DOVER >> Megan Price, author of "Vermont Wild, Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens," will share secrets behind her best-selling wacky, true game warden series at Dover Library's Annual Dessert Social Fundraiser, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Dover Town Hall. The event marks the 25th anniversary of this popular event.
Price's best-selling Vermont books are populated by zany warden encounters with ravenous bears, charging moose, hard-headed hunting dogs and countless wily poachers. Each book is a collection of short stories told by former conservation officers who patrolled the Green Mountains enforcing the law and protecting wildlife. Their adventures are occasionally harrowing but always have a humorous vein. The wardens must outwit fearsome critters and clever poachers to do their job.
Price has been termed a "folklore artist" for her ability to ferret out woodsmen with great adventures and then write their stories in a way that make them entertaining reading for all ages. There's no bad language or gratuitous violence in the stories and the books are used in schools by teachers and taken to hunting camp.
"Everyone loves a good story and if the Green Mountains could talk, these are some of the stories they'd tell," said Price. "The public's appetite for Vermont Wild is really a tribute to these men and their hard work. Ages 9 to 99 read and enjoy these books."
A former award-winning journalist and three-term state legislator, Price began putting game warden stories on paper when retired game warden and friend Eric Nuse of Johnson suggested the two collaborate in capturing the humorous highlights of his 32-year career. With the help of caricaturist Bob Lutz, of Fairfax, also a retired game warden, "Vermont Wild, Volume One," immediately became a runaway best seller at many Green Mountain bookstores and gift shops.
When fans clamored for more stories, Price invited other retired wardens to share their zany woods adventures. The result has been three more Vermont Wild volumes and a fifth book, "Maine Wild, Volume One."
Late warden, Wayne Rowell, of Wilmington contributed several stories and enjoyed signing books for fans at Bartleby's Books in the same town.