Left Bank launches ‘E.B. White on Dogs’

Apr 19, 2013
Martha White

Belfast — Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., will welcome Martha White, granddaughter of legendary Maine author E.B. White, for a book launch party for her newest book, “E.B. White on Dogs,” Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m. The event is free and the public warmly invited; a portion of sales from the event will benefit the Belfast Dog Park.

Just published by Tilbury House, Publishers, “E.B. White on Dogs” is a collection of E.B. White's essays, poems and letters on his life with Man's Best Friend. White divided his time between New York City and a saltwater farm in Brooklin; and is best known for his children's books “Charlotte's Web,” “Stuart Little” and “Trumpet of the Swan.” But he also was a famous columnist for The New Yorker and the author of “One Man's Meat,” a volume of journalistic observations of rural life on the coast of Maine. His granddaughter's newest collection celebrates that tradition, featuring White's wry observations about life with a parade of beloved family dogs and especially illustrating his ability to perceive human traits and motivations within the canine psyche.

“E.B. White on Dogs” includes writings from 1929 to 1984, old favorites as well as lesser-known pieces in which White describes dog shows, sled dog races and the trials and tribulations of city canines. The collection offers White's running commentary on Maine farm life in letters and essays including "Death of a Pig," "Hunting Dogs" and "Fred on Space," a posthumous interview with the ghost of his beloved and cranky dachshund. Martha White also includes previously unpublished photographs of White family dogs of every type and disposition.

An accomplished author in her own right, Martha White was a contributing writer and editor to Yankee Magazine's Old Farmer's Almanac; and her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Down East and many other publications. She also edited the updated “Letters of E.B. White” and “In the Words of E.B. White: Quotations from America's Most Companionable of Writers.”

For more information about the event or to reserve a copy of the book for signing, call Left Bank Books at 338-9009; the shop is open daily.

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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