Maine author will read at Farmington library


FARMINGTON — Maine author Susan Hand Shetterly will read from her new book, “Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at the Farmington Public Library.

A dedicated naturalist, a keen-eyed wildlife watcher, a bird rehabilitator and a conservation activist, Shetterly returns in this book to the subjects that have been at the heart of her writing over the last 30 years: the animals and the people who inhabit the forests, fields, villages, bays, inlets, islands and salt marshes of her home territory on the Maine coast.

In 1971, after college and graduate school, she moved with her then husband into a cabin, without plumbing and electricity, in Gouldsboro. There she began the settling into the wild and the self-education as a naturalist that provided her with her entry into her writing life, first as a regular contributor to the Maine Times, later to magazines like Yankee, Down East, Birder’s World and Audubon.

In addition to her newspaper and magazine work, Shetterly has written several children’s books, among them the award-winning “Shelterwood.” Other writing honors include a 1993 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and Individual Artist Fellowship Grants from the Maine Arts Commission in 1994 and 2001.

“Settled in the Wild” is a collection of notes from the edge of town; each essay can be read in isolation and each one is complete and full in itself. After the reading, light refreshments will be served, and Kenny Brechner of Devaney, Doak and Garrett, Booksellers, will have copies of “Settled in the Wild” available for sale and for Shetterly to sign.