Meet the Authors Presented by Hanover Council on Aging & the John Curtis Free Library
at the Hanover Council on Aging, 665 Center Street, Hanover MA
Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.; doors open at 6:00 pm.
Light refreshments; prizes.
6:30 pm: Author talk, award and Q&A
7:30 pm: Book sales & signings
BOOKS FOR PURCHASE AND SIGNING PROVIDED BY STORYBOOK COVE
J. North Conway, author of The Wreck of the Portland: A Doomed Ship, A Violent Storm and New England's Worst Maritime Disaster.
The SS Portland was a solid and luxurious ship, and its loss in 1898 in a violent storm with some 200 people aboard was later remembered as “New England’s Titanic.” The Portland was one of New England's largest and most luxurious paddle steamers, and after nine years' solid performance, she had earned a reputation as a safe and dependable vessel. In November 1898, a perfect storm formed off the New England coast. Conditions would produce a blizzard with 100 miles per hour winds and 60-foot waves that pummeled the coast. The ship and its crew were never seen again. Before the storm abated it became one of the worst ever recorded in New England waters. The storm, now known as “The Portland Gale,” killed 400 people along the coast and sent more than 200 ships to the bottom, including the doomed Portland.
J. North Conway is the author of more than a dozen nonfiction books. In addition to this book, he wrote New England Rocks, which examines the history, lore, legends and people associated with forty-five notable New England geological wonders. He is also the author a trilogy on New York City during the Gilded Age, published by the Globe Pequot/Lyons Press. It includes the King of Heists (2009), hailed by Readers’ Digest as one of the best books of summer 2009; The Big Policeman(2010), acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as, “This, surely, is what makes Thomas Byrnes truly interesting…” ; and Bag of Bones (2012). He is also the author of Queen of Thieves, published in 2014 by Skyhorse. His other works include American Literary: Fifty Books That Define Our Culture and Ourselves (William Morrow, 1994) and The Cape Cod Canal: Breaking Through the Bared and Bended Arm (History Press, 2008).
An accomplished poet, newspaper and magazine editor, he teaches English at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth and Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts. He lives on Birdsong Farm in Assonet, Massachusetts.