"Rime of the Ancient Underwriter: How I Stowed the Day Job and Went to Sea" with Jim Salmon

10/04/2012 7:00 pm

Thursday October 4th, 2012, 7 p.m.

We all have those days, the days when we think to ourselves: "I wish I could just get away from it all." Jim Salmon, author of Rime of the Ancient Underwriter, did much more than think these words in 2000 when he left his job as an insurance underwriter and embarked on a nineteen-month trip around the world. Rime of the Ancient Underwriter is the personal account of his journey on board the Picton Castle, a three-masted barque sailing out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Jim weathered storms at sea and stormy relations aboard ship, tramped through a steamy Panamanian jungle, climbed the rarified summit of Kilimanjaro, and tracked wildlife on the high plains of East Africa and the Australian Outback. There are pirates and a mutiny, but mostly his account is about people, places, and the human condition as seen through the eyes of a corporate exec turned seafarer. These lively, witty and inclusive stories invite readers to explore their own uncharted waters.

Jim Salmon, whose ancestors were also seafarers, lives in New Hampshire and continues to stay close to the water, spending his summers as a part-time schooner captain.

author Jim Salmon

 

Location: 
Street:
27 S Main St
Additional:
City:
Concord
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Province:
New Hampshire
Postal Code:
03301
Country:
United States

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, 7 PM, join us for a very special book club as New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian leads the Gibson's Book Club discussion of his novel The Sandcastle Girls! Fear not, you need not have read this novel to join in the discussion, or enjoy Chris's presentation on his research in to the Armenian Genocide. Chris will be happy to take questions on all of his novels! All are welcome, newcomers are encouraged.

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A wealth of events for booklovers! April 22, 2014

Chris Bohjalian A rare local appearance by Chris Bohjalian!
Wed., May 7, at 7 PM
When Chris learned that our in-store book group had chosen his novel The Sandcastle Girls for May, he required little convincing to agree to come talk about it. Armenian history is very important to him. You don't have to have read the novel to attend. Come hear Chris talk about this important topic, and about his many other novels as well. Open to all fans of Chris Bohjalian and students of history!
Chris Bohjalian's excellent new novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, will be on our shelves on July 8. Reserve your copy today!

 
Fighting Chance New this week!
Now on our front tables: the paperback edition (finally!) of Gone Girl. The new book by Senator Elizabeth Warren, A Fighting Chance (pictured above). A new literary romp from Christopher Moore, The Serpent of Venice. And many more!
 
Stronger Meet Jeff Bauman!
Jeff will be at the Concord Public Library on Thurs., May 1, at 7 PM, to talk about the 2013 Boston Marathon and the inspirational story of his recovery. We will be there selling copies of his book, Stronger, which he will also sign for you.
Dan Chiasson Mark Your Calendars!
One of  America's most interesting poets and essayists, Dan Chiasson, joins us at the bookstore on Thurs., April 24, at 7 PM, to read and sign his new collection of verse, Bicentennial. Dan's work appears often in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books.


 
Linda Greenlaw Mark Your Calendars!
Linda Greenlaw, the swordfish boat captain who first came to fame in The Perfect Storm, and who has written many fabulous memoirs and novels about life at sea, now faces her greatest battle with nature—a newly adopted teenage daughter. Meet Linda on Monday, April 28, at 7 PM, here in the bookstore.

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