– Registered Maine Guide to give next Great Falls Forum talk

Earl Brechlin is an author, historian and a Registered Maine Guide. Submitted photo

The 2021-22 season of the Great Falls Forum, featuring Maine author, historian and Registered Maine Guide Earl Brechlin, is set for noon-1 pm Thursday, March 17, virtually via Zoom and streamed to the Lewiston Public Library Facebook page.

Brechlin’s talk, “So, you think you know Maine? Think again!,” is a free program.

From Kittery to Fort Kent, from Calais to Camden, from Rangeley to Roque Bluffs, and from Bethel to Bucksport, Maine is home to natural wonders, quirky characters, remarkable inventors, historical firsts, ghosts, legends, landmarks, fairs, festivals and culinary icons all born in the triumph of an unquestionably indomitable spirit nurtured over two centuries since becoming a state in 1820, according to a news release from the library.

That heritage is celebrated in “Wild, Weird, Wonderful — Maine!,” a Maine nonfiction bestseller by Brechlin.

In his Great Falls Forum talk, Brechlin will share some of his favorites from more than 300 people, places, things and events that have made Maine what it is today.

Brechlin, who lives in Bar Harbor, won the John Cole Award for Maine-themed nonfiction in 2019 for “Return to Moose River,” a collection of heartfelt essays celebrating the natural and human history of the Great North Woods.

He was the founding editor of the Mount Desert Islander, a weekly newspaper that has repeatedly won first place for general excellence from the National Press Association, New England Press Association and Maine Press Associations. He is the holder of more than 100 awards for news, feature writing, and photography. He is a former Maine Journalist of the Year and is the author of nine books published by Islandport Press, Down East Books and Hunter Publishing, including adventure and hiking guides to Maine and Acadia National Park and postcard history books about regions of Maine and New England .

Brechlin is working on a book about the mysterious downing of a Navy airship off the coast of Maine during World War II.

The Great Falls Forum speaker series is co-sponsored by Bates College, Lewiston Public Library and the Sun Journal.

The Zoom link will be posted online at lplonline.org and Facebook prior to the event.

For more information, contact the library at 207-513-3135 or [email protected].

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