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Author Talk at Blue Hill Library
October 22 @ 7:00 pm
The Blue Hill Public Library and Blue Hill Books will host seasonal Sedgwick author George Matteson to share from his new book, “Tugboat Stories,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Wilder Room.
“Tugboat Stories” is a suite of linked stories based on the author’s career as a seaman and owner/operator of tugboats working in New York Harbor from 1971 to 1998. The work comprises both a portrayal of the socially complex and deeply traditional world of the harbor community and the narrator’s progress within that world from rank beginner to seasoned professional.Within the context of this loose narrative trajectory the author provides a firsthand experience of a unique life − physically demanding, sometimes comic, sometimes crude, often lonely, and, at its core, spiritually compelling.
Matteson lives in New York City and on the coast of Maine with his wife, artist Adele Ursone. He worked in and around New York Harbor and the Northeastern U.S. coast and inland waterways from 1971 to 1999, including running his own tugboat, the “Spuyten Duyvil,” for 13 years. For some of those years, he not only worked, but also lived on the water.
Books will be available for sale and signing. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.