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Author Event: Jim Krosschell, “One Man’s Maine”

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Maine is a talisman of the American imagination, offering beauty and wildlife to tourists and
natives. Over the last few years, Jim has published many essays about the wonders and challenges
of Maine’s environment, and One Man’s Maine collects them into sixteen pairs. The first
essays of each pair employ the natural icons of Maine – lobster, moose, blueberries, lupine – to
reach into matters of human significance. The second essays are broader and more discursive and
take on a fuller range of experiences in this beloved state.

Illustrated by the author’s daughter Emma Krosschell

Advance Praise

From The Boston Globe: “He is an open-hearted scientist, one wedded to facts and yet not afraid to use the word ‘miracle’ or ‘mystery.’  The 16 essays appear in pairs — the first in each couple looks at Maine’s natural icons, berries, lupine, loon, lobster, and the second grapples with wider concerns. It is a view that will help even those who feel they know the state to see it anew.” – Nina MacLaughlin 

“Jim Krosschell’s essays are an inviting and thought-provoking
revelation of how Maine has pulled in and transformed the life
of a man from ‘away.’ His essay on Thoreau, for example, thrills the soul. He writes of this
intriguing 19th-century man from ‘away’ that he (Thoreau) ‘represents the bravest attempt to
make the connection between nature and spirit, a sojourn away from pettiness, the way life
should be no matter where you live it.’ Then Krosschell adds, ‘I’ve got a long way to go to find
such a place.’ Well, Krosschell is finding it. His essays beautifully and caringly reveal this in
depth and love.” —John Rensenbrink, Professor Emeritus Bowdoin College, Co-Founder US
Green Party, Maine Green Party

About the Author

Jim Krosschell worked in science publishing in the Boston area for 30 years, starting as a 29-
year-old production assistant, avoiding the real world until then by grad school, Peace Corps,
travel and TESOL teaching. Those years included hundreds of visits to Maine. After
retirement, he began writing much more regularly: more than fifty journals and magazines have
published his essays, many of which are collected in this volume. He now divides his time
between Newton, Massachusetts, and Owls Head, Maine. Besides writing and contributing to the
welfare of the Maine Turnpike, he is president of the Board of Directors, Coastal Mountains
Land Trust, in Camden, Maine. Visit the author’s website at http://onemansmaine.blogspot.com/.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Camden Public Library
55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States