Please stop by the Portland location on Sunday, September 29th at 1PM to meet Jeffrey Ryan, author of "Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte." When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson, Maine in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. Almost 130 tears later, we still don’t. A world traveler that spoke six languages fluently, Whyte came to town with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to keep to himself. It was clear that Whyte was hiding from something—enough to make even the FBI eventually come looking. But even the Feds couldn’t imagine how Whyte, who lost every penny he had when WWI broke out, amassed another fortune before he died. Based on the true story, Hermit follows one man’s quest to discover all he can about Whyte’s secret life before it’s too late. Make sure to come by and get a signed copy of this fascinating Maine story!
Jeffrey Ryan was born and raised in Maine. His love of the outdoors was instilled by his parents, who often took him boating along the Maine coast. As an adult, Jeff adopted hiking as his favored mode of exploration. When he isn’t writing, researching, hiking or speaking at various venues, Jeff travels North America in his vintage 1985 VW camper.