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In Maine (paperback)

Essays on Life's Seasons

Softcover, 192 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, Nonfiction, Essays

ISBN: 978-1-944762-74-2

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About this Book:

John Cole’s classic In Maine is a sometimes moving, sometimes lyrical, but always personal book that reveals a man examining the progress of his life and a man reveling in a natural world that not only unfolds around him, but also engages him as an active participant. The Islandport Press edition of  In Maine features selected essays that first appeared as “John’s Column” in the Maine Times, the influential newspaper he co-founded in 1968 and guided during its glory days in the 1970s, as well as additional essays that speak to the wondrous rhythms of life in Cole’s signature style and demonstrate an enduring passion for Maine and the outdoors. 

In Maine by John Cole
  • In Maine by John Cole
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"as lyrical, witty, and moving as anything E. B. White ever wrote."
––Down East Magazine

"His reflections have a wistful and romantic tone to them, but he is not blind to what Maine once was: a thriving state of farms and fisheries that have all but disappeared."
––The Miramichi Reader

"In Maine is a smart collection of Cole’s wonderful essays on his love affair with Maine — its seasons, wildlife, people and family. The book was originally published in 1974, republished in 2001, and is now in soft cover from Islandport Press. The essays have not lost their charm, warmth, humor or insight over the years."
––Bill Bushnell, Central Maine Newspapers

John N. Cole’s “In Maine” Available in Paperback

John N. Cole’s “In Maine” Available in Paperback

Yarmouth—The classic In Maine, a brilliant collection of essays by iconic journalist John N. Cole, is back in print for the first time in more than ten years, in time to help the state celebrate its bicentennial.

Maine-based Islandport Press published a revamped hardcover edition of the book in 2001 and has now released a softcover version, making the essays, written in Cole’s signature style, available for another generation.

Ken Allen of The Maine Sportsman once called Cole “the best outdoors writer to ever live in Maine,” while Brian Kevin, editor-in-chief of Down East Magazine, recently said Cole’s essays about community and ecology “were as lyrical, witty, and moving as anything E.B. White ever wrote.”’

“There is no question that Cole belongs in the pantheon of Maine outdoor writers as well as journalists,” said Dean L. Lunt, publisher of Islandport Press. “He wrote beautifully and in an unpretentious way about everyday life and natural events in Maine. He was a great supporter of Islandport Press in its infancy, recognizing, I like to think, a kindred spirit in both a desire to tell stories and capture the wonder that is Maine with both authenticity and voice.”

Cole was the cofounder of the groundbreaking newspaper, The Maine Times, which was a must read in the early 1970s when it served as the leading voice in Maine’s conservation movement and kept close tabs on local and state government.

Cole wrote “John’s Column” for The Maine Times and it was a collection of those columns that was first packaged as a book in 1974. At the direct request of Cole, the out-of-print book was redesigned, expanded, and reintroduced as a new hardcover by Islandport in 2001.

Cole died of cancer in January 2003. He was 79. He left a legacy that includes the John N. Cole Award, which is awarded each year by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance to a Maine-themed nonfiction book. Cole was a World War II veteran, wrote several other books, including Striper (Lyons, 1978) and was a frequent contributor to national magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and Field & Stream.

Islandport Press is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of Maine and New England. For more information, call 207-846-3344, visit or email  

John Cole

About this Author

John N. Cole (1923-2003), avid sport fisherman, amateur naturalist, and honored journalist, started working in Maine at the old Kennebunk Star in 1958. A decade later, he co-founded Maine Times, a un



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