May 25, 2018
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“Where Cool Waters Flow” named best book of 2010 by N.E. Outdoor Writers Association


YARMOUTH — ”Where Cool Waters Flow,” Randy Spencer’s first person account detailing a year in the life of a Master Maine Guide, has been named the best book of 2010 by the New England Outdoor Writers Association.

“Where Cool Waters Flow” was published by Maine-based Islandport Press and is the first book by Spencer, a Master Maine Guide. Spencer is based at Grand Lake Stream, In his book, Spencer puts readers in the seat of his Grand Laker fishing for salmon and takes them out on the trails, lakes, rivers and roads of the region he loves. He also introduces the visitors, the local legends and the residents of the town. His writing reveals a place where people go to decompress, connect with nature, and escape the pressures of modern society, according to a press release.

“Author and master guide Randy Spencer captured the true Maine that we sportsmen and residents of the state love,” said Steve Hickoff, an author and one of the NEOWA judges. “He does so with graceful eloquence, and yeah, a more than a little self-deprecating humor. Want to visit here when you can’t? Read this book.”

The award was announced at NEOWA’s annual meeting in Oxford, Mass., on April 2. NEOWA, established in 1942, is the oldest regional outdoor writers organization in the United States. Islandport Press is a Maine-based publisher of quality books about Northern New England. For more about Randy Spencer or his book, call Islandport Press at 207-846-3344, email at, or visit

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