A gun-stealing beaver. A moose hunting for like. A paraplegic hunter and handyman. A writer saying goodbye to his dog. These are just a handful 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 1st 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 component of the BDN’s Dirigo Speaks series.
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. Though some of the stories are additional than a decade old, Holyoke stated he believes they will nonetheless resonate with folks. 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 1st 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 stated he thinks they make a fantastic 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 stated. Readers do not have to be professionals on the outdoors to appreciate it: The stories are centered additional about folks than animals.
Mainers connect to stories about the outdoors so strongly for the reason that nature is such an integral component of their lives, Holyoke stated. Even Maine’s greatest cities are only a brief drive away from hiking, fishing and camping spots.
“Everybody’s on the edge of the huge woods, it appears,” he stated Wednesday, just 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 type of who we are.”
Holyoke has been the BDN’s outdoors columnist given that 2002.
Immediately after graduating from the University of Maine with a journalism degree in 1993, he started operating component-time as a sports clerk just before transitioning into copy editing and understanding web page layout and design 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 pondering about turning his columns into a book about 3 years ago.
Holyoke’s speak at the Bangor Arts Exchange will be a no cost-type discussion with Maine Secretary of State and fellow outdoors enthusiast Matthew Dunlap, whom Holyoke has identified 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 consider there are going to be some truly enjoyable stories told, practically nothing also heavy,” Holyoke stated. “We’re not going to resolve the world’s issues, but perhaps 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 spot from five:30 to 7 p.m., also on Tuesday, at the Bangor Arts Exchange on Exchange Street in downtown Bangor. Admission is no cost. Books will be readily available for obtain from The Briar Patch at the occasion.