Laura Freudig will visit the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Oct. 4. PHOTO COURTESY OF LAURA FREUDIG

Bernard author Freudig’s ‘Halfway Wild’ to debut



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Author Laura Freudig will celebrate the release of her book “Halfway Wild” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 5:30-7 p.m. The evening will include a reading, question-and-answer session, book sales and signing, family-friendly games and activities, and light refreshments.

"Halfway Wild," written by Laura Freudig and illustrated by Kevin M. Barry. IMAGE COURTESY OF LAURA FREUDIG

“Halfway Wild,” written by Laura Freudig and illustrated by Kevin M. Barry. IMAGE COURTESY OF LAURA FREUDIG

Freudig explored the connections between people and the animals around and within them in “Halfway Wild,” a poetic and playful picture book that investigates feelings, emotions and imaginations. It follows one family through the course of a day as they march through meadows like ants, dive to the depths like seals, play hide and seek like fireflies and chatter like raccoons until at last, “… when the house is still and all we can hear are the soft, slow breaths of the ones we love, we’re a family of bears.”

Kirkus Reviews said the book is “good both for classroom explorations of metaphors and for inspiring imaginative play.”

Freudig has written more than two dozen short essays as well as two books. Her work has been published in The Bar Harbor Times and The Haverhill Gazette, and she has worked at AMC Outdoors and Windswept House Publishers.

She lives in Bernard on a piece of property that has been in her family for generations, along with her husband, six children, two ducks, 15 chickens, one dog, and one really wild cat. When she’s not spending time with her children, she enjoys playing the piano and the flute, hiking, drinking strong coffee and writing.

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