ROCKLAND — Two decades ago, writer Andrew Vietze left a cushy job as managing editor of Down East to begin life as a park ranger in the “Forever Wild” wilderness.

“I decided I could write about the interesting people of Maine – or I could go and become one,” he said.

The bestselling, award-winning author of “Becoming Teddy Roosevelt,” “Boon Island,” and “White Pine” recounts the adventures that followed in his new book, “This Wild Land.” From all-night rescues in storms atop Katahdin to raids on illegal camps, fighting forest fires and facing off with black bears and moose, Vietze has done it all, and he recounts it in page-turning fashion.

In this program, Andrew Vietze will share some of his adventures and discuss life as a park ranger in the North Woods.

From Paul Doiron, author of the popular “Mike Bowditch” series: “’This Wild Land’ records his adventures and misadventures as a ranger at Baxter State Park: home to legendary Mount Katahdin, beloved by both Henry David Thoreau and Teddy Roosevelt, and arguably the last wild place in the Eastern US. Vietze’s story is at once inspirational, frankly heartfelt, and endlessly entertaining.”

This event will take place in the Community Room and livestreamed via Zoom. The Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. For more information or for Zoom links, please email by 4 p.m. on Dec. 8.