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Paul Doiron to speak as part of the Maine Writers Talk About…series at the Belfast Free Library

Posted Aug. 28, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
Maine author Paul Doiron to speak at the Belfast Free Library Tuesday September 9th, 6:30.
Maine author Paul Doiron to speak at the Belfast Free Library Tuesday September 9th, 6:30.

On Tuesday September 9th at 6:30 pm the Maine Writers Talk About… series at the Belfast Free Library wraps up with a presentation by award winning author Paul Doiron titled “North Woods Lawmen.” 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 release, The Bone Orchard .

The Maine Writers Talk About…series is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Belfast Free Library and is free and open to the public.

When Paul 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 the Animal Planet’s popular reality TV show ‘North Woods Law.’

In this talk, Doiron discusses the challenges and rewards of writing about a branch of law enforcement that is increasingly seen as exotic in a rapidly urbanizing world. He shares 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. (Paul was given exclusive access and wrote about the filming of ‘North Woods Law’ for Down East magazine.) Where do we draw the line anymore between truth and fiction? Let’s talk about it.

Paul 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 is also a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine.

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

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