Author introduces the ‘Wright Sister’

Apr 21, 2017
Katharine Wright (circa 1896)

Owls Head — Owls Head Transportation Museum presents its final Winter Education Series program of the season Saturday, April 29, with a 1 p.m. author presentation on Katharine Wright, the independent and worldly sister of the famous Wright Brothers.

Harry Haskell will preview his new novel “Maiden Flight,” the true-life story of the “Wright Sister” Katharine, who left her world-famous brothers to marry the man she loved — the author’s grandfather and namesake. Drawing on intimate family letters, this engrossing book crosses the boundaries of fact and fiction to shed new light on an exceptional woman’s struggle for independence and fulfillment.

In allowing Katharine to step outside of Wilbur and Orville’s shadow, Haskell sheds new light on the central role she played in their private lives, as well as on her often misunderstood contribution to their scientific work. Above all, “Maiden Flight” celebrates Katharine’s abundant store of what she called “human nature” — her lively and perceptive outlook on life, her great capacity for both love and indignation and her acute and sometimes crippling self-awareness.

A former acquiring editor for Yale University Press and classical music critic for the Kansas City Star, Haskell is the grandson of the Star’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editor, Henry J. (Harry) Haskell. His previous books include “Boss-Busters and Sin Hounds: Kansas City and Its Star” and “The Early Music Revival: A History.” He lives in Guilford, Conn.

All Owls Head Transportation Museum Winter Education Series programs are free to the public, with a suggested donation of $10. Visitors who wish to view the museum before or after attending the program will be charged standard museum admission of $14, $10 for those older than 65. For more information, contact Curator and Education Director Ethan Yankura at The museum is located two miles south of Rockland off Route 73.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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