Rockland Public Library presents author Laurie Apgar Chandler Thursday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This event is free and open to all.

When life took a dramatic turn over a decade ago, it was a moment of awakening for Laurie Apgar Chandler of Bremen. In 2015, at age 53, she became the first woman to solo thru-paddle the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a story chronicled in her inspirational debut memoir, "Upwards." Chandler discovered she loved the author life. Soon, she was dreaming of writing about another expedition.

Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was two years young when Chandler embarked on a unique journey. After trekking the monument's panoramic peaks on the International Appalachian Trail, she traded her hiking boots for a solo canoe. Taking the long way round, she followed age-old waterways into the upper watershed of the Penobscot River’s East Branch, then descended its wild waters and quiet byways, through the heart of the monument. Hers is a story of shared discovery, highlighting the region’s ancient geology, rich history, and natural wonders.

Chandler has been grateful to call Maine home for many years. She treasures the small moments she spends snowshoeing, swimming, and discovering new wildflowers as much as her grand adventures. Formerly a research forester, Chandler currently works in middle school special education. Learn more or purchase her books at

For a link to the Zoom event, please email by 4 p.m. on Jan. 21 and identify the event you are interested in attending in the subject line.