Noted authors to sign books at Cary Memorial Library June 2

12 years ago

    HOULTON — Cary Memorial Library will have three book signing events on Saturday, June 2.
    Tim Caverly who writes the children’s series “Allagash Tales,” Jacques Poitras wrote “Imaginary Line: Life on an Unfinished Border” and Donn Fendler known for his story “Lost on a Mountain in Maine” also has a new graphic novel “Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness” will be at the library to provide information about their published works and will sign your copies.
    Books may be purchased in advance from York’s Bookstore at 19 Market Square Houlton or you may call Lynn at 207-532-3354 for more information. Caverly will have books available for purchase at the library, but you must purchase Poitras’ and Fendler’s titles in advance.
    Caverly will be at the library from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Caverly has spent his life in Maine’s outdoors. He is originally from Skowhegan and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Machias. He began work with the State Parks and Recreation Commission, continued with the Department of Conservation and was supervisor of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway for 18 years. Now retired, he lives in Millinockett writing and presenting programs fulltime, raising Golden Retrievers, and sharing stories about the Allagash River.
    Poitras will be at the library from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Poitras has been a provincial affairs reporter for CBC News in New Brunswick since 2000. He has written numerous award-winning feature documentaries and has also appeared on Radio-Canada and Maine Public Radio. He has authored several books and his newest release, “Imaginary Line: Life on an Unfinished Border”, released in 2011 was shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, Canada’s top award for books about politics. He lives in Fredericton.
    Fendler will be at the library from noon to 1 p.m. In 1939, 12-year-old Fendler was hiking to the Summit of Maine’s highest mountain when he became separated from his family. Losing his way, he spent nine long days and nights in that rugged wilderness, all alone except the wildlife he encountered as he tried to find his way out.
    After a quick recovery from malnutrition and hundreds of scrapes, cuts, and insect bites, Fendler was celebrated with a huge parade in Millinocket. He also met the President of the United States and was the subject of a story in Life Magazine.
    But the greatest tribute to this young boy’s courage was publication of “Lost on a Mountain in Maine,” the story of Donn Fendler told by Joseph Egan and enjoyed by young readers for almost 70 years. Fendler lives in Tennessee and summers in Maine where he remains for a few weeks in the fall so he can visit schools across the state to share his story and answer kids’ questions about his incredible experience.
    Published in 2011 as a graphic novel, “Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness,” allows people to trace his steps through illustration for the first time.
    Cary Library thanks Houlton Rotarian and District Governor, Leigh Cummings, for providing the opportunity for our library patrons to meet, listen to and have copies of their books signed by these three authors. The Rotary District Conference in Houlton emphasizes literacy and the library has been a recipient many times.