May 25, 2018
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Naturalist’s essays collected

TROY — A new collection of essays on Maine’s natural world by Waldo County writer Dana Wilde is now available in paperback and ebook.

“The Other End of the Driveway,” available from, collects essays from the award-winning Amateur Naturalist column in the Bangor Daily News. An itinerant amateur naturalist from Waldo County, Dana Wilde uses his essays to explore the science and experience of the backyard and the Maine woods, following in the tracks of writers like Henry David Thoreau and Annie Dillard.

“Dana Wilde’s collection makes up a bright constellation of images and insights that tells the story of Maine’s natural world in all seasons and weather,” writes Kristen Lindquist of the Coastal Mountains Land Trust in Camden. “His close and joyful focus on everything around him, from stars and spiders to bog grasses and bear tracks, instructs and illuminates as all the best stories do.”

A columnist and editor for the Bangor Daily News, Wilde has taught at Unity College and the University of Maine, as well as in Eastern Europe and China, and his writings on nature, literature and the cosmos have appeared in a wide variety of publications. He lives with his wife Bonnie Woellner in Troy.

“The Other End of the Driveway” is available from and or by ordering from your local bookstore. For more information, go to or contact the author at

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