Finding your Inner Moose

Mar 06, 2014
Susan Poulin channels Maine character Ida LeClair.

Stockton Springs — Maine-based writer and performer Susan Poulin 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,” Wednesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Stockton Springs Community Library, 6 Station St. Snow date is Wednesday, March 26.

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, but 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. She 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.

In the book, readers will find sections such as What Did I Do Wrong to Deserve this Turkey Gobbler Neck?; How Many Points in Cabbage Soup?; Feng Shui-ing the Double Wide; Slaying Energy Vampires; and Spousal Deafness. Ida just loves giving advice to people, whether they ask for it or not.

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 such as “Bert and I” and Tim Sample. Poulin has produced five stage shows featuring Ida, the latest being “I Married an Alien.” Her weekly “Just Ask Ida” humor blog and podcast is appears on the Islandport Press website,

The event is free, all are welcome and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

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

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