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Monhegan author to launch book at Maine Snowmobile Show

09/23/2019

Yarmouth, Maine (September 23, 2019)—Snowmobilers flock to Augusta every year before the snow flies in October for the Maine Snowmobile Show. This year, the show also will be the place for one snowmobiler to celebrate the release of his first book, Making Tracks: How I Learned to Love Snowmobiling in Maine.

Matt Weber grew up in Stillwater, Maine, and first got a taste for snowmobiles working with the snowmaking crew on the ski slopes of Sugarloaf. But Monhegan Island, a small island about twelve miles off the coast, called him instead and he became a commercial fisherman on an island where snowmobiles aren’t even allowed. He and his family also started a brewing business, and own both the Monhegan Brewing Company and Lake St. George Brewing Company. In 2013, he grabbed at a chance to start snowmobiling again and hasn’t looked back since. 

Weber's publisher, Islandport Press, will be selling a selection of outdoor titles at the Snowmobile Show at booths 11 and 12, including Making Tracks all three days of the show––October 18, 19, and 20. Weber will sign books from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday. In addition, Islandport author John Holyoke will appear at the booth to sign copies of his new book Evergreens: A Collection of Maine Outdoors Stories on Saturday, October 19 from 9 to 11 a.m.Weber's new custom snowmobile, a 2020 Skidoo Summit 600 E-Tec, will be at the booth for the public to view as well.

In Making Tracks, Weber takes up snowmobiling and recounts his adventures and misadventures learning the ropes. Weber brings readers along on his journey from buying his first snowmobile to exploring the four best snowmobiling regions of Maine—Jackman, the Western Mountains, Eastern Maine, and the County—in a series of rides that see much learning and laughter and showcase the sheer joy of being outdoors in winter. The book includes tips and helpful information on snowmobiling in Maine.

The 2019 Maine Snowmobile Show, put on by Maine Snowmobile Association, will take place at the Augusta Civic Center, located at 76 Community Drive, Augusta, Maine. The show will have both new and antique snowmobiles for viewing, and it offers many opportunities to shop for gear straight from Maine retailers. Free ITS trail maps will be available as well as raffle tickets for prizes distributed throughout the weekend. Show hours are 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults  and free for children 11 and under. Parking is free. 

After its release on October 15, copies of Making Tracks will be available at bookstores and gift stores throughout the state, and online at www.islandportpress.com