“He’s funny if you’re from Augusta, Maine…he’s just as funny if you’re from Augusta, Georgia.” – Stephen King
Down East Books is proud to announce the January 2014 release of Answers to Questions Nobody was Askin’ (Down East/a division of Rowman & Littlefield, 978-1-6089-3-3686, Cloth, $22.95) by Tim Sample.
In this new collection of short essays Maine humor icon Tim Sample shares some of the quirkier aspects of growing up and living in Maine. Along the way he offers readers a behind the scenes glimpse into his long career in the entertainment business. Sample waxes poignant—recalling old friends, pets, and childhood memories—and passes along more than a few hilarious “insider tips” including the proper way to eat a lobster and a few time tested techniques for dealing with folks from away. His wide range of subjects includes things that could happen “Only in Maine,” how his dad invented the SUV, a “magical” luncheon with horror master Stephen King, and the pitfalls of Maine’s fifth season (mud). Born and raised in Maine, Tim shows us the Maine we know and love—warts and all. Part whimsical anecdote, part hard-won wisdom, every story is perfectly seasoned with Sample’s distinctive wry Yankee wit.
Tim Sample was born in Northern Aroostook County and raised on the Maine coast. He has performed throughout North America, recorded five albums for the Bert and I Company and appeared on numerous national TV shows, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Michael Feldman’s hit radio show, Whad’ya Know? From 1993 to 2004, Sample was a regular correspondent for CBS News’ Sunday Morning. In 2013 he received a Maine Press Association First Place Award for his newspaper column “Stories I Never Told You.” Tim’s audio and video recordings and books of Down East humor have sold over a million copies. He currently lives in Portland, and spends as much time as possible at his camp in Washington County Maine.