SEARSPORT — There is nothing that outdoors columnist John Holyoke loves more than a good story. In his first book, Evergreens, Holyoke shares a curated collection of his favorite essays featuring people who are passionate about the outdoors, as well as his memorable encounters with creatures – from salmon to deer to moose to squirrels – that fascinate and confound him.
Holyoke will read from and discuss Evergreens, a collection of Maine outdoor stories, Thursday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m., at Carver Memorial Library.
Sprinkled throughout 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.
As Holyoke has said, “I am here to take you on an adventure. Along the way, you’re welcome to laugh, or cry, or smile, or reach for the phone to call an old friend and tell them that they still matter.”
Holyoke is a journalist who has been entertaining and informing readers of the Bangor Daily News for 27 years. His natural curiosity has helped make him a master of the “people story,” and his job as outdoor editor of the BDN has allowed him to travel to some of the state’s most special places in search of experiences to savor and tales to share, according to the Library, in a news release.
Holyoke grew up in Brewer, graduated from the University of Maine in Orono, and has been writing for newspapers since sixth grade, when his teacher challenged him to start a school paper if he thought it was needed.
He is an avid hunter and fly fisherman, and 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 a cat.