COURTESY OF COLLOQUY DOWNEAST

Author to speak at George Stevens Academy



BLUE HILL — Colin Woodard, author of “The Lobster Coast,” will speak about “Four Centuries of Coastal Maine Livelihoods” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, in the Esther Wood Room at George Stevens Academy.

Woodard’s talk is sponsored by Colloquy Downeast in collaboration with the Brooklin Keeping Society, George Stevens Academy, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society the Wilson Museum and The Ellsworth American.

Colloquy Downeast is interested in expanding its mission to include more conversation with local communities, especially those whose livelihoods give this area its distinctive flavor. Woodard uses the example of fishing and lobstering to describe how families have been able to remain in Maine communities for generations.

His book is about more than lobster fishing and the science behind it. Rather, it is a social history of the waves of people who arrived in coastal Maine over the past 400 years. Those who have found sustainable long-term livelihoods have remained and are often the core of the communities and traditions of Downeast Maine.

Admission to this event is $5 at the door. A light reception will follow Woodard’s talk.