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Virtual Author Talk: Apples and the Art of Detection with John Bunker

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


BAR HARBOR — Join author and Maine apple expert John Bunker for a virtual talk about his book “Apples and the Art of Detection: Tracking Down, Identifying and Preserving Rare Apples” on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. with the Jesup Memorial Library on Zoom. Learn more about Bunker’s ongoing search for apples in Maine and share your own apple stories.

The “art of detection” is what Sherlock Holmes called his profession. In his book, Bunker channels his inner Sherlock as he searches through Maine’s past and present tracking down historic, unusual and occasionally illusive apple varieties and their stories. Part travelogue, part mystery and part how-to manual this book will take readers for a ride across Maine and leave them excited to start searching for and identifying the old apple trees themselves.

Bunker has lived in Palermo on Super Chilly Farm for the past 47 years, where he and Cammy Watts grow vegetables, woody and herbaceous ornamentals, small fruits and tree fruits. Super Chilly Farm is also home to “Out on a Limb Apples” where they grow several hundred apple varieties, most of them unusual, historic or rare. For more than thirty-five years, Bunker coordinated nursery sales for Fedco Trees, the co-op nursery company in Clinton. In 2012, Bunker established the Maine Heritage Orchard at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Common Ground Fair in Unity. Currently the orchard is home to 300 historic pears and apples.

This event is co-sponsored by Sherman’s Books and copies of “Apples and the Art of Detection” can be purchased through Sherman’s Books at their psychical locations or by calling their Bar Harbor at 207-288-3161.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. To register visit jesuplibrary.org/events/apple and fill out the form or email kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.


April 15
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mt. Desert St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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