Franco-American Collection

Find Your Inner Moose with Susan Poulin

Event Date and Time: 
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Room 285, USM Lewiston-Auburn College
Contact Name: 
James Myall
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Franco-American author and performer, Susan Poulin will be reading from, and signing copies of, her new self-help humor book, “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life,” at the Franco-American Collection, on Saturday, October 27th from 1-2pm.

Poulin’s character Ida, is a recently minted "Certified Maine Life Guide." Ida is a lifelong resident of fictional Mahoosuc Mills, an impossible-to-find, but oh-so-familiar town in Western Maine, where she lives in a tidy and tastefully decorated double-wide with high school sweetheart Charlie and adorable dog Scamp. Most importantly, Ida is a daughter, sister, wife, and best friend who draws upon her experiences (as well as those of the noble and majestic moose) to offer practical and hilarious advice on relationships, physical fitness, stress, housecleaning, work, shopping, fun, and more. (If you are looking for impractical, woo-woo advice from a glammed-up, over-educated, fancy-schmancy life coach, just keep looking!)

In her book, readers will find sections such as: What Did I Do Wrong to Deserve this Turkey Gobbler Neck?; How Many Points in Cabbage Soup?; Feng Shui-ing the Double Wide; Slaying Energy Vampires; and Spousal Deafness. This book is 100 percent Ida, who, as her husband Charlie often says, "just loves giving advice to people, whether they ask for it or not!"

Poulin, once selected by Portland Magazine as one of the “Ten Most Intriguing People In Maine,” created the character Ida LeClair in 1997. Poulin has been a leader in bringing a female voice to New England storytelling and humor, a genre historically dominated by men such as “Bert and I” and Tim Sample. Poulin has produced five stage shows featuring Ida: “Ida: Woman Who Runs with the Moose,” “Ida’s Havin’ a Yard Sale,” “A Very Ida Christmas,” “The Moose in Me, the Moose in You,”  and her latest, “I Married an Alien.”

The event will take place in Room 285 of USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, at 51 Westminster Street in Lewiston.  Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.  Copies of Finding Your Inner Moose, published by Islandport Press, will be available to purchase at the event (retail price $16.95).  For more information contact James Myall, Coordinator of the Franco-American Collection at 753-6545 or

Franco-American Collection will be closed on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 26-27) .

The Collection will be closed on Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving) and on Friday, November 27.  It will re-open at 9am on Monday, November 30.

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