YORK – Neil Rolde, author and statesman has written a work of fiction focused on his experiences titled: “Real Political Tales: Short Stories by a Veteran Politician,” (Maine’s Polar Bear & Company Publishing). Rolde has lived a life of political service as well as having a scholarly career researching and writing about the history of Maine politics, some of its celebrated politicians, the state’s varied regions, and Maine Indian Tribes. Rolde has a keen sense of Maine as state and a people. Rolde’s current book is his second work of fiction. His candid style may surprise readers, but his tales promise to transport the reader into the working lives of lawmakers, perhaps leading to greater understanding and respect for those in public office.
“The short stories are fictional, to be sure, but they incorporate almost a quarter of a century working directly in State government and even more years involved in the politics of Maine. They bear out my extensive experience of the political scene from the inside, not as expressed by opinionated media nor by the average person seeing things from outside,” said Rolde.
The York Public Library will host an evening with author Neil Rolde, a York resident, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. He’ll discuss his most recent book and he will be available after his presentation for question and answers and book signing. His book will available for purchase at the event.
Rolde’s many years of public service include being an assistant to Governor Kenneth M. Curtis of Maine for six years and then 16 years as an elected Representative in the Maine Legislature. He represented his district of York, Maine and became Majority Leader of the Maine House during the 107th legislature from 1975-77. He became the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in 1990 in an election bid against Bill Cohen. Rolde has won awards for his books from the Maine Historical Society, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and the Maine Humanities Council. “Real Political Tales: Short Stories by a Veteran Politician” is his second fictional work.
The York Public Library is located at 15 Long Sands Road in York.