February 17, 2020
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WWII memoir authors to tour Aroostook

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Kathryn Olmstead and Philomena Baker will tour Aroostook County June 25-28 to introduce and sign their new book Flight to Freedom.

June 25 they will be at the Caribou Public Library from 4-6 p.m. and June 26 at the Swamp Buck Restaurant in Fort Kent from 3-5 p.m.

June 27 they will be at The Whole Potato Café and Commons in Presque Isle from 4-6 p.m. June 28 they conclude their tour at York’s Bookstore in Houlton from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Previewed in 2010 as a seven-part series in the Bangor Daily News, Flight to Freedom documents Baker’s experience as a German refugee during World War II. Evacuated from Odessa on a hospital train for wounded German soldiers, Baker and her mother walked most of the way to American-occupied Germany, arriving with surrendering German soldiers in 1945.

The story that begins in Russia ends in Maine where Baker settles initially in Fort Kent, as the bride of a Fort Kent man, and eventually in Hampden where she becomes well-known throughout New England for fine portrait photography.

Flight to Freedom is available at Works of Heart in Caribou, Paradis in Fort Kent, Merchants on the Corner in Presque Isle, York’s Bookstore in Houlton, www.maineauthorspublishing.com, and at the signings (cash and checks only).