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Islandport Press signs best-selling author Kate Christensen


Yarmouth, Maine (January 30, 2014)—Islandport Press has signed acclaimed novelist and national best-selling author Kate Christensen to write a nonfiction book that weaves together a story of food, history, and personal experience set against a backdrop of the Pine Tree State.

Christensen’s new book, How To Cook A Moose, was inspired by her love of Maine, M.F.K. Fisher, and culinary-inspired storytelling. In its pages, she will explore the state’s food lore and culture, as she describes through personal anecdotes and recipes the tenacity—and skill—required to forage, hunt, fish, fetch, grow, and cook in the far reaches of the country. It is scheduled for release in 2015.

“Christensen is a great writer of our time: monumentally skilled, flexible, honest, and fearless,” says Genevieve Morgan, a senior editor at Islandport Press. “Her love affair with the state of Maine is mutual, and I, along with my co-workers, are equally smitten. Her book will do for the Maine culinary scene what How to Cook a Wolf did for cooking in war time.”

Christensen is the author of six novels: In the Drink, Trouble, The Epicure’s Lament, The Great Man, which won the Pen/Faulkner Award, The Astral, and Jeremy Thrane. Her literary memoir, Blue Plate Special, was published in 2013 to near-unanimous praise.

“Writing a book about food in Maine for a small local press feels like the perfect confluence, and working with an editor as passionate, committed, and experienced as Genevieve is a thrill,” Christensen said. “Islandport Press is just great. They're savvy and literary-minded, and I'm delighted to be one of their writers.”

Christensen was raised in Berkeley, California, in the 1960s and Arizona in the 1970s. She worked as an au pair in France, where she discovered the pleasures of food, then went on to hone her literary skills at Reed College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Christensen moved to New York City in 1989 and worked as an editorial assistant, knowing all along that she was meant to be a writer. After a succession of temporary jobs and the usual heap of rejection letters, Christensen published her first novel at age thirty-six. In 2011, she moved to Portland, Maine, and also spends time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Her blog can be read at

How to Cook a Moose will be released in September 2015. For inquiries, please call 207-846-3344 or email

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