WAYNE — The Cary Memorial Library will welcome Bobby Charles at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at 17 Old Winthrop Road. Charles will talk about and sign copies of his newly released book “Eagles and Evergreens: A Rural Maine Childhood.”

Published by North Country Press, his stories take readers to unexpected places, often swirl to unexpected endings. Over four seasons, he describes Maine half a century ago — smelting and rescuing ice houses, moose encounters and indoor ermine, raising mischievous rabbits and conversing with pigs, hunting a legendary “football-sized emerald” and learning from legendary World War II veterans.

From Wayne, Maine’s woods and lakes, Charles found his way to Dartmouth, Oxford and Columbia Law School. From there, he clerked, entered law practice, spent time in two White Houses, conducted oversight for Congress and taught, also serving as a Navy Intelligence Officer, and Assistant Secretary of State to Colin Powell.

Charles observes that “these stories are emblematic of rural life and the influence of the WWII across the country. It will be interesting to many who know Wayne, and who love Maine. Eagles and Evergreens has been endorsed by the Washington Post, retired Maine Sen. George Mitchell, former Secretary of Defense and Maine Sen. William Cohen, Apollo 11 Astronaut and Korean War veteran Buzz Aldrin, Ronald Reagan’s former chief speechwriter Tony Dolan, and the Kennebec Land Trust’s Theresa Kerchner,” according to a news release from the library.

The library is fully accessible and air-conditioned.

For more information, call the library at 685-3612 or visit cary-memorial.lib.me.us.

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