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Caleb Mason

I publish literary fiction on ebooks.

Job Founder and Publisher / Publerati

Lives In East End

An entrepreneur at heart, Caleb has been part of teams that have launched a start-up book publisher, new digital photography services, and award-winning software and consumer electronics' products. Caleb began as a bookseller before working at Little, Brown in both marketing and editorial capacities. He left to join the start-up Salem House Publishers, where he acquired and edited many titles and sold rights to the major book clubs. Caleb's book The Isles of Shoals Remembered was published in 1992 and he also contributed to BOOM, a marketing book. 

Why did you choose Portland? Portland offers a diverse arts' environment better than most small American cities, with a symphony, several arts and theatre organizations, and free-thinking people. Plus it is amazingly beautiful with more space than southern New England.

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? Scott Nash, the children's book illustrator, because he is so talented. Bob Keyes, because he writes so well about the local art's scene. Aimee Petrin, the Exec Director of Portland Ovations, because she brings great new musical performers to Portland. And all the great people at the Portland Convention and Visitor's Bureau who help bring so many first-time visitors to Portland through events such as Harvest on the Harbor.

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? My favorite thing to do is on a summer day take them swimming in the morning to a lake such as Kezar or Range Pond and then drive to the coast (maybe Belfast, maybe Portland) and have lobster overlooking the ocean, either at Young's Lobster Pound in Belfast or at Harbor Fish, Portland Lobster Company, Two Lights, and many others. Or maybe have dinner out on a Casco Bay island. To spend the same day at a lake and then on the coast and end up in your own bed at night, that's heaven.

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? My roof deck overlooking the city from atop Munjoy Hill.

What's the most surprising thing about this city? How urbane we are. How many twenty-and-thirty somethings are coming back to Portland after college despite what some politicians like you to believe. And bringing their spouses from away.

What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? Coffee and ice cream. Everywhere in Portland there is great ice cream, gelato, and coffee.

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? Possibly the classical and jazz rising stars Portland Ovations brings to Hannaford Hall that more people should attend. These are world-class pianists, trios, quartets and others who help add so much to our local culture. (Full disclosure, I have been on their Board.)

Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. Swordfish or salmon from Harbor Fish on the grill on my roofdeck with my family, then gelato in Portland, going to the Nickelodeon for an in-town movie or the Portland Museum foreign flicks, in bed by ten, wake up for sunrise walk on Eastern Prom with no hangover because I only drank Italian sodas from Miccucis.

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? I don't get out much but have found the CVB member mixers to be a great way to meet new people and have a fun time. I attended the one last July on the new roofdeck patio of the Regency. What amazing unexpected views from up there. RiRa's is always fun too, in a traditional pub way.

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