George Smith fell in love with books at an early age, spending lots of time at Winthrop’s Charles Bailey Library. He has served as a Trustee of the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library in Mount Vernon for 36 years, and has a house full of books (too many says his wife Linda!). For the past five years, George has been writing full time, including George’s Outdoor News on the Bangor Daily News website, cited by the Maine Press Association in 2014 as the state’s best sports blog. He has written an award-winning weekly editorial column published in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel for 26 years, columns for The Maine Sportsman magazine since 1977, and lots of special articles for magazines and the newsletters of various Maine organizations. In January of 2011, George and his wife Linda started writing a travel column, The Travelin’ Mainers, published each Sunday in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. In 2014 Islandport Press in Yarmouth published A Life Lived Outdoors, a book of George’s favorite columns about home, camp, family, faith, travel, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. You can access much of George’s writing on his website: georgesmithmaine.com.
George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.