Maine at 200 Series: True North: Finding the Essence of Aroostook
a book talk with Kathryn Olmstead
Thursday, February 18, 6 pm -7 pm
Join us for a talk with Kathryn Olmstead on her most recent publication True North: Finding the Essence of Aroostook, a collection of essays by Olmstead that appeared in the Bangor Daily News and Echoes magazine—all exploring the author’s experience with the people, places, and culture of Aroostook County. The essays by Olmstead, a former journalism professor at the University of Maine and a co-founder of Echoes who moved to Northern Maine in 1974, introduce readers to rural life and wildlife in an attempt to reveal the universal in the particular—the night sky and ice-out, the people and their cultural roots, and the intimacy with nature in every season. “Aroostook County is not just a place in Northern Maine,” Olmstead writes in her Author’s Note. “It is symbolic of rural places throughout the nation that retain the vanishing qualities of life many people long for in today’s world. The pace is slow, nature is close, the beauty is breathtaking, and the people are authentic.”
About the author: Kathryn Olmstead co-founded Echoes with Gordon Hammond in 1988 and oversaw the magazine for its entire 117-issue run. She is a former Bangor Daily News columnist, former editor of the Aroostook Republican, and served on the journalism faculty of the University of Maine for 25 years, the last six as associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition to True North, she is the author of Flight to Freedom: World War II through the Eyes of a Child, The Story of Philomena Keller Baker and the editor of Stories of Aroostook, also released by Islandport Press in 2020. She currently lives in Caribou, Maine.
Cost: Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Location: online via Zoom. Limited to 500 attendees.