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Blue Hill Library to hold author event on ‘Tugboat Stories’

Event organizer: Hannah Cyrus
Event Date & Time: October 22, 2019 7:00 pm
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BLUE HILL — Blue Hill Public Library and Blue Hill Books will host Sedgwick part-time resident and author George Matteson to share from his new book, “Tugboat Stories,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 5 Parker Point Road.

“Tugboat Stories” is a set 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. These stories provide first-hand experience of a unique life − physically demanding, sometimes comic, sometimes crude, often lonely and, at its core, spiritually compelling.

George Matteson lives in New York City and on the coast of Maine with his wife, artist Adele Ursone. He worked in and around NY Harbor, and the northeastern US 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 also lived on the water.

This event is sponsored by the library and Blue Hill Books. Books will be available for sale and signing. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the library at 207-374-5515.