Jim Baumer is a Maine-based writer who cares about people and the places that define them. A regional writer with a passion for his home state, Baumer’s first book, When Towns Had Teams, has become the definitive book about the kind of baseball that was the heart and soul of small town life in the state just after WWII, and for the next three decades, before disappearing. The book provides a snapshot of a place and time that has all but faded from view.
In 2004, he began RiverVision Press, a small press committed to publishing books about Maine and the unique qualities that characterize the state. When Towns Had Teams was RiverVision’s first release and the book was awarded an IPPY by Independent Publisher as their top nonfiction title for the Northeast in 2006. Since then, he has published two books about Moxie—the popular Moxietown (2008), which is now out of print after selling-out two press runs. Then, in 2012, Down East Books, a venerable Maine publisher known for their books about Maine and New England’s unique qualities released Moxie: Maine in a Bottle, which took the subject of Moxie to the next level, widening the reach of Baumer’s knowledge about the iconic New England soft drink that was invented in 1884, and introducing him to a wider audience of Moxie fans.
His latest book, The Perfect Number: Essays & Stories Vol. 1 (2014), makes it four books in nine years—a respectable output for a writer that also writes for a variety of regional and national publications as a freelance writer.
In addition to his books and running RiverVision Press, Baumer offers a variety of services related to writing, helping others tell their stories—whether its a nonprofit looking to highlight their work in the community, or a business in need of targeted content for their website, newsletter, or blog.
For more information about his books, writing/publishing services, or to book him to speak to your group, you can contact him at jim(dot)baumer(at)gmail(dot)com.