Francis Marion University geography professor Allan Lockyer has published his second book, "Imagining Maine – Essays and Stories."
"Imagining Maine" is an eclectic mix of essays and stories written over the past decade and a half. Many of the essays are collected from "The Downeast Coastal Press," a weekly newspaper in Cutler, Maine, that Lockyer has written for since 1988.
Since 1973, Lockyer has spent his summers in a rustic camp on Jones Pond in West Gouldsboro, Maine. "I like to tell people that I work in South Carolina, but live in Maine," he said.
"'Imagining Maine' is a memoir about how I became the eccentric and reclusive geographer that I am, living summers the past 30 years in the Maine woods without electricity, telephone, or indoor plumbing," Lockyer said. "It's about the two places I live and work (Maine and South Carolina), and Ireland and Mexico, two other places where I've done field research. The book explores the similarities and differences between Maine and these other places."
The book includes humorous essays such as "Rednecks" and "Falling in Love with Wal-Mart." There are also pieces on Lockyer's experiences as a college professor and his love of long-distance running. The longest essay in the book is about Michoacan, the Mexican state that sends more than half its population to work in the United States, especially Maine and South Carolina.
Lockyer is also the author of "Clamdiggers and Downeast Country Stores: Eastern Maine's Vanishing Culture," which placed sixth on the Maine Writers and Publishers Bestseller List in 1994.
He received a bachelor's degree from Southern Arkansas University, a master's degree from Western Kentucky University, and a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado. He has been a professor at FMU since 1986.
"Imagining Maine" is published by Berry Cove Publishing Co. of Lamoine, Maine. It retails for $14.95 and is 212 pages, including references and black and white photos.
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