Author Event: 'Salt Air Stories' with authors Linda Buckmaster and Elizabeth Garber

calendar icon September 29, 2022 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The library and Blue Hill Books are cosponsoring an author talk with Elizabeth Garber and Linda Buckmaster on Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 PM in the Howard Room. This will be an evening of conversation over salt air stories, with long time writing friends Elizabeth Garber and Linda Buckmaster to celebrate their new books Sailing at the Edge of Disaster and Elemental: A Miscellany of Salt Cod and Islands. 

Sailing at the Edge of Disaster: A Memoir of a Young Woman’s Daring Yearis the story of how a bookish teen and her younger brother are sent by their dominating father to “shape up” on a sail training school ship, where they discover the rigors, joys, and triumphs of being at sea. As they scour the decks, learn to splice ratlines, and climb the rigging, they also survive an act of piracy, a near-sinking, and being held hostage by armed gun boats. The book chronicles a transformative year in the throes of late adolescence that leads to courage, grace, and a reclamation of selfhood.

In Elemental: A Miscellany of Salt Cod and Islands, Linda Buckmaster follows the call of the elements—rock, sea, sky, wind. Elemental is the first installment in a series of creative and eclectic responses to the beauty and realities of islands in Maine, Newfoundland, and northwest Scotland. Through essay, poetry, and fiction, Linda traces the imprint of the lowly salt cod over time in communities across the North Atlantic and Caribbean. 

Elemental connects women workers “making the fish” on Newfoundland cobble beaches, displaced emigrants from the British Isles, enslaved people on Scots-owned West Indian sugar plantations, and contemporary coastal life, all connected to the natural world.  Previously an editor for a commercial fishing magazine and former Poet Laureate of her small Maine town, Linda knits fact and lyric into her narrative net.

This event is free, open to the public, and will be held in the library's Howard Room. Books will be available for sale and signing. If you have any questions, contact Kayleigh at or call 374-5515.

Elizabeth W. Garber is the author of Sailing at the Edge of Disaster: A Memoir of a Young Woman’s Daring Year (Toad Hall Editions 2022), a coming of age adventure tale. Her book, Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter (She Writes Press 2018), focuses on a family caught in a collision between modern architecture, radical social change, and mental illness in the turbulent 1960s and 1970s in Cincinnati, Ohio. Elizabeth is the author of three books of poetry: True Affections: Poems from a Small Town (2012), Listening Inside the Dance (2005), and Pierced by the Seasons (2004). Three of her poems were read on NPR on The Writer’s Almanac. Her poems were included in two anthologies of Maine Poets, Take Heart: Poems from Maine, and More Poems from Maine. She was interviewed and filmed for a website showcasing twenty Maine Poets.

She collaborated with painter/photographer Michael Weymouth, combining her poetry and essays with his paintings and photographs to create a coffee table style book Maine (Island Time 2013). This book won the Maine Writers and Publishers Literary Prize in 2014 for Excellence in Publishing. While working on her memoir, Implosion, she was awarded two writing fellowships at Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming.

As the 2006 Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine, she coordinated monthly poetry readings, and wrote a weekly poetry column published in three mid-coast papers highlighting Maine poets. She is the founder of the Illuminated Sea Press, encouraging the independent publishing of fine Maine poets. She was co-organizer of the Belfast Poetry Festival and Poetry and Art Walk for seven years, encouraging the collaboration of artists and poets. An hour-long community television program, a Visit with Poet Laureate Elizabeth Garber, can be seen on Vimeo.

Garber studied Greek Epic in the Mythology and Folklore Department at Harvard, received a BA from Johns Hopkins, a MFA in creative non-fiction from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Masters Program, and a Masters in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute. She has maintained a private practice as an acupuncturist for nearly forty years in mid-coast Maine, where she raised her family.


Linda Buckmaster has lived within a block of the Atlantic most of her life, growing up in “Space Coast” Florida during the Sixties and living in midcoast Maine for forty years. She is the former Atlantic and Gulf Editor of the commercial fishing magazine National Fisherman and former Poet Laureate of her small town of Belfast, Maine.

Her poetry, essay, and fiction have appeared in over forty journals. Two pieces were “Notable Essays” in Best American Essays 2013 and 2020. She has held residencies at Vermont Studios Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cove Park and Moniack Mhor in Scotland, Landfall Trust in Newfoundland, and Obras Foundation in Portugal among others. Her hybrid memoir, Space Heart: A Memoir in Stages, was published by Burrow Press in 2018.


Location: Howard Room
Event Type: Author Event
Registration: No
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