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UMF Visiting Writers Series features Douglas Whynott, award-winning nonfiction author, March 19

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FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington is featuring Douglas Whynott, award-winning nonfiction author, as the next reader in its notable Visiting Writers Series. The reading, sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

A narrative and documentary nonfiction writer, Whynott has explored the topics of commercial beekeeping, Cape Cod's tuna fishery, boatmaking and a small town veterinary practice, among others.

'The Sugar Season,' his 2014 book about the inner workings of the maple syrup industry and its vulnerability to climate change, won the 2014 GreenBook Festival Award for writing about the changing environment and was selected as one of the best books of 2014 by the Boston Globe.

His other books include: 'Following the Bloom,' 'Giant Bluefin,' 'A Unit of Time' and 'A Country Practice.'

Whynott is a Fulbright scholar in the U.S. Studies Center at the Universidad Nacional in Bogota, Colombia, where he taught nonfiction writing and literature. Whynott's articles have appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Outside, Discover, Yankee and Writer's Chronicle.

He has taught writing and literature at the University of Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University, and currently teaches at Emerson College.

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