Authors discuss their works at Bangor library

Posted Nov. 26, 2010, at 8:50 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two authors will talk about their works Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Bangor Public Library.

Jeff Foltz, author of “Birkebeiner,” a historical thriller set in Scandinavia, will speak at 11 a.m.

Local historian Trudy Scee, author of “City on the Penobscot: A Comprehensive History of Bangor, Maine,” will speak at 2 p.m.

Both talks will be in the library’s Lecture Hall on the third floor, available by elevator from the children’s department. Both authors will have books available for sale.

“Birkebeiner” is the story of a mother’s need to protect her child. It is set in early 11th century Norway when the Crozier army threatens to kill her son, the prince who may ascend to the throne and perhaps unite the country.

The story follows mother and child and two warriors as they flee to Nidaros, an eight-day journey on skis through two treacherous valleys and over a 7,000-foot mountain.

Foltz, a Nordic skier himself, traveled to Norway to ski terrain similar to what he depicts in the book. He also did extensive research on this period in Norway’s history. Foltz graduated from the Stonecoast Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine in 2004.

Bangor started as a small settlement on the Penobscot known as Kenduskeag Plantation.

For generations, the river was the source of food, water, recreation, industry and transportation and the city’s link to the world.

Bangor was a leading port city and the lumber capital of the world during the 19th century. It has the second oldest garden cemetery, Mount Hope Cemetery; the oldest community orchestra, Bangor Symphony Orchestra; and one of the oldest community bands, the Bangor Band.

Bangor natives have survived fires and floods that decimated the city and epidemics that devastated the population.

Both programs are free.

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