Doiron on the real North Woods Lawmen

Aug 28, 2014
Paul Doiron

Belfast — On Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m., the Maine Writers Talk About … series at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., will wrap up with a North Woods Lawmen presentation by award-winning author Paul Doiron. The series is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Belfast Free Library and is free and open to the public.

Doiron is the author of the best-selling Mike Bowditch mystery crime novel series including “The Poacher's Son,” “Trespasser,” “Bad Little Falls,” “Massacre Pond” and the recently released “The Bone Orchard.” When Doiron first began writing about Maine game wardens, they were little-known law enforcement officers in a less-understood corner of the country. Over the past five years, however, Doiron’s books have gone on to win numerous awards; and many television viewers have discovered the Maine Warden Service through Animal Planet’s popular reality TV show “North Woods Law.”

In his talk, Doiron will discuss the challenges and rewards of writing about a branch of law enforcement that is increasingly seen as exotic in a rapidly urbanizing world. He will share stories from his own first-hand research with wardens, as well as what it is like to see how reality television depicts and distorts the lives of sworn officers of the law (Doiron was given exclusive access and wrote about the filming of “North Woods Law” for Down East magazine).

Doiron is Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, having served as editor in chief from 2005 to 2013, before stepping down to write full time. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English, and he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. He is a former member of the Maine Arts Commission and a current member of the Maine Humanities Council. He also is a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a Midcoast trout stream.

Books will be available to purchase at the program. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

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

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