ROCKLAND — The Rockland Historical Society and the Rockland Public Library will co-sponsor a program by author Barbara Walsh about her new children’s book, “The Lobster Lady,” on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m., in the Rockland Public Library Community Room. The real Lobster Lady, Virginia Oliver, and her son, Max, will be present and will join us in the historical society museum, after the program, for cookies and lemonade and to sign copies of the book with the author.

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 “The Lobster Lady,” about Rockland’s famous Virginia Oliver who is still lobstering at 102 years old.

In 2019, Rockland Historical Society Board Member Wayne Gray and film maker 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 of 2020. But the pandemic made that impossible, so the historical society shared the film on Public Access TV, Channel 7. Folks from 207, WCSH TV, Channel 6; saw the film and produced a feature story about Mrs. Oliver. The story was picked up by Maine PBS, NPR, NBC News, CBS Sunday Morning, The Boston Globe, Down East Magazine, the Associated Press, AFP International Wire Service, the German News Service, an Athens TV Station, and National Geographic Magazine. NBC news will be back to film the Lobster Lady riding in the Lobster Festival Parade this year.