CAMDEN — As part of the Camden Public Library’s celebration of both National Poetry Month and Maritime Month in April, the library welcomes writer Nick Stone for a special online event to introduce his new book, “Seaward: A Lyrical Memoir.” The program will be held Thursday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. and will include both true-to-life stories and readings of poetry inspired by the sea. Register to receive a Zoom link to attend by visiting the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org.

Nick Stone

There are heavy doses of salt water in Stone’s memoir of his first 89 years. The ocean is his overall metaphor, but there is so much more, as he takes the reader from infancy through childhood, career, love in many forms, aging, and mortality driven home by a terminal diagnosis.

In a review of the memoir by Richard Blanco, 2013 presidential inaugural poet, Blanco says, “As Jorge Luis Borges noted, poetry should ‘touch us physically, as the presence of the sea does.’ Nick Stone’s heartful and tenderly rendered collection certainly touches us powerfully in this way, embracing us with a life fully lived through all the wonders that poetry awakens in us.”

Stone resides for most of the year on a small island off the coast of Maine where he spent all his childhood summers and established his lifelong relationship with the sea. After graduating from Princeton with honors in English, he served four years as an officer in the U. S. Coast Guard between Boston and Greenland. Three years later he graduated from Harvard Law School and began the practice of law in Boston. He retired in 2006 and began the serious writing of poetry.

Visit librarycamden.org to learn more about this and other Maritime Month programs. Maritime Month is generously supported by Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inn.