Islandport Press

Islandport Press Islandport is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. We strive to capture and explore the grit, heart, beauty, and infectious spirit of the region by telling tales, real and imagined, that can be appreciated in many forms by readers, dreamers, and adventurers everywhere.
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Now Shipping!"Silence," the latest great original fiction title from Islandport Press."A distinctive look at small-town ...
06/23/2021

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"Silence," the latest great original fiction title from Islandport Press.

"A distinctive look at small-town America in the post 9/11 and Iraq War years."— The Miramichi Reader

Order today: https://www.islandportpress.com/product-page/silence

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"Silence," the latest great original fiction title from Islandport Press.

"A distinctive look at small-town America in the post 9/11 and Iraq War years."— The Miramichi Reader

Order today: https://www.islandportpress.com/product-page/silence

Any Echoes Magazine fans up in Caribou today? Head on over to Monica's from Noon to 2 p.m. for a book signing with Kathr...
06/18/2021

Any Echoes Magazine fans up in Caribou today?

Head on over to Monica's from Noon to 2 p.m. for a book signing with Kathryn Olmstead, author of "Stories of Aroostook" and "True North!" ✨

Join us at Monica's on Friday for a Book Signing with Kathryn Olmstead from Noon to 2:00 PM.

Have you heard about Snowball, the snowy owl in Wells making headlines? Well, we have, and Snowball would be a big fan o...
06/17/2021

Have you heard about Snowball, the snowy owl in Wells making headlines? Well, we have, and Snowball would be a big fan of our book, "A Snowy Owl Story"!

Check out Snowball's article in the Portland Press Herald:
https://www.pressherald.com/2021/06/16/out-of-season-snowy-owl-spotted-in-drakes-island-section-of-wells/

Have you heard about Snowball, the snowy owl in Wells making headlines? Well, we have, and Snowball would be a big fan of our book, "A Snowy Owl Story"!

Check out Snowball's article in the Portland Press Herald:
https://www.pressherald.com/2021/06/16/out-of-season-snowy-owl-spotted-in-drakes-island-section-of-wells/

Join us in extending a warm welcome to our Summer 2021 Intern, Annie! ⁠⁠She's double majoring in English and media studi...
06/16/2021

Join us in extending a warm welcome to our Summer 2021 Intern, Annie! ⁠

She's double majoring in English and media studies at the University of Maine, and will be helping out with all kinds of tasks, from proofreading to research to publicity. When she's not here at Islandport, catch her at the Ice Cream Dugout in Windham! 🍦😊

Join us in extending a warm welcome to our Summer 2021 Intern, Annie! ⁠

She's double majoring in English and media studies at the University of Maine, and will be helping out with all kinds of tasks, from proofreading to research to publicity. When she's not here at Islandport, catch her at the Ice Cream Dugout in Windham! 🍦😊

Head over to Tom Cat Tide in Southwest Harbor to browse some Islandport titles! 📕
06/16/2021

Head over to Tom Cat Tide in Southwest Harbor to browse some Islandport titles! 📕

Stop by and pick up some great summer reading !!! If you are a writer and not so much a reader…. Checkout our journal and card collection…if you are not a reader OR a writer….then come by and look at everything else!!! We open at 10!

On Friday, June 18th, author Kathryn Olmstead will be at Monica's Scandinavian Imports in Caribou with copies of her boo...
06/15/2021

On Friday, June 18th, author Kathryn Olmstead will be at Monica's Scandinavian Imports in Caribou with copies of her books, "Stories of Aroostook" and "True North". Stop in and say hi! 😀

Monica's Scandinavian Imports

On Friday, June 18th, author Kathryn Olmstead will be at Monica's Scandinavian Imports in Caribou with copies of her books, "Stories of Aroostook" and "True North". Stop in and say hi! 😀

Monica's Scandinavian Imports

We are working on final photo selections for John Duncan's "Take it Easy: Portland in the 1970s" coming this fall. A fas...
06/11/2021

We are working on final photo selections for John Duncan's "Take it Easy: Portland in the 1970s" coming this fall. A fascinating and intimate look by an amateur street photographer at an era, people, and a city on the cusp of change.

We are working on final photo selections for John Duncan's "Take it Easy: Portland in the 1970s" coming this fall. A fascinating and intimate look by an amateur street photographer at an era, people, and a city on the cusp of change.

"There is something eternal and remembered about Jim’s writing," says Genevieve Morgan, editor of his award-winning book...
06/10/2021

"There is something eternal and remembered about Jim’s writing," says Genevieve Morgan, editor of his award-winning book Blue Summer. "Even if you are just reading him for the first time, it’s as if his books have just been hanging out, waiting for you. I think this combination of intimacy and melancholy is what resonates for so many readers in Blue Summer. It reads like a song your mother sung to you that you hardly remember, but once someone sings it, you know all the words."

https://www.islandportpress.com/product-page/blue-summer

"There is something eternal and remembered about Jim’s writing," says Genevieve Morgan, editor of his award-winning book Blue Summer. "Even if you are just reading him for the first time, it’s as if his books have just been hanging out, waiting for you. I think this combination of intimacy and melancholy is what resonates for so many readers in Blue Summer. It reads like a song your mother sung to you that you hardly remember, but once someone sings it, you know all the words."

https://www.islandportpress.com/product-page/blue-summer

Want to learn a little bit more about Kathy Olmstead before meeting her at the Judson Height Outdoor Fair this weekend? ...
06/10/2021
New book from longtime Aroostook County resident promotes rural northern Maine values

Want to learn a little bit more about Kathy Olmstead before meeting her at the Judson Height Outdoor Fair this weekend? Check out this great article in the Bangor Daily News!

Kathryn Olmstead, who lives in Caribou, has published a book detailing a memorable chapter in her career: being an Aroostook-based columnist for the Bangor Daily News.

John Holyoke, former Bangor Daily News outdoors editor and author of Evergreens, will be signing books at the Judson Hei...
06/10/2021

John Holyoke, former Bangor Daily News outdoors editor and author of Evergreens, will be signing books at the Judson Height Outdoor Fair in Bangor! Catch him on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.😀🌲

John Holyoke, former Bangor Daily News outdoors editor and author of Evergreens, will be signing books at the Judson Height Outdoor Fair in Bangor! Catch him on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.😀🌲

Kathy Olmstead, Islandport Author and Aroostook County  legend, will be at the Judson Height Outdoor Fair all weekend. T...
06/10/2021

Kathy Olmstead, Islandport Author and Aroostook County legend, will be at the Judson Height Outdoor Fair all weekend. There's plenty of time to get those books signed and chat about the County! 😀

Kathy Olmstead, Islandport Author and Aroostook County legend, will be at the Judson Height Outdoor Fair all weekend. There's plenty of time to get those books signed and chat about the County! 😀

Couldn't make it to the Downeast Genius launch this past weekend? Check out what author Earl Smith has to say about it i...
06/08/2021
'Downeast Genius' highlights Maine inventors who changed the world

Couldn't make it to the Downeast Genius launch this past weekend? Check out what author Earl Smith has to say about it in this 207 interview! 🎥😄

From the machine gun to motor cars to insulin, Earl H. Smith writes about some of the world's most important inventions to come out of Maine.

Do you know who invented the Maine state drink? Author Earl Smith does! ⁠⁠Join him tomorrow at 12 p.m. for the launch of...
06/04/2021

Do you know who invented the Maine state drink? Author Earl Smith does! ⁠

Join him tomorrow at 12 p.m. for the launch of his book, Downeast Genius, at Oliver & Friends Bookshop in Belgrade Lakes!

Do you know who invented the Maine state drink? Author Earl Smith does! ⁠

Join him tomorrow at 12 p.m. for the launch of his book, Downeast Genius, at Oliver & Friends Bookshop in Belgrade Lakes!

We're so happy to share that Earl Smith will be signing copies of his new book "Downeast Genius" in our first event of 2...
06/02/2021

We're so happy to share that Earl Smith will be signing copies of his new book "Downeast Genius" in our first event of 2021 at Oliver & Friends on Saturday! 🎉

I am beyond excited to announce our very first event! Please join as as we celebrate our first Birthday by welcoming local author and historian Earl H. Smith to our front porch to sign copies of his brand new book! Enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies and enter our free raffle to win a gift card to our store.
#downeastgenius #booksigning #maineauthors #islandportpress #indiebookstore #belgradelakes

Kittens and Coffee at the worldwide headquarters.
05/28/2021

Kittens and Coffee at the worldwide headquarters.

Kittens and Coffee at the worldwide headquarters.

"Jim Nichols is undeniably one of the finest novelists writing in Maine today; a much needed voice—clear, authentic, bea...
05/28/2021

"Jim Nichols is undeniably one of the finest novelists writing in Maine today; a much needed voice—clear, authentic, beautiful—that hopefully is starting to gain the wider recognition it deserves. Jim brings a personal experience and curiosity of human condition to his writing that is relatively uncommon and that allows him to capture the spirit and the soul of the streets and bars and kitchens he writes about as well as the very real people who frequent them. Like Ruth Moore, he writes of place, carves away literary fluff and pretense, and layers the small details to build universal stories of human drama that can appreciated by readers anywhere. Congratulations to Jim, now a two-time winner of this award, and Editor Genevieve Morgan https://www.facebook.com/genevieve.morgan1, a brilliant team." — Dean L. Lunt, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Islandport Press.

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"Jim Nichols is undeniably one of the finest novelists writing in Maine today; a much needed voice—clear, authentic, beautiful—that hopefully is starting to gain the wider recognition it deserves. Jim brings a personal experience and curiosity of human condition to his writing that is relatively uncommon and that allows him to capture the spirit and the soul of the streets and bars and kitchens he writes about as well as the very real people who frequent them. Like Ruth Moore, he writes of place, carves away literary fluff and pretense, and layers the small details to build universal stories of human drama that can appreciated by readers anywhere. Congratulations to Jim, now a two-time winner of this award, and Editor Genevieve Morgan https://www.facebook.com/genevieve.morgan1, a brilliant team." — Dean L. Lunt, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Islandport Press.

https://www.islandportpress.com/product-page/blue-summer

"With each story I have learned something new about Aroostook," said Kathy Olmstead, editor of Stories of Aroostook and ...
05/12/2021
New book from longtime Aroostook County resident promotes rural northern Maine values

"With each story I have learned something new about Aroostook," said Kathy Olmstead, editor of Stories of Aroostook and author of True North.

Learn more about The County, and Kathy, in this story from the Bangor Daily News this week!

Kathryn Olmstead, who lives in Caribou, has published a book detailing a memorable chapter in her career: being an Aroostook-based columnist for the Bangor Daily News.

We're so excited to announce that four of our recent books are finalists for the Maine Literary Awards this year! 😀🎉Up f...
05/07/2021

We're so excited to announce that four of our recent books are finalists for the Maine Literary Awards this year! 😀🎉

Up for the fiction category is Blue Summer by Jim Nichols and for the anthology category is Stories of Aroostook by Kathryn Olmstead. The Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook by Karl Schatz and Margaret Hathaway is a finalist for the Excellence in Publishing Award and, finally, From the Mountains to the Sea by Peter Taylor is in the running for the John N. Cole Award for Maine Nonfiction!

Congratulations to all these authors, we can't wait to see who wins!

We are going to get this cool little retro item framed for the worldwide headquarters.
05/05/2021

We are going to get this cool little retro item framed for the worldwide headquarters.

We are going to get this cool little retro item framed for the worldwide headquarters.

It's a stone cold fact: Kittens love butterfly books. Especially on rainy Wednesdays.
05/05/2021

It's a stone cold fact: Kittens love butterfly books. Especially on rainy Wednesdays.

It's a stone cold fact: Kittens love butterfly books. Especially on rainy Wednesdays.

These intern applicants seem to get younger every year.
05/04/2021

These intern applicants seem to get younger every year.

These intern applicants seem to get younger every year.

Coming Fall 2021!The Adventures Begin.Hector Fox and the Giant Quest by Astrid Sheckels.
05/03/2021

Coming Fall 2021!
The Adventures Begin.
Hector Fox and the Giant Quest by Astrid Sheckels.

Coming Fall 2021!
The Adventures Begin.
Hector Fox and the Giant Quest by Astrid Sheckels.

It may be May Day, but we already have one eye on the holidays. This November, we are bringing back a slightly revised a...
05/01/2021

It may be May Day, but we already have one eye on the holidays. This November, we are bringing back a slightly revised and redesigned version of John and Ann Hassett's delightful "The Finest Christmas Tree." Publisher's Weekly said the book's art is "so lush and crisp one would swear it emits a pine scent." Indeed. The Hassett's live in mid-coast Maine.

It may be May Day, but we already have one eye on the holidays. This November, we are bringing back a slightly revised and redesigned version of John and Ann Hassett's delightful "The Finest Christmas Tree." Publisher's Weekly said the book's art is "so lush and crisp one would swear it emits a pine scent." Indeed. The Hassett's live in mid-coast Maine.

After 28 years at the Bangor Daily News, John Holyoke, outdoor columnist and author of "Evergreens," is leaving the news...
04/30/2021
After 28 years of sharing stories with BDN readers, it's time for a career change

After 28 years at the Bangor Daily News, John Holyoke, outdoor columnist and author of "Evergreens," is leaving the newspaper to pursue a career in education. Good luck John!

Follow this link to read his goodbye column.

https://bangordailynews.com/2021/04/30/outdoors/after-28-years-of-sharing-stories-with-bdn-readers-its-time-for-a-career-change/?fbclid=IwAR3GMAHAMpk38KoanQtlJRfeyrBTcjmO4MtCGWoUYqDvc8IwTviF1b_krp8

John Holyoke is leaving the BDN for a new career in teaching.

Winner, Winner, Winner!We are still thrilled that "Chowder Rules!" was named the 2020 Lupine Award Honor Book yesterday ...
04/30/2021

Winner, Winner, Winner!
We are still thrilled that "Chowder Rules!" was named the 2020 Lupine Award Honor Book yesterday by the Maine Library Association. Congratulations again to Anna and Vita! The book was acquired and edited by Islandport's Melissa Kim and designed by Teresa Lagrange.

Yesterday's recognition marks our third Lupine Award in the past dozen years, following "What the Wind Can Tell You" by Sarah Marie A. Jette in 2018 and "The Scallop Christmas" written by Jane Freeberg and illustrated by Astrid Sheckels in 2009. Great work by the authors, illustrators, and the team at Islandport!
Check them out at www.islandportpress.com

Lupine Honor Award!We're excited to announce that Chowder Rules by Anna Crowley Redding and illustrated by Vita Lane won...
04/29/2021

Lupine Honor Award!

We're excited to announce that Chowder Rules by Anna Crowley Redding and illustrated by Vita Lane won Maine's Lupine Honor Award today! The award is presented annually by the Maine Library Association to an author or illustrator who is a Maine resident, or whose work focuses on Maine.

Chowder Rules tells is the story behind the great chowder cook-off of 1939 with gusto, humor, and of course, good taste.

Lupine Honor Award!

We're excited to announce that Chowder Rules by Anna Crowley Redding and illustrated by Vita Lane won Maine's Lupine Honor Award today! The award is presented annually by the Maine Library Association to an author or illustrator who is a Maine resident, or whose work focuses on Maine.

Chowder Rules tells is the story behind the great chowder cook-off of 1939 with gusto, humor, and of course, good taste.

Flashback (2008): Storytellers John McDonald, Kendall Morse, and Tim Sample following a storytelling event at L.L. Bean ...
04/28/2021

Flashback (2008): Storytellers John McDonald, Kendall Morse, and Tim Sample following a storytelling event at L.L. Bean that was organized and sponsored by Islandport Press. Capt. Kendall Morse passed away last week at the age of 86.

Flashback (2008): Storytellers John McDonald, Kendall Morse, and Tim Sample following a storytelling event at L.L. Bean that was organized and sponsored by Islandport Press. Capt. Kendall Morse passed away last week at the age of 86.

Now Available for Pre-Order!"Downeast Genius: From Earmuffs to Motor Cars, Maine Inventors Who Changed the World"Shippin...
04/27/2021

Now Available for Pre-Order!

"Downeast Genius: From Earmuffs to Motor Cars, Maine Inventors Who Changed the World"
Shipping in mid-May.
www.islandportpress.com

Now Available for Pre-Order!

"Downeast Genius: From Earmuffs to Motor Cars, Maine Inventors Who Changed the World"
Shipping in mid-May.
www.islandportpress.com

Want to learn more about Jim Nichols before book club? 📖 Check out his free zoom presentation, hosted by the Hobbs Libra...
04/27/2021
Lovell’s Meet The Author series welcomes novelist Jim Nichols

Want to learn more about Jim Nichols before book club? 📖 Check out his free zoom presentation, hosted by the Hobbs Library this Thursday from 7-8 p.m.!

More info here: https://www.sunjournal.com/2021/04/26/lovells-meet-the-author-series-welcomes-novelist-jim-nichols/

Celebrated Maine author Jim Nichols will give an online presentation from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, hosted by the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library in Lovell. To join this free Zoom event, visit the library website at www.hobbslibrary.org and click on the Zoom link by 7 p.m. on Thursday, April....

Great Bookstore News! Sherman's, Maine's Oldest Bookstore, will open three new locations by mid-summer. The new stores w...
04/26/2021
Shermans, Maine's Oldest Bookstore, Adds 3 Locations

Great Bookstore News! Sherman's, Maine's Oldest Bookstore, will open three new locations by mid-summer. The new stores will be located in Windham, Topsham, and Rockland. Sherman's is a big support of Islandport books. Congrats to Jeff and everyone at Sherman's.

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/86183-sherman-s-maine-s-oldest-bookstore-adding-3-locations.html

Sherman's Book Shops, Maine's oldest bookstore, is poised to open three new locations this summer.

Watch Kendall Morse sing The Haying Song in this tribute video. The good Captain passed away this week. He was 86.
04/22/2021
The Haying Song

Watch Kendall Morse sing The Haying Song in this tribute video. The good Captain passed away this week. He was 86.

Maine storyteller and folk singer Kendall Morse performs "The Haying Song," written by David Mallett.

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Hi my name is Judy Temple Barry I have two books that Dean Lawrence Lunt wrote Here for Generations and Hauling by hand. My mother Dorothy Lunt Temple. My mother lived at Southwest Senior Citizen Apartment building in Maine. I remember her talking about Vivian Lunt. I visited my mother and father their and my father ended up dying in 1998 from Alzheiumer's. My mothers mother lived in Mckinley Maine.You might be my cousin. I just wanted to let you know. I am sorry about my spelling accept I do not know why Lunt is in red. Judy Temple Barry
Dean, a Friend of Ours would Like to Purchase Favorite Island Recipes. Is it still available? If so, could you give us instructions on how to obtain it? Thank You.
The book tour for EVERGREENS has been on hold for months as we all deal with the pandemic, but I got the chance to stop by Sherman’s while on a day trip to Bar Harbor today and asked if they’d like me to sign a few copies. Thanks to all the booksellers for their hard work during these tough times. Much appreciated.
Troy, Maine Neighbors, a group of neighbors helping neighbors, would like to thank Islandport Press for their generous donation of books to our Floating Library. The donation includes books for tweens, as well as children and adults. (And we all love those Maine books!) The inspiration for our "floating" library (plastic totes that we drop off at residents' houses for their reading pleasure) actually came from Islandport's Little Library. Reading is not only the key to knowledge, it's a great way to ride Aladdin's carpet through a pandemic. Happy reading, everyone!
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Will the new Gerry Boyle book “Random Act” be available in hardcover?
Can’t wait for Mud Sand & Snow by Agell, coming out next Spring!
I was born and raised in Winterport, Maine. I live in the Caribbean and I wrote a novel about a guy from New Hampshire. Seems like a good place to share it.
Do you folks have a writer that gave you an article on Speaking our Language by the name of john McDonald? I am writing a Maine centered book about a small town and I am quoting some Maine expressions and saw that he had two pages of them and I was wondering if I could have permission to quote some in my book? If I am on the right track could you let me know.please? A friend in Scarbrough sent this along to me. My name is Jane Rozelle up in Guilford, maine.
Big tip of the hat to Stev Heaslip's OUTSTANDING photo. One picture worth a thousands word. Thank you.