Walsh shares her work at library

Apr 03, 2014
Barbara Walsh

Waldoboro — Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Barbara Walsh will speak about her book “August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm” Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St./Route 220.

In “August Gale,” Walsh takes readers on two heartrending odysseys: one into a deadly Newfoundland hurricane and the lives of schooner fishermen who relied on God and the wind to carry them home; and the other into a squall stirred by a man with many secrets, a grandfather who remained a mystery until long after his death.

Sixty-eight years after the hurricane that claimed several of her ancestors, Walsh searched for memories of the August gale and the grandfather who abandoned her father as a young boy. The book has been compared to “The Perfect Storm.” Walsh also the author of “Sammy in the Sky,” a book illustrated by painter Jamie Wyeth.

Before writing books, Walsh worked for 25 years as a journalist. Her most notable story involved killer Willie Horton Jr. and Massachusetts’ flawed prison furloughs. The story affected the 1988 presidential election and earned a Pulitzer Prize. Copies of her books will be available at the talk, and Walsh will personalize both “August Gale” and “Sammy in the Sky.” For more information, call 832-4484. For more information on Walsh, visit barbarawalsh.net.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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