BELFAST — Left Bank Books in downtown Belfast invites the public to a talk and book signing on Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m., by Bangor Daily News Outdoors Editor, John Holyoke, to celebrate the recent release of his book, Evergreens: A Collection of Maine Outdoor Stories.
The book is a compilation of Holyoke’s favorite columns; taken together, they reflect his strong sense of humor, compassion, love of the outdoors, and the importance of friendship.
Sprinkled throughout Evergreens are memories of the events that have shaped him as he recounts the benefits of spending time with friends in the woods, fields, and waters of Maine. Holyoke has arranged the essays under a series of six broad topics: Camp and Camping, Memorable Mainers, Laugh a Little, Gone Fishing, On the Hunt, and Family Matters.
People are not Holyoke’s only subjects in Evergreens. He also writes about memorable encounters with salmon, deer, moose, a gun-stealing beaver, turkeys who laugh at him, squirrels and more.
Holyoke has been the paper’s outdoors columnist since 2002. He graduated from the University of Maine with a journalism degree in 1993. He covered sports for the Bangor Daily News until 2002 when, as he recently
explained in an interview with the paper, a fellow sportsman complained to him that the paper’s outdoors section was lacking.
With encouragement from then-Executive Editor Mark Woodward, he took on the job of outdoors columnist, according to Holyoke, in a Left Banks news release.
“Mainers connect to stories about the outdoors so strongly because nature is such an integral part of their lives,” said Holyoke. Even Maine’s biggest cities are only a short drive away from hiking, fishing, and camping sports.”
In his work, Holyoke has traveled to some of Maine’s most special places in search of experiences to savor and tales to share.
Holyoke grew up in Brewer. He’s an avid hunter and fly fisherman who loves spending time at the family camp on Beech Hill Pond in Otis.
He lives in Brewer with his wife, Karen, his three stepchildren, two dogs and one cat.
For reservations, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (338-9009) Left Bank Books. Ample parking is available in front of the shop and in an adjacent free lot.
Left Bank Books is celebrating its 16th year as an independent bookshop devoted to passionate readers of all ages.
The shop is located at 109 Church Street in downtown Belfast, and is open daily, year round.