Friday, November 18, 2011

Pulitzer-Prize Winner at New Haven Public Library Dec. 8

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed in a release. It is largely unedited here and posted as a public service.

A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm

Pulitzer Prize winning-writer Barbara Walsh will speak at 6 p.m. Dec. 8

 at New Haven Free  Public  Library, 133 Elm St.

The event is free. Following the talk, she will sign both "August Gale" and her children's book, "Sammy in the Sky," which is illustrated by painter Jamie Wyeth. Books will be for sale at the talk.

In "August Gale," Walsh—who has interviewed killers, bad cops, and crooked politicians in the course of her career — takes readers 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 Marystown 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. Contact the library for more information: (203) 946-8835.

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