Midcoast writer Jim Nichols will sign copies of “Hull Creek,” his first novel, Saturday, July 23 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Owl & Turtle Bookshop, 32 Washington St. in the Knox Mill complex.

Following the death of his parents, Troy Hull left college to take on his family’s traditional lobster-fishing life. But after a few good years, he finds himself threatened with the loss of that life, a result of some bad choices and the changing nature of his hometown. Troy’s best friend, also a lobster fisherman, has found his own way to deal with a similar situation by smuggling weed, and now Troy must decide whether to follow his pal’s outlaw path to solvency or let the straight-and-narrow take him from his beloved home forever. Throw in a run-away wife, a wicked city woman, a big-shot TV host and crew getting tossed into the chilly harbor and a drug deal gone bad and “Hull Creek,” published by Down East Books, offers a timely and rowdy story of the Maine coast.

Nichols has published work in numerous venues including Esquire, elimae, Night Train, Narrative, Portland Monthly, Zoetrope ASE, Clackamas, River City, American Fiction and paris transcontinental. He has won the Willamette Prize for Fiction; his collection “Slow Monkeys and Other Stories” was published by Carnegie Mellon Press in 2002.

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