"August Gale" with Barbara Walsh

03/15/2012 7:00 pm

Thurs, 3/15, 7pm, Barbara Walsh, August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Into the Storm

An award-winning journalist’s voyage into her family history and her quest to face the storms she encounters there.

A perfect event to lead up to St. Patrick's Day, as Maine author Barbara Walsh shares the story of her Irish ancestors, fishermen off of Newfoundland struggling to survive in a deadly hurricane, and the story of her journey with her father to seek out the story of his absentee father on the island. A story of faith and family, and forgiveness, not to be missed. 

Barbara Walsh, author
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$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780762761463
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Globe Pequot, 10/2011

In August Gale, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Barbara Walsh—who has interviewed killers, bad cops, and crooked politicians in the course of her career—faces the most challenging story of her lifetime: asking her father about his childhood pain. In the process, she takes us on two heartrending odysseys: one into a deadly Newfoundland hurricane and the lives of schooner fishermen who relied on God and the wind to carry them home; the other, into a squall stirred by a man with many secrets: a grandfather who remained a mystery until long after his death.

Sixty-eight years after the hurricane that claimed several of her ancestors, Walsh searches for memories of the August gale and the grandfather who abandoned her dad as a young boy. Together, she and her father journey to Newfoundland to learn about the 1935 storm, and along the way her dad begins to talk about the man he cannot forgive. As she recreates the scenes of the violent hurricane and a small boy’s tender past, she holds onto a hidden desire: to heal her father and redeem the grandfather she has never met.

 


Sammy in the Sky (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763649272
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Candlewick, 8/2011
Sammy in the Sky: A deeply affecting tale of love, loss, and remembrance told in clear-eyed prose by a top journalist and illustrated by a renowned American painter. Sammy, the best hound dog in the whole wide world, loves his girl and she loves him. When illness cuts Sammy’s life short, the girl’s family keeps his spirit alive by celebrating his love of chasing wind-blown bubbles, keeping loyal guard at night, and offering his velvety fur for endless pats and tummy scratches. Painter Jamie Wyeth’s illustrations— infused with his realist style and lifelong fondness for dogs— radiate the joy and sadness of every tongue-licking, tail-wagging moment in this heartening and lovingly rendered story written by Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist Barbara Walsh.

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Dan Szczesny launch party, Jim Hofford poetry, and questions for you. July 8th, 2014
Launch Party! Thursday, July 10, at 7 PM
Join us for the launch party of local author and hiker Dan Szczesny as he presents his newest work, The Nepal Chronicles: Marriage, Mountains and Momos in the Highest Place on Earth.
When travel writer (and local Hippo journalist) Dan Szczesny and his wife, Meenakshi, traveled to Nepal to marry in Kathmandu and trek to Everest Base Camp, they knew the journey would be difficult. What they didn’t realize was how life­changing their time in the land of mountains would be. From the chaos of Kathmandu’s super­charged streets to the tranquil but challenging trails of the Himalayas, his book of the journey, The Nepal Chronicles, is a deeply felt exploration of the culture and history of one of the world’s most complex places, and a meditation on the author’s own personal journey into a new family and relationship unlike any he’s ever experienced.
Dan is also the author of one of last year's bestsellers at Gibson's, The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie.

Friday! July 11, at 7 PM
Local favorite Jim Hofford returns to share his latest volume of verse and memoir, Four Score ... and More
"As a longtime fan, I'm delighted to see this compilation of James Hofford's best work. "Life, she race so fast," he writes and, yet, as poet his job is to slow time, look closely and see. He sees! These poems are sturdy, meticulously built like the best of New England's timeless stone walls. They are love stories, life stories -- some laugh out loud funny (especially the ones for children), some tears down your cheek sad. It's the long lens of "Four Score and More," the full life deeply examined that makes this collection so special. Jim's wife Ellen hears "Music in icy trees." There's music in these poems -- music and magic and sustaining spirituality." -- Rebecca Rule

Informal survey
Well, we've been here for almost a year now! We have some opinions based on experience, but are they based in fact? Let's find out. The subject today is our store hours. If you have a second, please email us with your answers.
  • We're open from 9 AM to 9 PM, every day but Sunday, when we are open 11-6. Did you know that we had such extended hours?
  • What day of the week, and what time of day, are you most likely to visit us?
  • When was the last time you came to the bookstore before 10 AM, or after 7 PM? Which is more important to you, early or late?
  • Are you more likely to combine a trip to Gibson's with other errands downtown, or when you come to see us, is that usually the only thing on your agenda?
  • During the week, once you get home, are you likely to stay there? Does this change depending on whether it's Monday/Tuesday or later in the week, closer to the weekend?
  • Before you come to the bookstore, do you check our website or Facebook page to find out what our hours are?
  • Should we figure out how to use SurveyMonkey instead of asking you to email, or do you relish the opportunity to put your thoughts into writing? ...Perhaps that is a leading question.
Thank you. We're trying to push the envelope with our hours, but we also want to have our best team on the floor when you're likely to visit. Night owls, day trippers, everyone, please tell us your preferences! 

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