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US Mail Islandport Press P.O. Box 10 Yarmouth, Maine 04096 Front cover photo by Paul Cyr. Author photos by Kevin Bennett.



The Day Jim Nichols Cornered Norman Mailer


Closer All the Time By Jim Nichols

The residents of Baxter, Maine are going nowhere fast—but not for lack of trying. In this artfully written jewel of a novel, award-winning author Jim Nichols strings together the bittersweet stories of people bound by shared geography and the insular nature of small-town life. The cast of characters includes Johnny Lunden, a well-meaning war veteran with a penchant for the local bar; eight-year-old Ted Soule, who shares a first kiss with the Ophelia-like Nadia, the daughter of his Russian neighbors; and Tomi Lambert, who watches the confused adults around her struggle to accept their fates. With the coastal waters of Maine serving as a backdrop, Nichols explores the nature of connection—hoped for, missed, lost, and found. This novel delivers quick-moving, compelling storytelling with a lasting emotional wallop. You’ll devour it in one sitting, but these characters are sure to linger around the edges of your day like memories of old friends and lost loves. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-67-4 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8, 176 p.

Best Fiction 2016 Maine Literary Award

round 1990, Norman Mailer flew into the Knox County Airport, where I was working, on his way up to Bar Harbor. I knew he was coming. So when the plane landed, I climbed on board and cornered him in his seat. There was only one exit, which I was blocking, and he was only there for 10 minutes; he was pretty much captive. I gave him a copy of the Kennebec Magazine containing my story, and said “I don’t want anything, I just want you to read this so that I can say ‘Norman Mailer read one of my stories.’” He replied, “Well, that’s a new one,” and then grouchily accepted it. When Mailer came back through the airport on his way home, he came out of the plane to tell me he’d enjoyed the story, and to ask if I had anything more ambitious to share. He laughed when I whipped out a manuscript, and took it with him. A few weeks later, he wrote me a letter, suggesting I submit the story to Esquire, The Atlantic or The New Yorker. He enclosed letters of recommendation for each. I tried Esquire first. The story was accepted, and appeared in the summer reading issue of 1990. It was pretty cool to see my writing in that magazine, accompanied by an introduction from Mailer. He and I kept up a sporadic correspondence until a few months before his death in 2007. He sometimes sent me line drawings he’d done, which I saved, and even gave a novel I’d written to his agent to shop around to publishers.



Nostalgia Forever Yours, Bar Harbor Historic Postcard Images of Mount Desert Island & Acadia By Earl Brechlin

Before cameras were common, visitors to Mount Desert Island had to remember the beauty of the landscape through postcards. In this book, readers will be transported back in time to the Golden Age of Acadia, Mount Desert Island, and Bar Harbor, when the Rockefellers strolled the streets and carriage roads were actually used for carriages. These antique postcards were once collected and treasured, kept as mementoes and displayed for guests. While digital photography has replaced the postcard as the preferred way to share vacation memories, readers will enjoy traveling through time with registered Maine guide and author Earl Brechlin. Alongside each image, Brechlin provides illuminating details, tidbits of Maine lore, and information about how modern day Mount Desert Island compares with the scenic postcard. This fascinating collection of postcards and stories will appeal to history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone who has been swept away by the magic of the Maine landscape. U.S. $14.95 / CAN $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-42-0 Nostalgia / Gift Book, softcover, 5.5 x 7, 120 p.

Excerpt “Bar Harbor in its Golden Age was one of the most photographed locations in Maine. Everything from the steamships, to the hotels, to the natural wonders of the island, was photographed and turned into a postal card which could be mailed for a penny.” — Earl Brechlin

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Gifts Dahlov Ipcar’s Maine 2017 Calendar By Dahlov Ipcar

The year 2017 marks the 100th birthday of artist and illustrator Dahlov Ipcar, and to celebrate the occasion, Islandport Press presents a poster calendar that showcases Ipcar’s illustrations of her home state of Maine. Taken from some of her finest children’s books, the illustrations in Dahlov Ipcar’s Maine give you twelve images of the state as experienced by the artist herself. Each month, you’ll be treated to a glorious new scene of Maine life, including early days cutting ice and tapping maple trees, watching sailboats along the coast, observing the animals in the woods, and enjoying a farmer’s bounty. Sail along with Dahlov Ipcar and experience the colors, people, and warmth of Maine. U.S. $24.95 ISBN: 978-0-9763231-4-3 Poster Calendar, unbound, 11 x 14, 14 pages, shrinkwrapped Russ Cox is a renowned artist, author, and illustrator. He owns Smiling Otis Studio where he specializes in illustration for children. Detail from Merry Moosey Christmas, written by Lynn Plourde and illustrated by Russ Cox (Islandport Press/Yarmouth, ME) copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.



GeorGe Danby

The Essential Danby By George Danby

For more than 40 years, the keen eye and razor-sharp wit of editorial cartoonist George Danby has given every stripe of politician something to cringe about. In the more than 25,000 cartoons he has drawn, Danby has used humor to expose the truth behind the spin. In The Essential Danby, Danby takes the reader through his own evolution. U.S. $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-07-9 Humor/cartoons, hardcover (DJ), 9.5 x 8.5, 208 p.

Merry Moosey Christmas Holiday Cards By Russ Cox

Hitch up the sleigh and lead the pack this holiday with Maine artist and illustrator Russ Cox and his illustrations from the Islandport Press book, Merry Moosey Christmas, written by Lynn Plourde. Interior message: Wishing You a Shiny and Bright Holiday. U.S. $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-39-0 16 cards with envelopes, 4 color illustrations, 5 x 7



Mystery Board Books

Once Burned By Gerry Boyle

Jack McMorrow and Roxanne have retreated from the stress of their day jobs to raise their daughter. But when arson threatens a nearby town, Jack’s life takes a deeply dark and twisted turn. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-91-8 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 412 p.


Pretty Dead

Cover Story


Crime reporter Jack McMorrow investigates the murder of a woman with ties to a very wealthy and prominent Boston family—a family who just might have buried their dirty secrets with the victim.

Jack McMorrow returns to his old beat at The New York Times and just as he thinks he has a huge story (the mayor is found murdered) things go awry—Jack emerges as a prime suspect.

A tourist has vanished in the backwoods of Maine. Crime reporter Jack McMorrow picks up the scent and takes readers across state lines into a world of mistaken identities, traitorous dealings, and a dangerous hunt for a man no one seems to know much about.

By Gerry Boyle

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-944762-04-9 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 360 p.




By Gerry Boyle

By Gerry Boyle

Jack McMorrow finds that quiet life in the Maine woods isn’t quite as tranquil as he had hoped after a growing local drug trade forces him to tangle with rural hippies, brutal drug dealers, and county fair cronies, setting off a chain of events that culminates in searing violence that strikes very close to home.

A broken heart, a tendency to drink too much, and a desire to try the straight and narrow leads Jack McMorrow into a domesticabuse case and a personal crisis that will test what kind of man he really is. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-52-9 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 392 p.

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-54-3 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 396 p.

By Gerry Boyle

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U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-77-2 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 360 p.

By Gerry Boyle

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-79-6 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 412 p.



By Gerry Boyle

By Gerry Boyle

Jack McMorrow has a new home in the cheerful-sounding town of Prosperity, Maine. But when a freelance gig introduces him to a teen mother and some high school hooligans, it’s not child’s play. A girl is murdered and McMorrow’s investigation places him squarely in the killer’s sights.

When murder visits the seemingly sleepy town of Androscoggin, Maine, it lands in the lap of veteran crime reporter Jack McMorrow. As McMorrow struggles to find his way in a small, rural town, an undercurrent of violence draws him into deep and dangerous waters.

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-45-1 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 360 p.

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-06-2 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 360 p.


Q&A GERRY BOYLE Gerry Boyle began his writing career in newspapers, an industry he calls the “best training ground ever.” Straw Man is Boyle’s 12th book featuring his signature character, crime reporter Jack McMorrow. Where is the most remote place you’ve travelled? Some stretches of the Hopi Reservation in northeastern Arizona, the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, the reaches where Maine’s Penobscot Bay turns to open ocean. Out there, the sense of remoteness is directly related to the size of your boat. What piece of clothing do you still have from college? A blue Woolrich plaid wool shirt, which Portland hipsters eye enviously. Along with my 16-ounce can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Straw Man

By Gerry Boyle When worlds collide, few are spared the collateral damage—least of all crime reporter Jack McMorrow, who has learned the hard way that trouble often blooms in the cracks of human relationships. In this, the 12th installment of the popular Jack McMorrow mystery series, veteran author Gerry Boyle takes his readers into territory all-too-familiar from the daily headlines of illegal gun sales, culture clashes, cyberbullying, and random acts of violence. Prosperity, Maine is no longer the refuge from the real world that it once was, and Jack, and his wife, Roxanne, will be forced to face their most destructive enemies yet—each other. U.S. $24.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-93-2 Fiction/Crime, hardcover (DJ), 6 x 9, 334 p.

Praise “Jack perseveres to a stunning

climax that reveals hidden evil while affirming the humanity in all of us . . . Impossible to put down!” — Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? An ornithologist. Birds, books, beer, boats. What car did you learn to drive in? A dark green 1968 Chrysler 300 sedan, with a 440 cubic inch V-8, complete with Police Pursuit package. Packed with a bunch of teenage guys on a Saturday night, it was aptly named. When you turn to your left at your writing desk, what do you see on your bookshelf? A bunch of novels by Roddy Doyle. He’s a master.



Gift Books Christmas in Maine

Written by Robert P. Tristram Coffin Illustrated by Blue Butterfield Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert P. Tristram Coffin was born in Brunswick, Maine and taught at Bowdoin College. His 1941 depiction of the perfect Maine Christmas describes a house stuffed with aunts, uncles, and cousins by the cartload with mince pies by the legion. He brings to life a bouncy afternoon sled ride, popcorn strung for the tree, and tales told by firelight at the drowsy end of a perfect day. Coffin’s classic ode to Christmas is paired with beautiful woodblock prints by Blue Butterfield. This special edition is sure to become a book to read aloud year after year to remind ourselves of the true meaning of holiday traditions. U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-76-5 Picture Book, all ages, hardcover (DJ), 8 x 10, 32 p.



lue Butterfield is a woodblock print artist who grew up in Bar Harbor and currently resides in Portland, Maine. Her pursuit of the arts began when she hiked up Flying Mountain with Christina Heineger sketching the fiord of Mount Desert Island. After winning an Educational Foundation Art Scholarship to spend her junior year of high school painting in Germany, she graduated from Bowdoin College in 1992. While at Bowdoin, she crossed paths with a visiting professor who happened to be an accomplished woodblock artist. He introduced her to the art, and she has been carving ever since. She is known for her woodblock calendar A Year in Maine, which she has produced annually since 2006. Her works can be found in permanent collections in institutions across Maine.


Coloring Maine

By Blue Butterfield

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Woodblock prints by artist Blue Butterfield make for a welcome and uncommon entry in the coloring book market. The artist’s hand-carved lines allow colorers to bring more of their own artistic interpretations to the page and create an original piece of art. Butterfield’s prints capture the beauty of Maine’s varied landscapes, from Acadia to Katahdin, from inland ponds to brick-lined streets, from swimming holes to the rugged coast. Featuring images of all four seasons, this coloring book will delight young artists and adult colorers alike. U.S. $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-944762-06-3 Coloring Book, softcover, 9 x 9, all ages, 96 p.

Board Books

A Blanding’s Turtle Story Written by Melissa Kim Illustrated by Jada Fitch

This is the third title

in a four-book series called Wildlife on the Move, created in partnership with Maine Audubon.

A Blanding’s Turtle ventures across streams, over roads, and through wetlands to find food and a safe nesting place in this fascinating and educational board book. Readers will join the intrepid turtle as she travels, facing some unexpected challenges along the way. Through a simple narrative with beautiful illustrations, young readers will learn about the Blanding’s Turtle’s behaviors and habitat, threats to its survival, and respectful human interaction to help conserve this rare endangered species. This is the third in a four-part series of board books done in partnership with Maine Audubon, following A Snowy Owl Story and A Little Brown Bat Story. U.S. $10.95 / CAN $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-92-5 Children’s Board Book, ages 0-6, 24 p.

A Snowy Owl Story

A Little Brown Bat Story

Based on a true story, A Snowy Owl Story describes, through the adventures of one particular owl, the recent irruption of Snowy Owls all across the United States. Through simple narrative and beautiful illustrations, youngsters will learn about migration, adaptation, and respectful human interaction with nature.

A Little Brown Bat Story follows one bat through his daily ritual of eating and sleeping, and his annual migration to a safe spot to hibernate in winter. Through a simple narrative with beautiful illustrations, young readers will learn about Little Brown Bat behavior and habitat, threats to the bats’ survival, and how respectful human interaction can help conserve this important and threatened species.

U.S. $10.95 / CAN $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-48-2 Children’s Board Book, 6 x 6, ages 0-6, 24 p.

U.S. $10.95 / CAN $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-70-3 Children’s Board Book, 6 x 6, ages 0-6, 24 p.

Written by Melissa Kim Illustrated by Jada Fitch

Written by Melissa Kim Illustrated by Jada Fitch




The Five Stones Trilogy by G.A. Morgan NEW

They are fighting for more than each other. They are fighting for everything. The Kinfolk

By G.A. Morgan

In the final installment of The Five Stones Trilogy, Chase, Evelyn, and Knox must gather together disparate forces to save not just Ayda but their own world. G.A. Morgan, who “excels at world-building,” (School Library Journal), introduced us to Ayda in The Fog of Forgetting and raised the stakes in Chantarelle. Now she brings the trilogy to a thrilling close with a profound investigation of what it takes to continue believing in one another when almost every hope is gone. U.S. $18.95 / CAN $20.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-82-7 Middle Grade Fiction, hardcover (DJ), 6 x 9, ages 10-14, 250 p.

The Fog of Forgetting


The Five Stones Trilogy introduces the realms of Ayda MOONBEAM A W A R D and a centuries-old battle for control. At stake are the four stones of power and the elusive Fifth Stone that binds them all.

In book two of The Five Stones MOONBEAM Trilogy, Morgan A W A R D raises the stakes with a deeper examination of the evil power at work in Dankar, the conflict between love and loyalty, and the pain of sacrifice.



U.S. $18.95 / CAN $20.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-23-9 Middle Grade Fiction, hardcover (DJ), 6 x 10, ages 10-14, 308 p.

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U.S. $18.95 / CAN $20.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-63-5 Middle Grade Fiction, hardcover (DJ), 6 x 9, ages 10-14, 298 p.


Praise “Teeming with adventure and philosophical richness, this trilogy closer excels.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Reviews (Kinfolk)

“It is a welcome reminder that within childhood, endless possibilities for magic and bravery exist in worlds shared only between children.” — Maine Sunday Telegram (Chantarelle)

Top Five G.A. MORGAN G.A. Morgan is the author of The Five Stones Trilogy, a fantasy adventure tale set partly in Maine. In fact, the trilogy, on one level, is an ode to the mossy ledges and fog-laden shores of Mount Desert Island, where she spent many of her childhood summers. She also named the following five literary influences.

The Tide Trilogy by Elisabeth Ogilvie I read this trilogy when I was stuck in a motel in Florida for two hot, insufferable, flying roach-infested weeks. I devoured these books like a starved wolf at a picnic. They helped me understand where my daylights were calling me, and the seeds of my own trilogy set in Maine and the North Atlantic were planted. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman Another trilogy, this one of vast and incalculable influence on my imagination. Pullman’s deft weaving of religion, mythology, coming-of-age story, and many characters, set in several completely believable worlds has been a standardbearer for me. The Oz series by L. Frank Baum I’m not just talking the most famous Oz book, but all fourteen written by the wizard behind the curtain. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (#1), the characters have lost something vital to them (home, heart, courage, brain). In the end, they find that the power they were seeking already—and always—resided in them. If you read my trilogy, you will see that this theme is pervasive. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez I read this book in college and fell in love with magical realism. In my trilogy, there are supernatural powers at work that my characters do not understand but feel on an intuitive level, even though they consider themselves quite ordinary. Of course, no one is really ordinary. We all have access to magic, and this list is evidence to that fact. The Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan As the world of Ayda and my characters began to grow in my imagination, I read the first couple books in this series to my two sons. At some point, I decided to try and captivate my boys as fully with my own writing, though it’s not clear if I’ve succeeded. Flanagan’s books were the nudge I needed to make it real. They are considered classics in my house.




s a photojournalist, David Hill isn’t just interested in an image; he’s captivated by the stories people and objects tell, and is determined to share these narratives with viewers through his photographs. A lifelong resident of Southern Maine, Hill has always had an interest in vintage cars, but he found that the automobiles with the best storytelling qualities were those that had been abandoned, and were waiting for nature to reclaim them. His passion for vintage cars, storytelling, and the state of Maine is showcased in Full Service through his photos, as well as his short, nostalgic tales of growing up in Maine in the time of the full service gas station. Hill has been working in television photojournalism for over 20 years. He currently works for WGME, where he reports on Maine news and culture.

Full Service

Notes From the Rearview Mirror By David Hill

Full Service features images that David Hill collected while traveling around Maine. He turned his lens on old, forgotten cars, spending their last years rusting and at rest in forests and fields. The true stories, both written and visual, will evoke nostalgia as Hill recounts childhood memories and the circumstances of finding these cars that, with their classic design, still have plenty of beauty left. U.S. $18.95 / CAN $20.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-75-8 Photography, softcover, 10 x 8, 144 p.

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How to Cook a Moose A Culinary Memoir

By Kate Christensen Inspired by her move from Brooklyn to Maine, as well as the slow-food, buylocal movement that has re-energized sustainable farming, bestselling author Kate Christensen turns her blockbuster talent to telling the story of the hardship and happiness that has sustained her adopted home through thick and thin, as demonstrated through the staple foods of the region. Using a candid blend of humor, insight, culinary knowledge, and taste for rugged adventure, Christensen shares personal insights and takes readers on a journey into the lives and landscapes of the farmers, fishermen, hunters, chefs, and families who harvest or produce delicious, healthful food. She also details the history of food in the region and the secrets to cultivating her own sources of joy. The result is a mouthwatering literary stew that combines the magic ingredients of love, personal appetites, hard labor, history, and original recipes. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-47-6 Nonfiction/Memoir, softcover, 6 x 9, 298 p.

Best Memoir 2016 Maine Literary Award



“How to Cook a Moose is Kate Christensen’s gorgeously composed love letter to Maine, its people, and its food. — Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men


Q&A KATE CHRISTENSEN How do food and writing connect for you? I love to cook and to write about food, but I’m not a trained chef; I’m self-taught and still learning. Basically, I’m a home cook of the improvisational, what’s-in-thecupboard school, which is also, possibly not coincidentally, my strategy with writing. Just as the ingredients at hand can dictate a dish, the characters who arise in my imagination and are set in motion at the beginning of a novel can dictate its plot, tone, and themes. You’ve lived in many places over the years. What are some foods that come to memory from each region? I was raised in Berkeley, California in the 1960s and we moved to Arizona in 1970. My favorite childhood dinner was hot dogs, “creamy corn,” and boiled carrot coins with margarine. In 1980 I lived and worked as an au pair, near the town of Moulins, France, where I learned to make mousse au chocolat and rabbit stew and discovered cheese, butter, and wine. I moved to New York City in 1989 and began to realize my lifelong passion, both literary and culinary, for food. What audience did you have in mind when you wrote How to Cook a Moose? This book was written for fellow lovers of Maine, good food, and books about food. I hope How to Cook a Moose will entertain, interest, and delight its readers, as well as inspire them to eat well, simply, locally, sustainably, and with gusto!



Middle Grade

Mystery of the Missing Fox By Tamra Wight Illustrations by Carl DiRocco

The stakes have never been higher for Cooper Wilder. When an accident puts Cooper’s dad in the hospital, Cooper must shoulder new responsibilities at the campground. But he’s distracted. First, he finds a fox caught in an illegal trap on the campground’s land. Then kits start to go missing from the fox den. Who would want to steal the foxes? And why? Cooper joins forces with his friends, Packrat and Roy, to solve the mystery. The three young detectives must protect the den, find the kits, and (hopefully) rule out Summer, the new girl who lives across the lake, as a suspect. Juggling new work duties, feeling guilty about his father’s accident, and desperate to help the fox kits, Cooper faces tough decisions about who—and what— should come first. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-89-5 Middle Grade Fiction, hardcover (DJ), 6 x 9, ages 8-12, 200 p.

Mystery of the Eagle’s Nest

Mystery on Pine Lake

By Tamra Wight Illustrated by Carl DiRocco

By Tamra Wight Illustrated by Carl DiRocco

When Cooper and Packrat find their geocache box full of illegal eagle parts, their lazy summer is over. Someone wants those valuable parts back. And if they can’t get the parts back, they’ll settle for holding one of the rare Pine Lake eaglets hostage instead. Cooper, Packrat, and Roy must elude two goons, tolerate an annoying teenager, keep tabs on a shady new camper, and stake out the eagle’s nest—all without getting grounded.

Cooper thought living at a campground would be cool. But ever since his parents bought the lakeside campground, he’s had way more chores and way less time for his favorite hobby: nature-watching. And then, trouble comes to Pine Lake, where a family of loons is trying to build a nest. Someone is out to harm the loons. Is it the local bully? The irritable camper? Or the publicity-seeking reporter? It’s up to Cooper and Packrat to figure out who, why, and how to stop the culprit—before it’s too late.

U.S. $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-08-6 Middle Grade Fiction, softcover, 6 x 9, ages 8-12, 180 p.


U.S. $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-02-4 Middle Grade Fiction, softcover, 6 x 9, ages 8-12, 152 p.

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amra Wight lives in Poland, Maine, where she runs the Poland Spring Campground with her husband and two children. Running the campground for more than twenty years has provided Tamra with plenty of inspiration for her spirited and exciting fiction. She weaves details from her daily life into her work, drawing on everything from campground chores to unexpected wildlife encounters to inform her writing. All three Cooper and Packrat Adventures, Mystery on Pine Lake, Mystery of the Eagle’s Nest, and Mystery of the Missing Fox are Junior Library Guild selections. When Tamra isn’t writing, she enjoys wildlife watching, hiking, geo-caching, kayaking, power-walking, and snowshoeing. She can often be found (for those who know where to look) hiding under her “cloak of invisibility,” a huge poncho-shaped camouflage cloth that she uses to disguise herself from passing skunks, coyotes, and foxes.

All Three books are Junior Library Guild Selections

elizabeth atkinson

The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball $16.95 US / $18.95 CAN Middle Grade Fiction

By Elizabeth Atkinson

Ruby LaRue and her shy friend, Eleanor Bandaranaike, live in the quaint town of Paris, New MOONBEAM Hampshire, located at the base of Sugar Mountain. A W A R D Every winter, Paris comes alive with “Outers,” wealthy families who own ski condos and wear designer clothes, “The morning I couldn’t find my luxuries that Ruby and Eleanor cannot afford. One December, extra-thick striped socks turned out to be the day that changed my life.” Ruby and Eleanor stumble across Madame Magnifique, the SO BEgINS RuBy LARuE’S story of one very fateful winterMost in the tiny ski “World’s Divine Psychic,” who urges them to unlock town of Paris, New Hampshire. It starts in December, when Ruby and herdreams. best their deepest Ruby has always wanted to mingle with friend, Eleanor Bandaranaike, come across a mysteriousand fortune teller. Both Outers, now, more than ever, she is determined to make girls have big dreams, but don’t know how to make them come true. And that dream come true. The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball explores Madame Magnifique tells them just what they need to hear. cross-cultural sensitivities and diversity within a classic New But as Ruby chases her goal of mingling England setting while questioning the role of destiny and with wealthy out-of-town kids on the ski slopes, and Eleanor explores her encouraging you passion for fashion design, things take an to reach for what may seem impossible. GOLD MEDAL



s nd s

The Sugar Mountain Snow Balll


Middle Grade / Young Adult

unexpected turn, and the girls learn that people—and dreams—aren’t always who, or what, they seem to be.

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-71-0 Middle Grade Fiction, hardcover (DJ), 6 x 9, ages 8-12, 224 p.

Azalea, Unschooled

By Liza Kleinman Illustrated by Brook Gideon GOLD MEDAL

In her debut middle grade novel, MOONBEAM Liza Kleinman AWARD deftly explores the challenges of moving, making new friends, and finding room for differences within a family.


Praise “Atkinson offers two adorable characters

who are as different as they are brave . . . ” — Kirkus Reviews

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-58-1 Middle Grade Fiction, hardcover (DJ), 6 x 9, ages 8-12, 140 p.


Glory Lea Wait

Lies in the Dust

Written by Jakob Crane Illustrated by Timothy Decker Fourteen years after the Salem Witch Trials, one accuser wrote a letter of apology for helping to send 24 people to their deaths. This is her story. This graphic novel is a searing and uncommon portrayal of an untold aspect of the Salem Witch Trial. U.S. $14.95 / CAN $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-33-8 Young Adult Graphic Novel, softcover, ages 10+, 6 x 9, 128 p.

Uncertain Glory


Billy Boy

Lea Wait skillfully draws on the lives of real people in Maine’s history to tell this story of three young adults touched by the Civil War and the tension it brings, forcing them into adulthood‚ before they may be ready.

Haley is a teenager struggling to cope MOONBEAM with a new stepmom, A W A R D 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.

When Billy Laird, 20, enlists in the Union Army, he has no idea what lies ahead. Mentally challenged, he is ill prepared for the training and fighting, but survives with help from friends. But when he is sent to a different unit, he runs off and meets up with a runaway slave, Elijah. Together, the two make their way north to their fates.

By Lea Wait


By Sarah L. Thomson SILVER MEDAL


U.S. $12.95 U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-83-3 ISBN: 978-1-934031-36-0 Middle Grade Fiction, softcover, 6 x 9, ages Young Adult Fiction, softcover, 8-12, 210 p. 5.5 x 8.5, ages 11-15, 172 p.

By Jean Mary Flahive

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-13-1 Young Adult Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, ages 12+, 294 p.





Major Craft Beverage Destinations featured in Buzzed:

“Like Dante says, ‘Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a dark forest, for the straightfoward pathway had been lost,’ and then I spent a weekend in Portland, and things got better.” —Erik Ofgang

Boston, MA Nantucket, MA Great Barrington & Sheffield, MA Stamford, CT Bridgeport & Stratford, CT Mystic, CT Providence, RI Newport, RI Burlington, VT Quechee & Bridgewater Corners, VT Brattleboro, VT Portland, ME Rockport & Rockland, ME Portsmouth, NH

Buzzed: Beers, Booze & Coffee Brews

Where to Enjoy the Best Craft Beverages in New England By Erik Ofgang

Buzzed taps into New England’s burgeoning craft beer industry, longtime coffeehouse culture, and the up-and-coming world of craft distilling. With an everyman perspective and sharp wit, award-winning food and travel writer Erik Ofgang takes readers on a rollicking tour of New England’s booming craft beverage scene. Focusing on craft beverage clusters (areas where breweries, distilleries, and great coffeehouses can be found in close proximity to one another), Buzzed tells readers all they need to know about visiting a particular drinking establishment. This travel guide is packed with inside information gathered directly from brewers and distillers, as well as bar trivia facts, historical tidbits, and Ofgang’s smart, humorous observations. Ofgang also suggests side trips, which include must-see museums, walking trails, and the standout attractions that make New England such a vibrant vacation destination. U.S. $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-65-9 Travel/Guidebook, softcover, b/w photos 5.5 x 7, 200 p.

What’s Inside: • Sample New England itineraries, including: One week in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, three days in Massachusets & Rhode Island, two days in Connecticut. • Fourten destinations divided by state which includes a brief witty history, a visit to the best coffee houses, distilleries, and breweries, and fun & fascinating bar trivia. • A “Beyond the Beverages” section that includes a “Tapped Out” section offering places to stay, with public transportation information, as well as best walkable areas and info about bike rentals. • A “Bonus Brewery” section if you want to venture off the beaten path.

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The Islandport Guide to Lighthouses in Maine By Ted Panayotoff

The allure of Maine lighthouses attracts thousands of visitors and enthusiasts each year. From the northernmost outpost of Whitlock Mills Light to Grindle Point Light on Islesboro, to the southern beacon of Cape Neddick (Nubble) Light—a total of sixty-four existing lighthouses dot the bold coast and rugged islands of Maine. The Islandport Guide to Lighthouses in Maine celebrates the longstanding history and importance of each lighthouse, as well as its modern-day use and accessibility. A special section for mariners details the sea approach to 22 lighthouses. Four-color photography, combined with vintage postcard imagery, make this guidebook as handsome as it is useful.


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Take it From ME

An Insider’s Guide on Where to Stay and Eat in Maine By George and Linda Smith

Whether you are preparing for a weekend holiday or a longer driving tour of Maine, this guidebook offers an insider’s selection of the best and most welcoming inns, hotels, and restaurants in Maine, chosen personally by curious natives George and Linda Smith. Culled from hundreds of columns written for The Kennebec Journal, this savvy guide book offers dual perspectives on favorite establishments, as well as suggestions for nearby attractions and side trips. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-84-0 Travel/Guidebook, softcover, 5.5 x 7, 160 p.

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Father Fell Down the Well by Kendall Morse

For decades, Kendall Morse has been a multi-talented entertainment force. Born and raised in Machias, Maine, 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. A successful folksinger, Kendall was voted Folksinger of the Year three times by the Maine Country Music Association and in 1995, he was was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. Kendall 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 Down East stories collected and performed by Kendall during a career of performing in Maine and across America. U.S. $14.95 / CAN $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-21-5 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 124 p.

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

John McDonald’s Maine Trivia By John McDonald

Storyteller John McDonald delivers a mix of educational and hilarious fun facts about the Pine Tree State, including, of course, more than a few wicked funny stories. This humorous book also features illustrations by Mark Scott Ricketts that add extra spice to the salty tales. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-73-5 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 144 p.

Down the Road a Piece

A Storyteller’s Guide to Maine By John McDonald

McDonald’s “guidebook” offers tips to tourists and tries to help them better “understand” the glorious state of Maine, touching on its rich history, its variable weather, and its unique vocabulary. But this book is not just for flatlanders, it’s also great for natives and anyone else looking to laugh. U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-9763231-3-6 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 158 p.

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

A Flatlander’s Guide to Maine

McDonald’s now-classic collection of Maine stories 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. Featuring stories like “She’s Up on the Roof and She Won’t Come Down,” this collection will keep you up late laughing.

A Flatlander’s Guide to Maine is an “educational guidebook” for visitors, transplants, wary guests, and anyone else uninitiated in the ways of the Pine Tree State. Readers will learn about Maine’s culture, attractions, animals, plants, history, lingo, and many other aspects of local life. Sort of.

U.S. $14.95 ISBN: 978-0-9671662-7-8 Humor, paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 172 p.

U.S. $14.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-49-0 Humor, softcover, 8 x 10, 104 p.

By John McDonald

By Mark Scott Ricketts


Huntin’ and Fishin’ with the Ole Man by Dave O’Connor

A beloved collection of funny fictional essays about hunting and fishing. The Islandport edition includes all-new material and introduces all the fun and characters to a wide audience. In stories like “Before You Bust a Cap” and “Rain Ain’t Nothin’ But Water,” the Ole Man and company find themselves in plenty of pickles that require ingenuity, humor, outdoor know-how, and a lot of patience to endure. Huntin’ and Fishin with the Ole Man is sure to become a staple at camp or in the canoe. It will come in handy when the snows come or the fish won’t bite. Just don’t laugh too hard or you may flip your boat! U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-56-7 Fiction/humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 276 p.

Thoughts of an Average Joe

Welcome to Frost Heaves

Joe Wright is a middle-aged, thick-around-the middle everyman trying to make sense of the modern world. Joe, the alter ego of author Brian Daniels, offers his thoughts on pertinent issues in essays like “I’m Not Ready for the Wireless World” and “Poachers Are Not Hunters.”

Fred Marple, the Garrison Keillor of New Hampshire, takes his readers on a delightful romp through the imaginary, but ohso-familiar New England town of Frost Heaves. Winner of a “Best of NH” award, Welcome to Frost Heaves has been called “more fun than the time Elmer Cratchet put the live lobster in the punch bowl at the church supper.”

By Brian Daniels

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-26-0 Humor/Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 208 p.

By Fred Marple

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-17-8 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 170 p.

Live Free and Eat Pie! By Rebecca Rule

Illustration © John Hulub

Headin’ for the Rhubarb!

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 New Hampshire storyteller, tells about the state’s history, culture, climate, attractions, and more.

By Rebecca Rule

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

U.S. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-44-5 Humor, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 252 p.

New Hampshire storyteller Rebecca Rule knows how to speak and understand the local language and she shares that knowledge to help visitors, transplants, and natives alike make sense of the state’s unique vernacular and pronunciations.




CDs The Best of Bert and I

“You can’t get they-ah from he-ah.”

By Dodge and Bryan

This CD features routines from the four original Bert and I CDs, plus stories from Bert and I On Stage and The Downeast Smile-In TV show featuring Marshall Dodge. All 34 tracks have been digitally remastered for clarity to better capture the iconic brilliance of Dodge and Bryan.

—Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan

U.S. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-05-6 1 CD, Maine Humor

1 BERT and I

BERT and I

2 BERT and I

AND OTHER STORIES FROM DOWN EAST By Marshall DodgeThe and Robert Bryan iconic “Bert and I” stories were written by Yale students Marshall

The iconic “Bert and I” stories were written 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, their popularity prompted them in 1958 to record and release Bert and I … And Other Stories from Down East, considered the seminal commercial album of New England humor and storytelling. The structure, cadence, and tone they mastered established the blueprint for all who followed, while material from their stories became a part of popular culture (think: You can’t get they-ah from he-ah). Together, the duo recorded four original albums, and Dodge emerged as the premier live performer of his generation. Dodge and Bryan’s influence on storytelling and Down East humor remains unmatched, and their legacy lives on around the campfires and on stages across New England.

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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, their popularity prompted them in 1958 to record and release Bert and I … And Other Stories from Down East, considered the seminal commercial album of New England humor and storytelling. The structure, cadence, and tone they mastered established the blueprint for all who followed, while material from their stories became a part of popular culture (think: You can’t get they-ah from he-ah). Together, the duo recorded four original albums, and Dodge emerged as the premier live performer of his generation. Dodge and Bryan’s influence on storytelling and Down East humor remains unmatched, and their legacy lives on around the campfires and on stages across New England.

Bert and I . . . And Other Stories (CD) By Dodge and Bryan

By Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan Bert and I ... The Book features more than sixty classic BERT and I stories from the legendary storytellers Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan, the godfathers of Down East humor, who together created the now-iconic “Bert and I” stories starting in the 1950s. 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 in this book 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 iconic “Bert and I” stories were written 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, their popularity prompted them in 1958 to record and release Bert and I … And Other Stories from Down East, considered the seminal commercial album of New England humor and storytelling. The structure, cadence, and tone they mastered established the blueprint for all who followed, while material from their stories became a part of popular culture (think: You can’t get they-ah from he-ah). Together, the duo recorded four original albums, and Dodge emerged as the premier live performer of his generation. Dodge and Bryan’s influence on storytelling and Down East humor remains unmatched, and their legacy lives on around the campfires and on stages across New England.

By Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan

Bert and I. . .The Book


BERT and I

More Bert and I (CD) By Dodge and Bryan

More than 50 years after its release, this milestone album has been digitally remastered for a special CD edition, which includes three bonus stories taken from the private 10inch record that preceded the first commercial record.

Following the success of their first album, Dodge and Bryan released More Bert and I in early 1960s. The album featured 14 more stories, including the title track as well as “Tin Roof,” “The Return of Virgil,” “Tin Roof,” and “The Plane Ride.”

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

U.S. $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-944762-28-5 1 CD, Maine Humor



BERT and I By Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan

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

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The Return of Bert and I (CD) by Dodge and Bryan

After roughly a decade, Dodge and Bryan released their third original comedy album, The Return of Bert and I. This album featured 13 stories, including some “Bert and I” classics, such as “Directions,” Gagnon, World Champion Moose Caller,” and “The Stove with the Powerful Draft.” U.S. $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-944762-29-2 1 CD, Maine Humor

Bert and I. . . On Stage By Marshall Dodge

This wonderful CD captures the magic of a Marshall Dodge live performance. Originally recorded in 1977, all tracks have been digitally remastered for improved quality. Stories include “Set ’er Again” and “One Heckuva Draft.” U.S. $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-11-7 1 CD, Maine Humor


Praise “Vibrant character development and intricate, careful plotting, provide colorful and exciting insight into Maine’s seafaring families in the 1870s.”

30th Anniversary NEW EDITION

—Bill Bushnell, Morning Sentinel

Abbott’s Reach

By Ardeana Hamlin Set in nineteenth century Maine, Abbott’s Reach is the story of a headstrong woman setting sail on her honeymoon voyage with her sea captain husband. Adventure punctuates their travels between Maine and Hawaii. This gripping novel is the sequel to Pink Chimneys, a Maine classic centered around a notorious Bangor brothel. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-42-1 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 292 p.

The Havener Sisters By Ardeana Hamlin

The Havener Sisters follows Abbott’s Reach and Pink Chimneys in Ardeana Hamlin’s collection of novels set in nineteenth century Maine. The story follows the Havener triplets as an unexpected economic crisis gives them a new perspective on their aging lives. When China Havener decides to explore her home state, taking photographs along the way, she does not realize how that decision will alter her life forever. China’s choice prompts her sisters, India and Persia, to make their own life changes, turning these identical triplets into three individuals. The Havener Sisters tells the story of three women who think they have left their best days behind them, only to find that the opposite is true. Hamlin’s latest wellresearched and passionate novel will transport readers back in time to the dawn of suffrage and the industrial age in the Northeast. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-85-7 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 300 p.

Pink Chimneys

By Ardeana Hamlin Set against the backdrop of temperance crusades, emerging statehood, and the explosive economic and political importance of Bangor when it was the lumber capital of the world, Pink Chimneys captures the romance and excitement of Maine’s colorful history in a story that interweaves the lives of a midwife, a madam, and a young seamstress with an unknown connection to both. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-944762-00-1 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 220 p.



Mystery NEW

Mapping Murder

By William D. Andrews Somebody is stealing the Ryland Historical Society’s valuable antique maps. Puzzle-loving director and security expert Julie Williamson is intrigued but distracted as she plans her long-awaited wedding. However, when a colleague winds up dead, and still more priceless maps go missing, Williamson is pulled into a conundrum that might not have such a happily-everafter ending. Williamson and other characters from Andrews’s previous mysteries, Stealing History and Breaking Ground, return in this latest whodunit featuring a local amateur sleuth who won’t stop until she gets the job done. AVAILABLE DEC 2016

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1939017-98-7 Fiction/Mystery, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 200 p.



illiam D. Andrews spent summers in Maine for eighteen years until he could find a job to justify a permanent move. That happened in 1989 when he became president of Westbrook College in Portland. The merger of Westbrook and the University of New England freed him to pursue a lifelong interest in writing, supplemented by freelance editing and consulting for nonprofit organizations. Over the years, Andrews has come to love historical societies, which he calls “wonderful, quirky places inhabited by colorful characters with a passion for local history.” Julie Williamson, the puzzle-loving protagonist of his mystery novels, is a natural extension of his varied interests (and the director of her local historical society, set in a small mountain town in western Maine). Andrews divides his time between homes in Newry and Portland. When he isn’t writing, he reads, skis, snowshoes, cooks, and plays tennis.

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Stealing History

Breaking Ground

Stealing History is a murder mystery based around a historical society in western Maine. The book weaves details of smalltown life, delightful characters, and history into a suspenseful tale that keeps you guessing up until the last page.

A well-known benefactor is murdered just as the town is set to celebrate construction of an important new building. Julie Williamson, the historical society’s puzzle-loving director from Stealing History, works to solve the murder.

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

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

By William D. Andrews

By William D. Andrews


the contest James Hurley

Contentment Cove

The Contest

Silas Crockett

Contentment Cove is a riveting story of class distinctions in a 1950s Down East coastal village during a time of cultural change. Though the book is infused with humor, it also deals with serious issues that remain relevant today, none more compelling than the erosion of one way of Maine life and the evolution of another.

The Contest is a deftly interwoven tale that explores the camaraderie and sportsmanship among anglers. In this skillful tale, author James Hurley challenges the wisdom of chasing perfection, encouraging the reader instead to revel in life’s most important moments, however brief or passing.

Silas Crockett traces four generations of a seafaring family, and recounts the sweeping changes that took place on the Maine coast during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Named one of the most distinguished books in Maine history.

By Miriam Colwell

By James Hurley

by Mary Ellen Chase

U.S. $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-10-9 Fiction, hardcover (DJ), 6 x 9, 250 p.

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-9671662-2-3 Historical fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 336 p.


Strangers on the Beach

Love on the Rocks

Young is a lively and moving novel of one young woman’s restlessness and struggle with life in a small Maine coastal town during the 1950s. Timeless themes still resonate as Evelyn, graduates and confronts the question: What is she going to do with her life?

Eccentric billionaire Ferdinand Sevigny lands in Maine after his latest stunt—attempting to sail around the world blindfolded—goes awry. Despite mounting evidence and an investigation by local police, Sevigny refuses to admit that foul play was involved. As more people become entangled in the mystery, they find themselves forced to make decisions that may define them forever.

The late 19th century in Maine history spawned a new genre of fiction that was known as “The Bar Harbor Novel,” romance stories about the rich falliong in and out of love during their summer sojourns. This anthology celebrates that golden age.

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

By Miriam Colwell

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-16-2 Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 184 p.

By Josh Pahigian

U.S. $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-83-4 Fiction, hardcover (DJ), 6 x 9, 282 p.

Edited by John Muether

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-18-6 Fiction,softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 168 p.



Outdoors Ghost Buck

The Legacy of One Man’s Family and its Hunting Traditions By Dean Bennett

In Ghost Buck, Dean Bennett writes a multi-generational tale that explores the erosion of public land use, the degradation of the environment, and the changing rural culture in the Northeast. Drawing heavily on a family hunting journal, including photographs and letters dating back to the 1800s, Bennett describes the changes that have affected hunting and the landscape in western Maine since his boyhood. He skillfully weaves memoir, natural history, politics, and emotion into a volume chock-full of information about hunting in a changing world. This is not a book about how to hunt, but rather a paean to the traditions of one family and their rural and nature-centric lifestyle that will ring true to hunters and non-hunters alike.

Praise “You don’t have

to be a hunter to enjoy this book. It’s a real treasure.” —George Smith Bangor Daily News

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-66-6 Nonfiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 296 p.

Winner, 2016 John Cole Award

A life lived outdoorS Reflections of a Maine Sportsman

GeorGe Smith A Life Lived Outdoors

Where Cool Waters Flow

Tales from Misery Ridge

Birds of a Feather

There’s something for everyone in A Life Lived Outdoors, a collection of essays about home and camp, family and friends, life in rural Maine, hunting and fishing, and other outdoor fun. Smith celebrates approaching life with humility and humor—plus a passion for adventure.


Paul J. Fournier writes about his experiences NE OUTDOOR and adventures in WRITERS ASSOC. Maine’s great North Woods and beyond. Readers will soar with him on his first solo flight, see how a master builder makes Fournier’s dream canoe, and take part in a historic mission to transplant caribou from Newfoundland to Maine.

Maine guide, bush pilot, journalist, and professional photographer Paul J. Fournier spins stories of the wild outdoors. His stories find their 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.

By George Smith

U.S. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-59-9 Nonfiction, softcover, 9.5 x 8.5, 216 p.

By Randy Spencer

Randy Spencer knows the lakes, NE OUTDOOR streams, and WRITERS ASSOC. woodlands around Grand Lake Stream, Maine, like few others. He has learned the ways of the old Maine Guides and takes you on adventures as only an insider can. BEST BOOK

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

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By Paul J. Fournier


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

By Paul J. Fournier

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-04-8 Nonfiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 252 p.



Leave Some for Seed By Tom Hennessey

The latest publication from one of Maine’s most revered sporting artists and outdoorsmen, Leave Some For Seed is an illustrated celebration of the natural beauty and sporting legacy that provides the backbone of Maine’s cultural heritage. With words and pen-and-ink illustration, Tom Hennessey renders the charm, beauty, and attraction of the outdoorsman’s life, while recounting tales from his own hunting and fishing adventures. This book will enthrall sportsmen (and dog owners) of all ages, as well as those in generations to come. It follows in the tradition of Hennessey’s previously published books, Feathers ‘n Fins and Handy to Home, bringing to life many of Hennessey’s favorite moments, landscapes, people, and dogs that have inspired him. As artful as it is entertaining, Leave Some For Seed is a book that will appeal to both nature-lovers and sportsmen with its appreciation for the subtle graces of the natural world and the reverence it holds for the sporting life.

“Tom Hennessey fishes and hunts with unselfconscious enthusiasm and writes with an easy, old-school wisdom that wears well indeed.”

U.S. $24.95 / CAN $26.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-32-1 Nonfiction, hardcover (DJ), 10 x 8, 136 p.

Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good

This Cider Still Tastes Funny!

My Life in the Maine Woods

Retired game warden and sheriff John Ford is a gifted storyteller and his book, Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good, is a collection of true tales, both humorous and serious, from the trenches of law enforcement, as well as heartwarming stories of rescuing hurt or abandoned animals.

John Ford is back with more stories and his trademark mix of serious, hilarious, and often self-deprecating tales of his adventures as a Maine game warden. These are wonderful, and more importantly, genuine, stories.

Jackson recounts her experiences with her game warden husband, Dave, during the 1930s. She writes 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 wilderness.

By John Ford Sr.

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-94-0 Nonfiction/outdoors, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 208 p.

By John Ford Sr.

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

By Annette Jackson

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-9763231-9-8 Nonfiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 216 p.

—Christopher Camuto, Gray’s Sporting Journal


By V. Paul Reynolds An avid outdoorsman, sportsman, editor, and awardwinning journalist journeys back along the path of his life to share with readers many of his outdoor experiences. He was introduced to the outdoors by his father and soon learned 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, 254 p.



Ida says...

Susan Poulin

ish ink Pol P e M e Tickl

Susan Poulin aka Ida Leclair

on my toes

just perks me up


no e nd!

n stage, Susan Poulin is almost unrecognizable—she becomes Ida LeClair, her singular Maine character, completely and totally. She takes her audience into the world of Ida, transporting them into the tidy kitchen of her cute little doublewide where the women who run with the moose hold court around the table. In her books, Poulin brings her readers to Mahoosuc Mills, where they can spend some quality time with Ida and her friends. The raw material of her live comedy is distilled and transformed, turned into a duo of witty, welcoming advice books that Poulin’s fans can enjoy anywhere. Take Maine’s funniest woman with you wherever you go, from the beach to the bathtub.

The Sweet Life

Ida LeClair’s Guide to Love & Marriage By Susan Poulin

Susan Poulin, the “funniest woman in Maine,” is back from Finding Your Inner Moose to show us all how to keep our relationships sweet, simple, and easy. In The Sweet Life, Poulin (through her popular alter-ego and stage character Ida LeClair) offers a fresh view on love, marriage, and dating through a combination of sassy stories and serious advice. Whip-smart yet down-to-earth, the book strikes the perfect balance between humorous and heartfelt. Reading The Sweet Life feels like talking to an old friend—one with great advice, plenty of experience, and a few delicious recipes to boot. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-95-6 Humor/Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 200 p.

Finding Your Inner Moose By Susan Poulin

Ida LeClair is a newly minted “Certified Maine Life Guide” who just wants to help. Through her hilarious alter ego, Susan Poulin offers practical and humorous advice on relationships, physical fitness, stress, housecleaning, work, shopping, fun, and more. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-91-9 Humor/Fiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 172 p.

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Nonfiction Glenna JOhnsOn sMith

RetuRn Of

Old Maine Woman

Tales of Growing Up and Getting Older

Nine Mile Bridge

Old Maine Woman

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.

Smith offers a nostalgic look at her childhood on the 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.

By Helen Hamlin

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-9671662-5-4 Nonfiction, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 282 p.

By Glenna Johnson Smith

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-41-4 Essays, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 172 p.

Return of Old Maine Woman By Glenna Johnson Smith FINALIST

Glenna Johnson Smith is back with her customary combination of NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY AWARD sass, insight, and nostalgia in Return of Old Maine Woman—a collection of essays that sheds a wise light on the quandaries of growing up, being female, and getting older in the northern parts of the state.


U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-30-7 Essays, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 168 p.

A Maine Summer Island

The Cows are Out!

Shoutin’ Into the Fog

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

Price writes of the daily trials of haying, cow breeding, and milking against a backdrop of gentle and entertaining rural life. She introduces eccentric neighbors, visiting city folk, and loveable pets. This is a tribute to family farmers and to an important part of New England’s heritage.

By Thomas Hanna

By F. Benjamin Carr

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

By Trudy Chambers Price

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

Growing up on Maine’s Ragged Edge Drawing on insight gleaned from his 80 years, Hanna’s memoir is written with sensitivity, humor, and subtle emotion about a hardscrabble way of life, old-time Maine, and the meaning of both family and forgiveness. His personal tale casts an honest light not only on his own family, but helps illuminate a way of life common to the coast in the 1920s and 1930s. U.S. $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-9763231-8-1 Memoir, softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 306 p.



Children’s NEW

Halfway Wild

Written by Laura Freudig, Illustrated by Kevin M. Barry On some days, there’s just not a good word for the way you feel. If your socks are sagging and your pants are wrinkled, what do you call it? Maybe you’re feeling like a turtle. Maybe you’re feeling halfway wild. Writer Laura Freudig describes those feelings in this poetic and playful picture book that connects children, not just to feelings and emotions, but also to animals and the quirks and patterns of the natural world. We follow a family throughout a day as they march through meadows like ants, dive to the depths like seals, play hide and seek like fireflies, and chatter like raccoons, until, at last, “when the house is still and all we can hear are the soft, slow breaths of the ones we love, we’re a family of bears.” Illustrator Kevin Barry blends the real with the fantastic in illustrations that will make young readers marvel, dream, and lean in for a closer look. U.S. $17.95 / CAN $20.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-48-3 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ), 8 x 10, ages 4-8, 32 p.

Praise “Good both for classroom explorations

of metaphors and for inspiring imaginative play.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Albert’s Almost Amazing Adventure By Marty Kelley

Albert’s vacation was amazing—or so he thought. To friends, his time in Maine was boring. Dull. Lame. They’ve got more vivid and exciting ideas of what Albert could—and should—have done on his trip. But Albert might just have a surprise for his friends, after all. Marty Kelley tells this read-aloud story in a fresh and imaginative way, contrasting panels of black-and-white charcoal drawings of dull old Albert with wonderful color spreads of what Albert’s friends imagine for his summer adventures. Did Albert really tussle with ninjas and parlay with pirates? Or did he spend his time in Maine in the most boring ways imaginable? What really made his summer vacation so amazing? U.S. $17.95 / CAN $20.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-69-7 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ), 8 x 10, ages 4-8, 32 p.

The Scallop Christmas

Written by Jane Freeberg Illustrated by Astrid Sheckels


In Marcie’s fishing L U P I N E village, no one had any HONOR money, and work was BOOK AWARD 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 of harvesting scallops also brought an unexpected adventure and a lesson about love that she would never forget. U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-25-4 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover, ages 4-9, 36 p.

Snow for Christmas By Doretta Groenendyk

Doretta Groenendyk’s fourth book combines the whimsy and cheer of her vivid oil paints with the magic of a snowy Christmas to create this beautiful ode to storytelling. Prompted simply by her Christmas wish for snow, a child sits with her family, conjuring up their favourite snow-filled memories. U.S. $12.95 ISBN: 978-1894838-49-8 Children’s Picture Book, softcover, ages 4-9, 28 p.

Grammie’s Secret Cupboard

Written by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds Illustrated by Bert Dodson Grammie’s house is an exciting place to visit! When rain spoils the plans for a day at the beach, Grammie reveals a hidden cupboard full of special toys to delight any visiting child. She carefully selects just the right thing for her granddaughter—a book that will take her on all the adventures her mind can imagine. U.S. $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-58726-310-1 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover, ages 4-9, 32 p.

Adventures in Vacationland

By Mark Scott Rickets




Young Joe Livingston has a very active imagination! And when his favorite Aunt goes missing, he and his family journey through the wilds of Maine to rescue her from the clutches of Cracker—The Beast of Briney Bay! LITERARY


U.S. $17.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-16-1 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover, ages 6-10, 40 p.



Dahlov Ipcar

Maine Alphabet Maine Alphabet


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Dahlov Ipcar’s Maine Alphabet

Dahlov Ipcar’s Farmyard Numbers

Dahlov Ipcar’s Farmyard Alphabet

Maine wildlife and coastal scenes are near and dear to Dahlov Ipcar’s heart, and this board book serves as a kind of love letter to her home state, where she has lived and worked for almost 75 years. She writes, “A is for animals, wild and free,” and W is for “woodlands of wonder for you and for me.”

This board book with charming rhymes (Five hens call their chicks to eat. “Come try the corn. It tastes so sweet!”) makes this an interactive book for parents and caregivers to share with young readers. Search for animals, introduce numbers, create stories around the scenes, and more in this board book.

This delightful board book pairs fresh original verses with timeless illustrations from Dahlov 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.

By Dahlov Ipcar

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

The Little Fisherman

Written by Margaret Wise Brown Illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar This first children’s book illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar, with its authentic coastal scenes, helped establish her distinctive style and ignited a four-decade creative run in which she wrote and illustrated more than 30 great children’s books. U.S. $12.95 / CAN $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-944762-15-5 Children’s Picture Book, softcover, 8 x 10, ages 4–9, 38 p.

By Dahlov Ipcar

U.S. $10.95 / CAN $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-01-7 Board Book, 6 x 6, ages 2–6, 24 p.

By Dahlov Ipcar

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

The Cat at Night

The Calico Jungle

One Horse Farm

The Cat at Night depicts the journey of a farmer’s cat as it walks from the farm to the city, through fields and forests. Flip through the bold pages, which alternate between bright color and dark night scenes.

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

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.

By Dahlov Ipcar

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-23-0 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ), 8.75 x 11.5, ages 4–9 , 48 p.

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By Dahlov Ipcar

U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-31-5 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ) 7.75 x 11.25, ages 4–9, 42 p.

By Dahlov Ipcar

U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-39-1 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ), 10.25 x 8.75, ages 4–9, 36 p.



Hold This!

Written by Carolyn Cory Scoppettone Illustrated by Priscilla Alpaugh A girl and her father go for a walk, experiencing all the sights, sounds, MOONBEAM smells, and feels of the woods. As Mika A W A R D asks her father to hold each and every one of her found treasures, he urges her to be a big girl and only take what she is able to carry. With every step and stumble, Mika finds both the wonders and treasures of nature, and the ability to pick herself up after a fall. But the real discovery for both daughter and parent comes at the end, when they both realize that the truest treasure is a hand to hold. SILVER MEDAL


U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-68-0 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ), Size, ages 3-7, 32 p.

When the Sky is Like Lace

Written by Elinor Lander Horwitz Illustrated by Barbara Cooney On a night on which anything can—and indeed will—happen, three girls venture out to hear otters sing, eat spaghetti with pineapple sauce, and watch the trees dance. When the Sky is Like Lace was named one of The New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year in 1975. U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-47-5 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ), 8 x 10, ages 4-8, 32 p.

Titus Tidewater By Suzy Verrier

For lobster Titus Tidewater, summer means exciting happenings near the shoreline, but also lurking dangers. Titus explores the ocean floor, but soon finds himself caught in a trap. Find out what happens when he is taken from his familiar surroundings to a strange new world on land. U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-9763231-1-2 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover, 10.5 x 8.25, ages 4–9, 38 p.

Seashells Treasures of the Northeast Coast

By Joanne Roach-Evans This beautifully illustrated pocket guide helps young beachcombers find, and identify, shells of animals commonly found on Northeast shores. Easy enough for preschoolers, but scientific enough to satisfy a middleschooler. U.S. $10.95 / CAN $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-79-7 Illustrated guidebook, softcover, 6 x 6, ages 2 to 8, 32 p.

“As this sweet book reminds us, the beauty of this gorgeous planet is best reflected through a child’s eyes.” —Bill McKibben

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 a frolicsome 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 (DJ), 9.5 x 8.5, ages 4–8, 36 p.



Children’s New

N is for New Hampshire

Written by Rebecca Rule Photographs by Scott Snyder N is for New Hampshire is an alphabet Picture Book that introduces children to the sights, landscape, culture, and history of New Hampshire told through stories, anecdotes, verse, and fun facts. But this is no ordinary alphabet book. In N is for New Hampshire, each letter of the alphabet gets the full Rebecca Rule treatment. A short verse is a little story unto itself, and the text gives weird and wonderful background, delightful anecdotes, and useful information about the topic in a way that only New Hampshire’s foremost storyteller can. From Androscoggin to Zealand Falls, N is for New Hampshire will charm readers from 0 to 100. U.S. $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-68-1 Nonfiction Picture Book, hardcover, 11 x 9, ages 3-10, 32 p.

C is for Cape Cod

written BY


SteVe HeaSLiP

A is for Acadia

B is for Berkshires

C is for Cape Cod

A is for Acadia is an ABC book that features vibrant color photographs of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. A fun and informative book that should appeal to residents and visitors of all ages.

B is for Berkshires explores the wonders of the Berkshires—from rolling hills to tumbling waterfalls, from concert halls to dairy farms, and from Tanglewood to tunnels. This ABC book combines playful short verses for younger children with informative text for older readers.

An ABC book that introduces children to the sights, sounds, culture, and history of Cape Cod. Each letter features a beautiful photograph, a fun, short verse for younger children and longer text that provides information for both children and adults alike.

U.S. $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-51-2 Nonfiction Picture Book, hardcover, 11 x 9, ages 3-10, 32 p.

U.S. $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-13-0 Nonfiction Picture Book, hardcover, 11 x 9, ages 3-10, 32 p.

Written by Ruth Grierson Photographs by Richard Johnson

U.S. $15.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-03-2 Nonfiction Picture Book, hardcover, 11 x 9, ages 3-10, 32 p.

CHriStina LaUrie

Written by Joan Duris Photographs by Gillian Jones

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Written by Christina Laurie Photographs by Steve Heaslip

Children’s There are

no moose

no moose

on this island!


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. Both Jake and a friendly moose would like to disagree!

written by

Stephanie Calmenson illustrated by


Jennifer Thermes

Islandport press

In playful rhymes, author Stephanie Calmenson brings the reader along with Jake and his dad, as they explore the mammals, birds, insects, and sea life on and around the island. With graceful illustrations by Jennifer Thermes, Jake (and the reader) start to see the moose, a little bit at a time, but Dad’s either got his nose in a book or binoculars glued to his 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.

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

Jake’s excited to visit an island, and he MOONBEAM wants to see a moose. A W A R D But his dad insists: there are no moose there. With graceful illustrations, Jake starts to see the moose, but Dad can’t. In the end, Jake shows Dad how to truly experience the outdoors. BRONZE MEDAL


U.S. $17.95 / CAN $20.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-34-6 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ), 9 x 11, ages 4-8, 32 p.

The Pig Scramble

Written by Jessica Kinney Illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen

Clarence feels he’s not good enough compared to his big brothers. He just can’t seem to find his place on the family farm. But, at the annual county fair, Uncle Leon gives Clarence the advice and self-confidence he needs to turn things around. U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-61-2 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ) 9 x 11, ages 5–9, 36 p.

Merry Moosey Christmas

The Fish House Door

The Lake Where Loon Lives

Written by Robert F. Baldwin Illustrated by Astrid Sheckels

Written by Brenda Reeves Sturgis Illustrated by Brooke Carlton

Written by Lynn Plourde Illustrated by Russ Cox


A beautifully illustrated M A I N E book set in a Maine LITERARY island fishing village. A W A R D A summer visitor gives a young islander a new perspective and a fresh look at the people and traditions that have shaped his past and will chart his future.

There’s a lake. A loon. Two chicks. Sounds peaceful, right? Guess again! The Lake Where Loon Lives starts quietly, but the story builds, one line at a time, to a wacky, wonderful, and splashy crescendo, as the loons are joined by other creatures.

This Christmas Eve, Rudolph just wants to enjoy the holiday without having to work. So he convinces Santa to accept a substitute. They find an eager and resourceful moose for the job. But on Christmas Eve, Rudolph worries: Was the moose’s training good enough?

U.S. $16.95 / CAN $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-30-8 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover, (DJ) 9.25 x 11.25, ages 4-9, 36 p.

U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-24-6 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ), 9 x 11, ages 4-8, 32 p.

U.S. $17.95 / CAN $20.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-38-3 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ), 9 x 11, ages 4-8, 32 p.

At One

The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!

Nic and Nellie

Written by Lynn Plourde Art by Leslie Mansmann

At One lyrically celebrates Maine’s inspirational beauty, from the majesty of Baxter State Park to the crashing waves of the Atlantic. Lynn Plourde has written many children’s books, but in At One she strikes out in a new direction while keeping her distinctive voice. U.S. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-06-3 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover, 8.75 x 10.75, ages 4–8, 32 p.

Written by Rebecca Rule Illustrated by Jennifer Thermes BEST BOOK On a cold winter


day when “the world was ice and we were skaters without skates,” friends set out on an adventure that soars to epic proportions when Grampa Bud lets them use his old runner sled to tackle the iciest, diciest, scariest hill ever! NH LITERARY


U.S. $17.95 / CAN $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-88-9 Children’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ), 9 x 11, ages 4–8, 36 p.

By Astrid Sheckels

Nic and Nellie is a gorgeously illustrated, MOONBEAM heartwarming story of A W A R D 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. GOLD MEDAL


U.S. $17.95 / CAN $20.95 ISBN: 978-1-934031-52-0 Chilldren’s Picture Book, hardcover (DJ) 9.25 x 11.25, ages 4–9, 36 p.



Cookbooks Always in Season

Written by Elise Richer Art by Teresa Lagrange Always in Season gives you more than 130 inviting and delicious recipes. 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. $19.95 / CAN 22.95 ISBN: 978-1-939017-99-4 Cookbook, softcover, 8 x 9.5, 192 p.

Wild Maine Recipes

50 Ways to Eat a Beaver

Free Range Fish & Lobster

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

Creative recipes for a sweet red meat unknown to many which can be cooked and enjoyed by all. Recipes include Apricot Barbecued Beaver Tail, Carribbean Beaver Burgers, and Maine Apple Beaver Meatloaf.

This cookbook offers a creative take on Maine seafood, including overlooked but delicious fresh caught species. Your mouth will water as you read these eclectic seafood combinations paired with wine, beer, and spirits. Recipes include Arugula Pesto and Halibut, Lobster Salad with Sweet Ginger Sherry Vinaigrette.

By Kate Krukowski Gooding

From Northern Solstice Publishing U.S. $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-60402-047-2 Cookbook, softcover, 6 x 9, 228 p.

By Kate Krukowski Gooding

From Northern Solstice Publishing U.S. $9.95 ISBN: 978-0-9898597-0-7 Cookbook, softcover, 6 x 9, 64 p.

By Kate Krukowski Gooding

From Northern Solstice Publishing U.S. $9.95 ISBN: 978-0-989597-2-1 Cookbook, softcover, 6 x 9, 54 p.

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Favorite Island Recipes 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 p.


Friendly Book Suggestions Art by Priscilla Alpaugh from Hold This!

Dahlov Ipcar’s Maine 2017 Calendar

Forever Yours, Bar Harbor $14.95

Full Service: Notes from the Rearview Mirror $18.95

Coloring Maine $12.95


The Islandport Guide to Lighthouses in Maine $12.95

Laugh Out Loud

The Sweet Life: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Love and Marriage $16.95

A Moose and a Lobster Walk Into a Bar $14.95

Father Fell Down the Well $14.95

The Best of Bert & I (CD) $16.95

Huntin’ and Fishin’ with the Old Man $16.95

Food Lovers

Always in Season $19.95

Wild Maine Recipes $19.95

Take it From ME $16.95

Buzzed: Beers, Booze, & Coffee Brews $14.95

How to Cook a Moose (HC) $24.95

A Blanding’s Turtle Story $10.95

A Little Brown Bat Story $10.95

Dahlov Ipcar’s Maine Alphabet $10.95

Hold This! $17.95

The Cat at Night $16.95

Halfway Wild $17.95

Albert’s Almost Amazing Adventure $17.95

N is for New Hampshire $17.95

Nic and Nellie $17.95

Adventures in Vacationland $17.95

Tweens to Teens

The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball $16.95

Mystery of the Missing Fox $16.95

The Kinfolk $18.95

Uncertain Glory $12.95

Lies in the Dust $14.95

Outdoor Lovers

Ghost Buck $16.95

Leave Some for Seed $24.95

Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good $16.95

Backtrack $16.95

Tales from Misery Ridge $16.95

Closer All the Time $16.95

Pink Chimneys $16.95

Straw Man $24.95

Mapping Murder $16.95

Contentment Cove $15.95

How to Cook a Moose (PB) $16.95

The Cows are Out $16.95

Old Maine Woman $16.95

Shoutin’ into the Fog $15.95

Nine Mile Bridge $15.95

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Islandport Press Winter 2016 Catalog  

Islandport is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. We publish fic...

Islandport Press Winter 2016 Catalog  

Islandport is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. We publish fic...