Greenlaw chats

Posted on April 20, 2011 by

I can’t wait to hear what Linda Greenlaw has to say when she visits the Pollard Memorial Library next Thursday – that’s the 28th – to share her life story at the annual benefit for library programs hosted by the library’s friends and foundation.

Chatting with Greenlaw a couple of weeks ago, for a story running on the cover of The Sun’s Steppin’ Out tomorrow – that’s the 21st – was a dream come true for me.

My husband and I are big Greenlaw fans and have all her books on our shelves. We were first introduced to her, as was the rest of the world, in Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm, which sheds light on the infamous 1991 maelstrom along the East Coast that took the lives of all on board the Andrea Gale, sister ship to the Hannah Boden, which Greenlaw skippered.

What’s amazing about her is that she stands no taller than 5-foot 2-inches, yet has gained fame and fortune as the only female swordboat skipper in the U.S.

But thanks to Junger’s praise on that account – he called her “the best captain on the East Coast, period” in his book – Greenlaw was tapped by publishers to tell her story. Eleven years later, she’s become an acclaimed writer and publishing success story with numerous books under her belt and more on the way. That’s all the better for us, her fans.

I particularly like The Lobster Chronicles,  which details her return to Isle au Haut, the family’s Maine island home, and her foray into lobstering after years on the high seas. Like Greenlaw, it’s witty, feisty and a bit salty. She’s also done a fine job on the cookbook Recipes from a Very Small Island, which she co-authored with her equally feisty mom, Martha, a noteworthy cook.

She promises that her talk will be light-hearted and casual, and she’s eager to answer questions. So bring them on.

I’ll be there, six books in hand for her to sign. It’s $40 at the door and includes a reception. It all starts at 6 p.m.

Check out my story in tomorrow’s Sun on the cover of Steppin’ Out for more on Linda Greenlaw.

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