Linda Greenlaw, America's only female swordfish-boat captain, will discuss and sign her latest memoir, “Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother,” Sunday, July 14, at 3 p.m. at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St. in Belfast; and Tuesday, July 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Owl and Turtle Bookshop, 33 Bay View St. in Camden. For more information, or to reserve copies, call Left Bank Books at 338-9009 or the Owl and Turtle at 230-7335.

Known as a lobster and sword fisherman as well as a bestselling author, Greenlaw survived "the perfect storm" in the Atlantic Ocean and lived to tell the tale. But when faced with the prospect of raising a deeply troubled teenager as a single parent at age 40-plus, Greenlaw found herself in more turbulent waters than she could have ever imagined. Her memoir is a straightforward and very honest account of the challenges she faced in becoming the legal guardian of a troubled teenager and in balancing unexpected motherhood with her reclusive lifestyle on the island of Isle au Haut.

Living on the small island — year-round population: 40 — gives Greenlaw an unrivaled sense of isolation during the winter months while simultaneously providing an unparalleled sense of community, particularly in the summer. It is this community that brings Greenlaw and the adolescent Mariah together, each regarding the other warily at the beginning of their relationship. When the 15-year-old flees her uncle’s house one night, it becomes apparent she has been the victim of profound abuse for many years. Used to solitude and independence, Greenlaw frequently finds herself at a loss when trying to play the role of parent and mother, one she never imagined or planned on playing.

Greenlaw was featured in the book and film “The Perfect Storm,” as well as in the Discovery Channel’s "Swords: Life on the Line." She is the author of three New York Times bestselling nonfiction books, along with two mysteries and a cookbook she co-authored with her mother. She currently is consulting on a fisheries development program in Kenya, where she is helping to design boats and train Kenyans on how to use modern gear and sustainable methods.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or