Norway resident to give talk about illustrated travel journals June 22

Illustrated travel journals by Steve Florenz of Norway are on display through June at Norway Public Library. Submitted photo

Norway Memorial Library is exhibiting “Travel Traffic Graphics,” featuring illustrated travel journals by Steve Florenz of Norway.

Florenz plans to talk about the process of creating these journals from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the 258 Main St. library.

Florenz has recorded the details of his travels in a dozen journals. The books note times, locations, distances, events and costs.

The designs attempt to incorporate information in a format inspired by each trip. A Thanksgiving trip to Pennsylvania occurring at the same time as a NASA voyage to the moon is imagined as a sort of interplanetary travel. Bicycle chains, souvenirs, icicles, nutrition labels, subdivision plans, folded napkins, hamburgers and mixed drinks merge into diagrams, according to a news release from Alana DePerte at the library.

Florenz begins his travel sketches with hard pencil, traces them in permanent ink, hand draws circles and letters, makes erasures as needed, and then colors them through a scanner.

View this display whenever the library is open through June. For more information, call the library at 207-743-5309, ext. 1 or visit



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