Susan St. John will visit the Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St./Route 1, Saturday, March 9, at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Friends of the Waldoboro Public Library Speaker Series. She will be discussing her recently published book, “To Sail Beyond the Sunset.”

St. John’s book tells of the creation, starting in 1964, of the only Outward Bound sea school in the United States, on Hurricane Island, 10 miles off the coast in Penobscot Bay, and is full of photographs.

A HIOBS instructor herself for 30 years, St. John took nine years to gather the 400-color photographs included in the book and the stories of 100 staff members. The stories, about the creation of experiential education on an island and in “those funny little boats” — include carrier pigeons and a non-fatal strike by lightning. All the stories are liberally doused with a sense of service, salt water and the smell of spruce on Hurricane and in the magnificent archipelago of Midcoast Maine.

The book begins with short histories of Outward Bound, started in Britain in the early 1940s, and of the quarrying years on Hurricane Island, circa 1900. The epilogue includes HIOBS’ success after its move to Wheeler Bay in St. George in the first decade of this century and the creation of the Center for Science and Leadership, which now runs programs on Hurricane Island.

The book will be available for purchase and signing ($40 plus tax). The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 832-4484.

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