(Belfast, ME) Left Bank Books is delighted to welcome Maine author David Van Wie on Friday, June 3 at 5:00 pm to celebrate the release of his new book The Confluence. The book recounts twenty-plus years of friendship among seven lifelong friends, all of whom are graduates of Dartmouth College’s Class of 1979. Van Wie will give a short talk about how this unusual book came about – it is co-authored by all seven men – followed by questions-and-answers and a signing.

The Friendship That Turned Into a Book

Every June, “The Boys,” as the seven men call themselves, gather at a remote cabin at the confluence of the Dead Diamond and Swift Diamond rivers in northern New Hampshire. What started as a single fly-fishing trip has evolved into an annual retreat to the mystical environs of Dartmouth’s Second College Grant, far from the workaday world and vibrant with brotherhood, creativity and reflection.

In a collection of intertwined essays from seven unique voices, the authors reveal how their friendships have grown deeper as their lives flow into middle age, with laughs, tears and insight into the intersection between humanity and the natural world. The reader comes along to experience New England wilderness wonders, stinky outhouses, original watercolors, floods, a wine tasting, a dramatic search and rescue. . .and fly-fishing for native brook trout.

the-confluenceThe main draw for “The Boys” is the precious opportunity to get out into the wilderness, away from phones, email, and modern life. It is also an opportunity for good friends to share their individual passions for life: conversation, cooking, beer, wine, art, politics, music and more. It is a chance to catch up on families, careers, hopes, and dreams before charging back into the outside world until next year’s rendezvous.

About Van Wie

Van Wie lives in New Gloucester (Maine) with his wife Cheryl (an alumna of Dartmouth Class of ’82) where he is an environmental consultant and a columnist for The Maine Sportsman. He also served one term in the Maine House of Representatives. His buddies live in Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Maryland where, in addition to working in various professional capacities, they root for the Yankees, sail, raise bees, read, garden, paint, ski, run, and dream about their next retreat at the Grant.

The Event

The Confluence is a perfect gift not only for Father’s Day, and for anyone who cherishes the outdoors – especially time on the water – and friendship. The public is warmly invited to meet David Van Wie at this free event, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, please call the bookshop at 207-338-9009 or email [email protected]. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

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