Thursday, May 8, 2014

Andrew Vietze

The former managing editor of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, Andrew Vietze is the bestselling author of eight books, including the critically acclaimed Boon Island: A True Story of Mutiny, Shipwreck, and Cannibalism (Globe Pequot, 2012) and Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America's 26th President (Down East, 2010).

Boon Island won a gold medal at the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards, was a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist in 2012, and is the subject of an episode of the Travel Channel's “Monumental Mysteries” series airing this summer. Actors will potray Captain John Deane and the crew of the doomed Nottingham Galley.

Becoming Teddy Roosevelt also won an IPPY, was a Book of the Year Finalist in 2010, and was the inspiration for Coastal Maine Botanical Garden's new program for middle schoolers, the Lunder New Naturalists. The book was formally honored by decree of the Maine State Legislature in 2010, hailed as “symbolic of the spirit and unique character of Maine.”

Vietze got his start at the Maine Times in the early 1990s, and, in addition to his books, he's written for a wide array of publications, including the New York Times's LifeWire, Weather.com's Forecast Earth, Crawdaddy, Time Out New York, Explore, Big Sky Journal, AMC Outdoors, Popmatters.com, and American Songwriter.

A Registered Maine Guide, Vietze splits his time between an old farmhouse in Appleton, Maine, and a cabin in the woods of Baxter State Park, where he works as a seasonal ranger.

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