ROCKLAND — Author Barbara Walsh will speak about her new children’s book, “The Lobster Lady: Maine’s 102-year-old Legend,” Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. during a Rockland Historical Society event in the Rockland Public Library’s community room, 80 Union St.

The real Lobster Lady, Virginia Oliver, and her son Max will also be present and will gather in the historical society museum after the program for cookies and lemonade and to sign copies of the book with the author.

In 2019, Rockland Historical Society board member Wayne Gray and filmmaker Dale Schierholt produced a film about the lobstering life of Virginia Oliver to show at the Rockland Historical Society on her 100th birthday in June 2020. But the pandemic made that impossible, so the historical society shared the film on public access TV.

Media from 207, WCSH TV and Channel 6 saw the film and produced a feature story about Oliver. The story was picked up by national news organizations, such as NBC and USA Today.

“The Rockland Historical Society is proud to be sharing the exciting history of Rockland with the world,” said Brian Harden, president of the historical society.

Walsh is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who has worked for newspapers in Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Ireland. She wrote the biography “August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm” and has written five children’s books, including “Sammy in the Sky,” illustrated by Jamie Wyeth; “The Goose Lady;” “The Deer Man;” “Rhoda’s Rescue” and now “The Lobster Lady,” about Rockland’s famous Virginia Oliver, who is still lobstering at 102 years old.

Walsh enjoys writing books about special Maine people. When she watched the historical society’s film along with News Center Maine’s 207 piece, Walsh immediately thought, “Ginny’s story would be a wonderful book.”

“Ginny is one of Maine’s treasures,” Walsh said. “Her story inspires people of all ages.”

Copies of “The Lobster Lady” along with Walsh’s other four books will be available for purchase. Walsh will also briefly talk about “August Gale,” a true story about her Irish-Newfoundland sea-faring ancestors caught out in a 1935 storm, and she will discuss why artist Jamie Wyeth agreed to illustrate “Sammy in the Sky,” a story of love and loss.

Walsh will also be signing copies of “The Lobster Lady” at Sherman’s book shop, 47 Maverick St., earlier in the day from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

“The Lobster Lady” book is available at the historical society, Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop and

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Author Barbara Walsh and her children’s book subject, Lobster Lady Virginia Oliver.