I shut the book and stared at the photos on the cover for a long while. Seaworthy by Linda Greenlaw. What was it about this woman’s face that penetrated through pulp and fiber like sunshine breaking through clouds? Something in the eyes maybe? Vibrant…Focused…Alive! Or perhaps it was the fully engaged smile. Persuasively charming, yet almost impish. Whatever it was, I’d just been consumed like bait on a hook by the ocean of fish that defines her world. And as only a great fisherman could do, she reeled me in with her stories of willingness,determination, perseverance, and self discovery in good ‘ol fisherman fashion.
Standing 5’3" and 48 years old, there’s no doubt about it…Linda Greenlaw has guts and vitality. For nearly 30 years she has been a fierce competitor in one of the most dangerous professions in America: commercial fishing. She has earned the respect of her peers, is one of the few female captains in the U.S. and is, in fact, the only female swordfish captain in the States to date
For the rest of the story and interview with Linda click the link above
Thanks Jessica Layne for forwarding the story
Joey, this was at the American Legion Hall on 7/15/10, sponsored by The Bookstore of Gloucester. Note in the 4th photo that I am holding Linda’s new book, Seaworthy, and she is holding my new 2011 Gloucester calendar; both are available at The Bookstore.
Harbor Loop Concert (Greg Dann) drummer for Funbucket and Full Circle
Linda Greenlaw Signing
I’m sending this to you on behalf of Janice Severance, can you post something about the Linda
Greenlaw event sponsored by The Bookstore this Thursday, 7/15 at 7pm? Due to the anticipated
interest, it is being held at the American Legion, 8 Washington Street. There will be a table set
up with books available for purchase at the event, but folks can always stop by The Bookstore
anytime to pick up a book as well. Linda’s funny and engaging stories are sure to please the crowd,
as always. This should be a huge event for the city that put her on the map with The Hungry Ocean.
July 15, 2010 | 07:00 PM
Sponsored by: THE BOOKSTORE
Held at: American Legion, 8 Washington Street
Reading, Q&A, signing
To purchase a book prior to the event or ask questions:
61 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
The bestselling author’s sequel to The Hungry Ocean–a fast- paced account of her return to
Linda Greenlaw hadn’t been bluewater fishing for ten years- not since the events chronicled in the
books The Perfect Storm and The Hungry Ocean-but when her lobster traps aren’t paying off, her
truck is on its last gasp, and the bills are piling up, she decides to take a friend up on his
offer and captain a boat for a season of swordfishing. A decade older, and with family
responsibilities, she’s a different person heading out to sea, but any reluctance is quickly
tempered by the magnetic lure of adventure. And the adventures begin almost immediately: The ship
turns out to be rusty and ancient, and even with a crew of four Greenlaw is faced with technical
challenges. There are the expected complexities of longline fishing and the nuances of reading the
weather. Her greatest challenge, however, comes when the boat’s lines inadvertently drift into
Canadian waters and Greenlaw is thrown in jail.
Capturing the moment-by-moment details of her journey, Greenlaw tells a story about human nature
and the nature around us, about learning what can be controlled and when to let fate step in.
Seaworthy is a compelling narrative about a person setting her own terms and finding her true self
between land and water.
Thanks and hope to see you at Sugar Mags again for the Block Party this Saturday night!
Jenn Cullen (Missy’s cousin)
Linda Greenlaw speaks at Jabberwocky Book Store, Newburyport Mass. and promotes her new Book Se Worthy.
In the following videos Linda talks about her personal life, her new book Seaworthy. She also talks bout life after the Perfect Storm and her experiences at sea. She is also on a reality show which airs on Discovery Channel.
Enjoy one or all the videos.
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZfaIe8TCp0
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwNBi0FF9Xc
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1PQ7J6rlr8
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfaiwIbG4h0
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEQo73nXgBo
Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHo1ffwKHOE
Part 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9XoXpWbCO0
Here is Tom Ring sitting across from my desk here in the office. Tom Fishes for Lou Williams aboard The Orin C but used to fish with Linda Greenlaw, the female skipper from the Perfect Storm. Tom is one of the great storytellers on the Gloucester waterfront. Every time he steps foot in the office you can be assured there will be a spectacle.
Here is a picture of Tom’s hand-
Tom Ring Talks About Swordfishing With Linda Greenlaw, Not Being Able To Go Fishing Today And More
Tom used to fish with Linda Greenlaw. You can check out her website by clicking this text. He tells me that she is in the process of doing a show about swordfishing but the first trip they went out they ended up having to return to port broke down.