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Dean Lunt, founder and editor-in-chief of the Yarmouth-based Islandport Press, which published “Maine Trivia,” plans to talk about the book as the Kennebec Historical Society’s featured speaker for January.

The program can be watched on Facebook live at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. Islandport Press can be found online at

According to a news release from Scott Wood, the society’s executive director, a typical moose lives 15 to 25 years, one learns while reading “Maine Trivia.” The book itself, meanwhile, is 10 years old and counting; and the appearance of a second edition this fall by the late John McDonald and Lunt suggests that it will be around a lot longer than the average moose.

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“Maine Trivia” features such categories as history, politics, wildlife, sports, arts and geography. It goes beyond mere questions and answers, providing additional details on some of the most important events, inventions, and people of the state’s history — as well as generous helpings of cheeky humor.

A former newspaper reporter and eighth-generation Frenchboro native, Lunt established Islandport Press in 2000. A resident of Yarmouth, he also is the author of “Hauling by Hand: The Life and Times of a Maine Island,” about Long Island, the location of Frenchboro; “Here for Generations: A Story of a Maine Bank and Its City,” about Bangor Savings Bank; and “Speakin’ Maine: A Wicked Good Guide to Understanding the Language.”

McDonald, Lunt’s co-author and the sole author of the first edition of “Maine Trivia,” was a Maine storyteller who has performed for audiences across New England. A Rhode Island native who spent summers at Tenants Harbor, he has written four books, including “A Moose and a Lobster Walk into a Bar.”

The program also will be archived on the society’s Facebook page for those who want to watch it later. For more information, call Wood at 207-622-7718.


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