Jon Keller, a writer who worked on a lobster boat in Maine, will speak about his book “Of Sea and Cloud” at the Northeast Harbor Library on June 10. PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHEAST HARBOR LIBRARY

Keller to talk about ‘Of Sea and Cloud’

MOUNT DESERT — Jon Keller, author of “Of Sea and Cloud,” will be at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m.

Keller’s highly acclaimed debut novel was inspired by years of experience working in the secluded lobstering culture of rural Maine. Keller received a master’s degree in fiction from Boise State and worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Montana before driving to remote Maine to find a job on a lobster boat. After four months of searching for a position on a boat, he met a captain willing to take a chance on an outsider. He worked for that captain for years.

During this time, he wrote numerous research-based articles concerning the economics and politics of commercial fisheries for a monthly paper. After each day aboard the boat, he took copious notes on the people and dialect that amazed him. His gritty, atmospheric novel evolved from these notes.

Keller now lives year-round on a sailboat on the coast of Maine and typically returns to the Montana backcountry to guide each fall. Between the mountains and the sea, he’s made a lifestyle out of working in and writing about traditional labors and the disappearing cultures that surround those labors.

He currently tours regionally, speaking about his book and about commercial fisheries, as well as discussing his views on writing literature, specifically the use of plot in fiction. And, of course, he enjoys talking about the life of a writer living aboard a sailboat.

This talk is free and everyone is welcome. Call 276-3333.

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