SPRUCE HEAD — On Sunday, Aug. 15, at 3 p.m., Maine author Eva Murray will venture ashore from Matinicus to speak at the Spruce Head Community Hall. She’ll talk about stories of life 20 miles offshore.

Murray, who has close ties to South Thomaston and lived on Matinicus for 30 years, was born and raised in New York, but moved to the area in 1981. Since then, she packed sardines, built lobster traps, competed in logging-skills contests, taught elementary school, obtained Search-and-Rescue and Wilderness EMT certification, sold typewriters, earned a bachelor’s degree, served as municipal treasurer for Matinicus Plantation, earned an amateur-radio and pilot’s licenses, and more.

After surviving stresses made by the pandemic, Murray will explain that, “danger and illness aside, wintertime island life on Matinicus is something like 2020 with a scenic view.”

She said, “everybody understands a little better now! Never in this so-called modern era has there been so much bread baking and chicken-keeping and do-it-yourself appliance repair!”

She’s titled her talk, “Myths and Mythbusters.”

Refreshments will be available and, following the talk, Murray will sign copies of her books — “Island Birthday,” “Well Out to Sea,” and “Island Schoolhouse.”

For more information, call 594-5961.