New collection by Patrisha McLean features portraits of Maine islanders
June 15, 2015
Angus, 11: "Islesboro is only three miles by sea and eight miles from our house [in Camden], but it smells and feels different. That lightness. We don't have any of our burdens from here. We're so close to the mainland but instantly—poof!—Magic Land." —W. Hodding Carter, Angus's father.
Patrisha McLean's My Island is a celebration of summer and year-round Maine island children, with more than 100 duotone portraits. The 160-page book—five years and countless ferry rides in the making, she says—is distributed by Islandport Press and is a follow-up to Maine Street, the award-winning 2010 book celebrating the people in her hometown of Camden.
McLean will sign copies of her book on Islesboro on Thursday, July 23 at 2 p.m. at Artisan Books and on Vinalhaven on Saturday, July 25, from noon until 2 p.m.
Sherry Bunin worked in the publishing industry all her life, but it wasn't until late in her career that her writing was published. She started out as an English major at the University of Cincinnati and while student, took a job at Writer's Digest where she was in charge of an annual short story contest.