Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will host an author talk, book signing and the book launch of Eva Murray’s “Well Out to Sea: Year-Round On Matinicus Island” Saturday, July 17 at 1 p.m. in the Friends Community Room.

Murray’s book explores what it is like to live on an island 22 miles out to sea where there are only three dozen winter residents; the local economy is lobstering; the most reliable source of transportation off the island may be a small Cessna and the airstrip is dirt (or snow or mud); and, if the forecaster says the storm is “headed safely out to sea,” you know it is coming your way.?

Murray moved to Matinicus in 1987 to teach in its one-room school. She married an island man and stayed to raise their family there. Over the years, she has written a number of lively columns and articles for mainland publications. These are the stories of a unique community, of an interdependence that is all too rare these days but necessary for this island’s survival. Murray writes with a keen eye and sharp wit, sharing stories that are sometimes poignant, sometimes mind-boggling and often hilarious. She lives in a place where, “You love it, absolutely love it here, 51 percent of the time. That is enough to make you stay.”

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to