Mutiny, shipwrecks and cannibalism

Mar 27, 2014
Photo by: Bruce Hancock Andrew Vietze

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library will present an evening with Maine writer and editor Andrew Vietze Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. The library is located in the historic Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Parking and handicapped access are in back.

Vietze will read from his recent book “Boon Island,” subtitled "A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism,” set on the desolate rock known as Boon Island. Many Mainers are familiar with the story of Boon Island because of the historical novel by that name written by Kenneth Roberts. Vietze will talk about the process of researching and writing his nonfictional account of that same event, involving the wreck of the ship Nottingham Galley.

The former managing editor of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, Vietze is the bestselling author of eight books including the critically acclaimed “Boon Island” (Globe Pequot, 2012) and “Becoming Teddy Roosevelt” (Down East, 2010). Co-written with historian Stephen Erickson, “Boon Island” won a gold medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards, was a ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist and is the subject of a Travel Channel feature premiering this summer.

“Becoming Teddy Roosevelt” also won an IPPY, was a Book of the Year Finalist and was the inspiration for Coastal Maine Botanical Garden's new program for middleschoolers, the Lunder New Naturalists. The book was formally honored by decree of the Maine State Legislature in 2010, hailed as symbolic of the spirit and unique character of Maine.

Vietze got his start at the Maine Times in the early ‘90s and, in addition to his books, has written for a wide array of publications including New York Times' LifeWire, Weather.com's “Forecast Earth,” Crawdaddy, Time Out New York, Explore, Big Sky Journal, AMC Outdoors, Popmatters and American Songwriter. A Registered Maine Guide, he splits his time between an old farmhouse in Appleton and a cabin in the woods of Baxter State Park, where he works as a seasonal ranger.

For more information about Andrew Vietze, visit andrewvietze.com. For more information about the event, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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