BDN columnist’s 1st book highlights 17 years of men and women in Maine’s outdoors — Outdoors — Bangor Each day News — BDN Maine


A gun-stealing beaver. A moose hunting for adore. A paraplegic hunter and handyman. A writer saying goodbye to his dog. These are just a couple of of the characters — some of them hilarious, some in the midst of heart-wrenching moments — readers will meet in the pages of “Evergreens: A Collection of Maine Outside Stories.”

“Evergreens,” set to be released Tuesday, is the initially book by longtime Bangor Each day News outdoors columnist John Holyoke. Holyoke will celebrate the book’s launch with a speak at the Bangor Arts Exchange on Oct. 22 as aspect of the BDN’s Dirigo Speaks series.

Courtesy of Islandport Press

Courtesy of Islandport Press

Evergreens, A Collection of Maine Outside Stories, by John Holyoke.

The book is a compilation of Holyoke’s favourite columns, written more than the course of his 17 years as an outdoors writer and initially published in the BDN. Even though some of the stories are much more than a decade old, Holyoke mentioned he believes they will nevertheless resonate with men and women. The book’s title comes from a journalistic term describing “stories that have no shelf life,” as Holyoke writes in the foreword.

Holyoke saw the original columns as standalone pieces when he initially wrote them. He didn’t start with the intention of stringing them with each other in a book. But now that they’re all pieced with each other, Holyoke mentioned he thinks they make a very good package.

The stories in “Evergreens” reflect Holyoke’s strategy to writing and life, incorporating compassion, humor, curiosity and relationships. It is not a “hook and bullet” book, Holyoke mentioned. Readers do not have to be specialists on the outdoors to appreciate it: The stories are centered much more about men and women than animals.

Mainers connect to stories about the outdoors so strongly since nature is such an integral aspect of their lives, Holyoke mentioned. Even Maine’s greatest cities are only a quick drive away from hiking, fishing and camping spots.

“Everybody’s on the edge of the significant woods, it appears,” he mentioned Wednesday, immediately after emerging from a moose hunt in Rockwood, on the west shore of Moosehead Lake. “A lot of us grew up playing outdoors and tromping via the woods — it is sort of who we are.”

Holyoke has been the BDN’s outdoors columnist given that 2002.

Just after graduating from the University of Maine with a journalism degree in 1993, he started operating aspect-time as a sports clerk just before transitioning into copy editing and understanding web page layout and style. He covered sports from 1996 to 2002 just before stumbling into outdoors writing.

In 2002, Holyoke was on a fly fishing trip on the east outlet of the Kennebec River when a fellow fisherman complained to him that the BDN’s outdoors section was lacking. With encouragement from then-Executive Editor Mark Woodward, Holyoke took on the job of outdoors columnist.

He began considering about turning his columns into a book about 3 years ago.

Holyoke’s speak at the Bangor Arts Exchange will be a totally free-type discussion with Maine Secretary of State and fellow outdoors enthusiast Matthew Dunlap, whom Holyoke has recognized given that they had been higher college track and field competitors, Holyoke for Brewer Higher College and Dunlap for Mount Desert Island Higher College.

“I believe there are going to be some definitely exciting stories told, practically nothing as well heavy,” Holyoke mentioned. “We’re not going to resolve the world’s troubles, but possibly we’ll escape them for an hour or so.”

“Evergreens: A Collection of Maine Outside Stories” will be released Tuesday by Islandport Press, and will be readily available exactly where books are sold. The speak with Holyoke and Dunlap will take location from five:30 to 7 p.m., also on Tuesday, at the Bangor Arts Exchange on Exchange Street in downtown Bangor. Admission is totally free. Books will be readily available for acquire from The Briar Patch at the occasion.


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