Appledore Books Newsletter
May 2010
"Five Million Steps" Headlines
Interview of 2000-milers
Featured in The Wire Weekly

Matt Kanner of the The Wire weekly pointed out the central fact of what Julia Older and Steve Sherman faced for their 2,000-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail—they had to take 5,000,000 steps on their backpack trip through the 14 states.

Kanner's detailed interview April 21 featured their memoir Appalachian Odyssey; Walking the Trail from Georgia to Maine, selected by the Authors Guild for its 2009 back-in-print series.

A third edition of the popular book, Kanner wrote, "came out last year, garnering the Honorable Mention in the category of Outdoor Classic from the 2009 National Outdoor Book Awards—an award that has been bestowed on such treasured works as Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac and a reprint of Henry David Thoreau's Walden."

During their five months of backpacking the ridgelines of the Appalachian Mountain Range, Kanner writes, "the pair became well acquainted with the merciless forces of nature."

They faced 18-degree cold in Georgia, 95-degree heat in New Hampshire, floods in rhododendron thickets in Virginia, trail-enshrouding fog in Tennessee, a sleepy rattlesnake in South Carolina, foxes and vultures, ornery raccoons, nerve-wracking whippoorwills.

Copies of Appalachian Odyssey, signed on request, are available directly from

Kennebunk Book Port Closes
Rich Chasse, congenial owner of Kennebunk Book Port in Kennebunk, Maine, closed his beloved bookshop May 15, 2010. Two years ago he moved his store from Dock Square in the heart of Kennebunkport. Here in the original historic location, the store occupied the second floor and deck of the building constructed the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. Scenes for the movie "Empire Falls" with Paul Newman were filmed here. U.S. Presidents shopped here. But, most notably, here was where customers returned again and again to one of the coziest, archetypical, all-around literary stores anywhere. Rich treated his customers well. He gave them good times and conversation. At book signings, he'd introduce us to everyone who came in. "Have you read this? Have you read that?" Or, "Sure. I can special order it and have it for you tomorrow!" Rich was friend and supporter of writers galore. He'd sell our books before, during and after every one of our signing events. Rich Chasse could sell a book on T.S. Eliot to any cat on the block. We are part of the multitude who will miss him and his Kennebunk Book Port.

Book Scene: Sales Up
Retail sales in bookstores this past March rose 1.6 percent compared with March 2009, according to preliminary figures by the U.S. Bureau of the Census that tracks these commercial figures. The March 2010 sales were estimated at $1,013 million.

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