Elizabeth Garber as a daring young woman. Courtesy of Elizabeth Garber

LINCOLNVILLE — Elizabeth Garber will give an illustrated talk on her book “Sailing at the Edge of Disaster: A Memoir of a Young Woman’s Daring Year” Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at Lincolnville Community Library, 208 Main St.

Garber will tell how her domineering father sent his “problem children” — 17-year-old Elizabeth and her 14-year-old brother Woodie — to a school on a sailing ship in 1971 so they could “shape up and learn to work.” As they scoured the decks, learned to splice ratlines and climbed the rigging, they also survived an act of piracy, a near-sinking and being held hostage by armed gun boats. The book chronicles a transformative year in the throes of late adolescence that leads to courage, grace and a reclamation of selfhood.

Garber is also the author of “Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter.” She has published three books of poetry and her poems have been included in several journals and anthologies.

The library requests attendees wear face masks. For more information, call 706-3896 or email questions@lincolnvillelibrary.org.