Finding one’s ‘Inner Moose’

Jun 19, 2013
Susan Poulin

Belfast — Author Susan Poulin, in character as Ida LeClair, will read from and sign copies of her new self-help humor book “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life” (Island Port Press) Tuesday, July 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. This program is free and open to all; bring the whole family and come prepared to laugh.

“Finding Your Inner Moose” is penned by Maine-based writer and performer Poulin, who is the creative force behind the popular stage personality Ida LeClair. Poulin’s character Ida is a recently minted Certified Maine Life Guide. Ida is a lifelong resident of fictional Mahoosuc Mills, an impossible-to-find/oh-so-familiar town in Western Maine, where she lives in a tidy and tastefully decorated double-wide with high school sweetheart Charlie and adorable dog Scamp.

Most importantly, Ida is a daughter, sister, wife and best friend who draws upon her experiences (as well as those of the noble and majestic moose) to offer practical and hilarious advice on relationships, physical fitness, stress, housecleaning, work, shopping, fun and more.

Poulin, once selected by Portland Magazine as one of the Ten Most Intriguing People in Maine, created the character Ida LeClair in 1997. Poulin has been a leader in bringing a female voice to New England storytelling and humor, a genre historically dominated by men, and has produced five stage shows featuring Ida: “Ida: Woman Who Runs with the Moose”; “Ida’s Havin’ a Yard Sale”; “A Very Ida Christmas”; “The Moose in Me, the Moose in You”; and her latest, “I Married an Alien.”

For more information, call 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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