The Rockland Public Library presents a book talk and signing by Andrew Vietze, the author of “Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America’s 26th President.” The talk, which is part of the library’s continuing series of literary, film and cultural offerings, will be held Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Vietze, an award-winning writer and Baxter State Park ranger, provides appealing insight into the formative years of a young Theodore Roosevelt who was sent to hunt and fish in the Maine wilderness as a way to work out of his doldrums after the death of his father.

Under the influence of legendary Maine Guide Bill Sewall, who became his trusted lifelong friend, the experience transformed this indulged and sickly rich city kid, strengthening both his body and his character and sparking the passion for wilderness which would inspire his later conservation achievements. Good, too, for its glimpse into development of the isolated northern Maine community of Island Falls with Bill and his wife Mary Sewall’s boarding house at its center during the booming log drives and the arrival of the railroad.

Books will be available at the event courtesy of The Reading Corner.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice. Please call the library at 594-0310.