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Celebrating Maine’s Bicentennial: Deer Isle, Maine Has Inspired So Many Books and Films

It’s Maine’s Bicentennial, so why not celebrate by checking out some books and films with Maine threads. Here is a sampler list, just a list, as I don’t want to give it all away and spoil it for you, of books and films that were inspired by places in or near Deer Isle, Maine. Some were filmed here in Maine, and some of the authors have deep roots here. Some of it extends farther through The Pine Tree State, too. Consider some of these titles in advance of your stay at Pilgrim’s Inn, or enjoy some of the books in our own, cozy library. Please feel free to comment if you have read or watched some of these, in the comments below. Please feel free to add any that I have not included. There are so MANY local authors and filmmakers, which is a wonderful thing.

Children’s Books

  • Blueberries For Sal, Robert McCloskey
  • One Morning in Maine, Robert McCloskey
  • Burt Dow, Deep Water Man, Robert McCloskey
  • Happy Birthday, Maine!, Lynne Plourde
  • The Summer Visitors, Karel Hayes
  • Charlotte’s Web, EB White
  • The Circus Ship, Chris Van Dusen

Adult Books

  • Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck
  • Bar Harbor Babylon: Murder, Misfortune and Scandal on Mount Desert Island, Dan and Leslie Landrigan (Deer Isle residents)
  • What’s Brewing In New England: A Guide to Brewpubs and Craft Breweries, Kate Cone
  • In Deer Isle, Maine: The 16th Maine Volunteer Regiment at War and At Home, Peter Scott
  • The Lobster Chronicles, Linda Greenlaw
  • Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews: Humble Heroes From A Downeast Island, Mark Gabrielson
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over, Linda Holmes
  • Anything by Stephen King


  • The Civil War by Ken Burns
  • The Man Without A Face
  • Blow The Man Down
  • Anything by Stephen King (Insider Tip: If you are a a fan, take a Bangor side trip with SK Tours

Here is a fabulous Maine film resource published by Maine Magazine: https://www.themainemag.com/features/the-ultimate-maine-movie-guide/

Whether you catch up in advance, or bring a book from the list with you to enjoy in a lawn chair in our back lawn, we hope you enjoy reading and watching Maine as much as we do!




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