The Rockland Public Library presents author Earl Brechlin Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This event is free and open to all.

So, you think you know Maine? Think again!

It’s not just the woods, waters, forests, fields, mountains, shores, cities and towns, lobsters and lighthouses that define Maine.

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.

Brechlin’s latest book, "Wild! Weird! Wonderful! Maine," is a cross between a Downeast version of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” a library full of field guides, and a celebratory compendium of myths, legends, truths and tall tales shared around campfires and potbelly stoves in general stores for generations. Brechlin describes the book as “a proud, authoritative anthology of everything cool, quirky, and bizarre about the great state of Maine.” During this 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 is a Registered Maine Guide who lives in Bar Harbor with his wife, Roxie. He was the founding editor of the Mount Desert Islander and has previously been awarded Maine Journalist of the Year and the John Cole Award for Maine-themed nonfiction. He is the author of nine books about Maine and New England.

For a link to the Zoom event, please email by 4 p.m. on Jan. 14 and identify the event you are interested in attending in the subject line.