Great stories and art focused on coastal Maine

I love the concept for the book Coastal Maine in Words and Art that features 27 stories by various writers and artwork about our coast, focused on Rockland.

The Solon Center for Research and Publishing sponsored a contest where writers submitted 88 stories for the book. I’ll bet it was tough to select just 27 of those. Many of those stories will put you right out on the ocean near Rockland. They range from serious and insightful to witty and humorous. I really enjoyed all of them.

When Linda and I were writing weekly travel columns for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, we wrote a bunch of columns about inns, restaurants, and activities in Rockland, all of which we enjoyed.

The cover of the book features the long walkway to the lighthouse in Rockland Harbor, a walk Linda and I have made several times. I even took my grandsons to the end of the walkway to fish one time.

This book was published by SCRP’s Polar Bear & Company and is widely available including in many bookstores and The Gallery Fukurou in Rockland. The Maine Humanities Council even provided a grant so these books can be donated to libraries throughout our state.

The SCRP is a nonprofit that helps build community in Maine through educational, literary, scientific and artistic means, with publications, research, exhibits, events and other initiatives. Very impressive.


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.