November 15, 2019
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Author Van Reid returns to Bar Harbor with new Moosepath League book

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BAR HARBOR — Van Reid is back on bookshelves with “Moss Farm,” the sixth installment of his beloved series about the fictional Moosepath League, and he’ll be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. to kick off the library’s Summer Author Series with a talk about the new book, the writing life, and the depiction of historic Maine in novels.
The Moosepath League books – which their creator describes as “historical romantic comic adventures,” are set in early 19th-century Maine and feature a trio of Portland gentlemen, their amused and fearless leader, his valet, and an assortment of characters drawn from real Maine history and legend. Readers will find buried treasure and baseball, beautiful lady balloonists, bootleggers, pirates, politics, a downhearted pig, adventure, and intrigue among the annals of the Moosepath League.
“Moss Farm” finds some members of the Moosepath League dealing with romantic entanglements and a ghostly visitation on a family farmstead, while others climb up and down Portland’s social ladder in a valiant attempt to deliver a mysterious letter.
The books are the author’s way of celebrating the state he loves and the people, past and present, he has come to know, he said. Mr. Reid is a native Mainer with family roots deep in Maine history. Three sides of his family have been living on the coast of Maine since the mid-18th century. Mr. Reid lives with his wife and children in Edgecomb.
In addition to the Moosepath League books, he is the author of “Peter Loon,” a historical novel set just after the end of the American Revolution when Maine was still part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; as well as two volumes of “The American Zig-Zag,” a pseudo 19th-century literary journal written and illustrated in the style of the Victorian era that feature original short stories, poetry, essays, cartoons, and lyrics.
Sherman’s book store will be on hand to sell books at the event, and part of the proceeds go to the Jesup.
For more information, contact Melinda Rice at the Jesup, at 288-4245 or mrice@jesuplibrary.org. As with all events at the Jesup, this one is free and open to the public.