On Friday, August 17 the Portland Museum of Art will present a discussion among Maine children’s book author Lynne Plourde, illustrator Ben Bishop, and Donn Fendler about their collaboration for the graphic novel Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Maine Wilderness. The program, with a book signing to follow, will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Museum and is free to the public. The book is available for sale in the Museum Store.
Donn Fendler’s story of survival and rescue in the Maine wilderness was made famous by in the best-selling book Lost on a Mountain in Maine. In Lost Trails, more than 70 years later, Down East Books has published this re-telling of the harrowing story of his nine-day adventure as 12-year-old boyscout, lost and alone, after being separated from his family and friends during a sudden storm on top of Maine’s mile-high Mount Katahdin. Masterful, comic-book style illustrations give new life to Fendler’s encounters with bugs, bears, deer, and the mythical protector of Mt. Katahdin, “Pamola,” as he struggles to stay alive.