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By Betty Vanderwielen

John Maclean draws record crowd


September 9, 2021

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Author John Maclean signing a copy of "Home Waters" for one of the audience members at Open Book Club's "Seeley Celebrations: John Maclean."

SEELEY LAKE – The rows of chairs set up in the Double Arrow Homestead Pavilion quickly filled with people. An overflow crowd clustered around the sides of the pavilion in chairs they brought from home. Another group set their home-brought chairs in the shade of a line of trees. They had no real hope of seeing the guest author but trusted the large loudspeakers would at least carry his words to them.

Who was the man able to draw this crowd of more than 180 people? On Sept. 5, under the auspices of Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club, John Norman Maclean, former newspaper reporter and author of...

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