press U.S. $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-58726-310-1 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 9.5 x 10.5, 32 pages, ages 4–8

children’s books

The Pig Scramble

U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-32-2 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 9.25 x 11.25, 36 pages, ages 2–8

Written by Jessica Kinney Illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen

At One

Clarence feels he’s not big enough and not helpful enough compared to his big brothers. He just can’t seem to find his place on the family farm. But, when it comes time for the annual county fair, Uncle Leon gives Clarence the advice and selfconfidence he needs to turn things around.

At One lyrically celebrates Maine’s inspirational beauty, from the majesty of Baxter State Park to the crashing waves of the Atlantic.

U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-61-2 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 9 x 11, 36 pages, ages 5–9

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Written by Sandy F. Fuller Illustrated by Jeannie Brett

In a place called Maine Story by Lynn Plourde Art by Leslie Mansmann

U.S. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-06-3 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 8.75 x 10.75, 32 pages, ages 4–8

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U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-9763231-1-7 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 10.5 x 8.25, 38 pages, ages 4–9

A is for Acadia

Mount Desert Island from A to Z Photos by Richard Johnson Text by Ruth Gortner Grierson A is for Acadia is an ABC book featuring vibrant color photographs that highlight the island’s natural beauty. It includes images of harbor seals and barred owls as well as landscapes such as Sand Beach and Bass Harbor. It is fun and informative and should appeal to residents and visitors of any age. U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-03-2 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 11.25 x 8.75, 32 pages, ages 6–12

Written by Emily Chetkowski Illustrated by Dawn Peterson

U.S. $12.95 / CAN $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-99-5 Children’s picture book, softcover, 9.75 x 7.5, 32 pages, ages 2–8

Crustacean Vacation

Written by Brian Benoit Illustrated by Marty Kelley Where do you go when you’re feeling crabby and just need a vacation? To the seaside, of course! Join this frolicksome family of curious crabs as they scuttle on land to picnic at the beach, try their luck in an arcade, and slide and glide in a water park. U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-95-7 Children’s picture book, hardcover, 9.5 x 8.5, 36 pages, ages 4–8


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Average Joe

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Glory Lea Wait

Brian Daniels Thoughts of An Average Joe By Brian Daniels

In 2009, author Brian Daniels created Joe Wright—a clueless, middleaged, thick-around-the-middle man who tends to lean a little right of middle-of-the-road and is hopelessly stuck in the 20th Century. Thoughts of an Average Joe is the hilarious ramblings of a man whose commentaries voice the confusion and angst of a simple, old dude trying to make sense of life in the modern world. In this book, Joe expresses his thoughts about the many issues that confuse or annoy him in the likes of: “I’m Not Ready for the Wireless World,” “Poachers Are Not Hunters,” and “I’m Comfortable in My Old Skin.” He, like most men, struggles to understand his “little woman” and others of her gender. Several essays, including “I’m Afraid of the Little Woman,” and “I’ve Noticed That Women Are Not Like Men,” address the frustration of an old guy trying to get a fix on the inner workings of his wife, Winnie. You’ll get to know Joe, his beloved northern New England hometown—Smalltown—his fascinating friends and family members, Dan’s Market, Small-Mart, Blake’s Esso Station and the Smalltown News. He hopes his stories will bring a smile to your face and warm your heart.

The Contest

Uncertain Glory

Benedict Salem has decided that he’s ready to make his life what he wants it to be, so he moves to Maine, drawn by a beautiful river and its trout. Together with his new friends, Ben founds the Samuel Tippett Fly Fishers club. When the group devises a fishing contest to determine the world’s best trout fly, they have no idea that the pursuit of perfection will soon overtake reason. “Competition can do that,” says Ben. During their quest, the ten participants fight over rules and cease caring about the feelings of their fellow members. This is a tale of how camaraderie among anglers can be tested while arguing the merits of one’s “piscatorial philosophy,” and ultimately, about finding a balance between chasing an ideal and reveling in life’s most important moments.

Joe Wood has dreams. Big dreams. He wants to be a newspaperman, and though he’s only thirteen, he’s already borrowed money for the equipment to start his own press. But it’s April, 1861, and the young nation is teetering on the brink of a civil war. As the effects of war begin to spread over Joe’s hometown of Wiscasset, Maine, he must juggle his personal ambitions with some new responsibilities. He has to help Owen, his young assistant, deal with the challenges of being black in a white world torn apart by color. He needs to talk his best friend, Charlie, out of enlisting. He wants to help a young spiritualist, Nell, whose uncle claims she can speak to the dead. And when Owen disappears, it’s up to Joe to save him. Lea Wait skillfully draws on the lives of real people in Maine’s history to tell this story of three young adults touched by war and the tensions it brings, forcing them into adulthood before they may be ready.

By James Hurley

U.S. $22.95 (fiction) ISBN: 978-1-939017-10-9

Release Date: November 2013

By Lea Wait

The Lake Where Loon Lives

By Brenda Reeves Sturgis Illustrated by Brooke Carlton There’s a lake. With a loon. Two chicks. Sounds peaceful, right? Guess again! The Lake Where Loon Lives starts quietly, but the cumulative story builds, one line at a time, to a wacky and wonderful and splashy crescendo, as the loons are joined by a playful fly, a slippery fish, and a curious boy on the dock. Brenda Reeves Sturgis treats us to fanciful and evocative word play while Brooke Carlton’s exuberant watercolors tell the story behind the story. Mama Loon rolls her eyes and tolerates the antics that take place on the lake until, at the end, she snuggles with her chicks who are ready for sleep, just as the readers of this wonderful picture book will be. U.S. $17.95 (Children’s book) ISBN: 978-1-939017-24-6

Release Date: May 2014

U.S. $16.95 (Middle-grade fiction) ISBN: 978-1-939017-25-3

Release Date: April 2014

U.S. $16.95 (nonfiction) ISBN: 978-1-939017-26-0

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Islandport Press Fall 2013 Catalog  

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