Dover-Foxcroft, ME: Local writer/poet Tom Lyford released Playing with Fire on July 1st, 2011. Described as baby-boomer nostalgia sepia-toned in a dark, bittersweet humor, the book chronicles a baker’s dozen of Mr. Lyford’s childhood misadventures and misdemeanors from ages five to fourteen, roughly between the years 1950 and 1960.
Set entirely in his hometown of Dover-Foxcroft, Tom takes the reader on a virtual walking tour of his childhood hotspots. Accompany him to the off-limits netherworld nestled down behind Center Theatre, and try to identify the ‘body’ found beached in the shallows of the Piscataquis River. Cowboy-up to Lanpher’s Rexall’s soda fountain and see if you’ve got what it takes to down one of the infamous ‘Hot Shots’ on a dare. Go undercover with him to score a little mysterious ‘contraband’ on the Mayo Street School playground, or enlist with him in one of the ‘war games’ being waged down at Merrick Square Market. But whatever you do, keep a sharp eye out for the scores of unleashed dogs running wild in the streets, because they’d just as soon bite you as look at you— especially that one known as Wolf!
Playing with Fire is Tom’s second memoir, the first being Work Aversion Trauma: A Lifetime of Suffering, released in August of 2009.
In addition to these non-fiction works, Lyford has also authored five poetry chapbooks and one full-length collection of original poetry. Playing with Fire is currently available at Dover-Foxcroft’s Mr. Paperback, or may be purchased on-line as a paperback or in kindle-format at www.amazon.com and www.tomlyford.com