Chandler returns to United Farmers Market

Jan 08, 2018
At age 53, Laurie Apgar Chandler, right, became the first woman to solo thru-paddle New England’s Northern Forest Canoe Trail. She is pictured explaining her canoe route to a reader at Rockport’s Maine Sport Outfitters during a recent book signing.

Belfast — Laurie Apgar Chandler, author of “Upwards: The story of the first woman to solo thru-paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail,” will sign copies of her adventure memoir Saturday, Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the United Farmers Market of Maine, 18 Spring St.

Chandler is one of a group of local Maine authors who have rented a table at this thriving year-round indoor market. The table features a rotating schedule of one or two local authors per week.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the country’s longest mapped inland paddling trail, stretches from the Adirondacks to northern Maine. Since its founding in 2000, only 95 people have made the official thru-paddler list, going the distance in one expedition.

In “Upwards,” her first book, Chandler weaves the history, wildlife, scenery and people she encountered in making the list in 2015 — a 740-mile expedition that was a stretch for Chandler, whose passion for wilderness paddling blossomed after 40, when she moved to Maine with her two children. Published via Maine Authors Publishing of Thomaston, the book is available at local bookstores, on Amazon and on the author’s website at

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

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