The Maine Coast Book Shop is pleased to announce the third Firehouse Forum in its author series on Thursday, October 9th from 7 to 9pm which takes place in the beautiful Firehouse Center in Damariscotta. The theme for the panel discussion will be Maine Maritime History, featuring three outstanding maritime author historians: Lincoln Paine, George Daughan and James Nelson. Their esteemed moderator is Dr. Warren Riess, maritime historian, author and marine archaeologist. Imminently knowledgeable in their field and generous with their expertise, we are unquestionably lucky to have all four presently residing in Maine. Each of the authors has written compelling and invaluable histories which illustrate Maine's special place in world maritime affairs and which demonstrate how this integral connection to the sea continues to play an important role economically, politically, socially and technologically.
Launched in 2013 to an enthusiastic and full house, the Firehouse Forum was developed as a way to connect readers, writers and anyone interested in theme-based literary programs, in the mid-coast region, while providing authors an opportunity to engage with one another and the audience in conversation about their books and their experience in writing them. The moderator stimulates and encourages dynamic discourse between the authors followed by a lively Q&A with the audience, and books will be available for purchase and book signing during the reception.The two previous panels examined the topics of Maine Native Americans and Irish Immigration.
A brief bio of the authors will be followed in more depth in the weeks to come:
Portland resident, Lincoln Paine has written five books and more than fifty articles, reviews and lectures on maritime history, including Down East: A Maritime History of Maine, and his most recent book, The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World, is the 2014 winner of the Maine Literary Award for nonfiction.
George Daughan is a two time winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, first for his first book, If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy from the Revolution to the War of 1812 and this October for 1812: The Navy's War, and a recipient of the 2012 gold medal in history from the Independent Publisher's Association, George Daughan's most recent book is The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex During the War of 1812. George resides in Portland.
James Nelson is the author of seventeen works of maritime fiction and history, including George Washington's Secret Navy (winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison award for naval history) and a most exciting new novel, Finn Gall, about vikings in Ireland. He lives in Harpswell.
Dr. Riess is Research Associate Professor of History, Anthropology, and Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. His research and teaching have focused on the maritime history and archaeology of Colonial and Revolutionary America. He published The Angel Gabriel : The Elusive English Galleon and many articles about maritime history and archaeology. Currently President of the North American Society for Oceanic History, his new book, The Ship That Held Up Wall Street, is due in November.
All are invited to share in the challenging heritage of seafaring. We are looking forward to this important event, by reservation only, tickets are $10.00. Seating is limited! To reserve seats and purchase tickets please or FMI call the bookstore at (207)563-3207.
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