Author Presentation — Granite State College, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Author Presentation — Granite State College, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson, Maine in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. Almost 130 years later, we still don’t. A world traveler who spoke six languages fluently, Whyte came to town with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to keep to himself. It was clear that Whyte was hiding from something – enough to make even the FBI eventually come looking (twice!). But even the Feds couldn’t imagine how Whyte, who lost every penny he had when WWI broke out, amassed another fortune before he died.

Based on the true story, Hermit follows one man’s quest to discover all he can about Whyte’s secret life before it was too late. Jeffrey Ryan will discuss how he researched the story of Jim Whyte and how he went about creating his enormously popular coming of age tale that evokes 20th century imagery of the Maine woods and rural life as it then existed.

Copies of “Hermit” will be available for purchase at the event.

NOTE: This class is being presented through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a member-driven volunteer based educational program for lifelong learners age 50+ who are eager to explore ideas and interests in a safe and relaxed environment, with a community of peers.

The class requires registration and is $20 for OLLI members. For more information, please visit

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