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Author Shares Tales from the Galley

Posted: November 9, 2007

Meet maritime author Doreen Armitage at a series of events to promote her new book, Tales from the Galley: Stories of the Working Waterfront. She will be appearing at the following locations:

Saturday, November 10, 2007—Book signing at Black Bond Books, Haney Place Mall, 141-11900 Haney Place in Maple Ridge, at 1:30pm.For more info, call 604-463-8624.
Saturday, November 17, 2007—Book signing at Black Bond Books, Lynn Valley Centre in North Vancouver, at 1:30pm. For more info, call 604-981-9611.
Thursday, November 22, 2007—Slide Show & Talk at Coho Books, 1074 Shoppers Row in Campbell River, 7pm. For more info, call 250-287-2336.
Friday, November 23, 2007—Slide Show & Talk at the Courtenay Branch Library, #300-6th Street in Courtenay, 7pm. For more info, call 250-334-3369.
Saturday, November 24, 2007—Book signing at Nanaimo Maps & Charts, 8 Church Street in Nanaimo, from 1:00-3:00pm. For more info, call 250-754-2513.

Armitage, also author of the BC bestseller From the Wheelhouse: Tugboaters Tell their own Stories, is back with a fresh collection of salty tales from a varied collection of men who earn their living in, on or beside the sea. A former DFO skipper tells a heartrending story of trying to rescue the crew of a fish boat foundering off the west coast of Vancouver Island in wind so strong it cartwheeled their life raft “across the waves like tumbleweed.” A coastal pilot recounts the horrors of trying to scramble up the sides of towering ships in tossing seas, and a near-death experience after falling into the frigid ocean. A tugboat skipper tells of towing a mountainous bundle of logs from the Queen Charlotte Islands only to have it hit rocks and break apart, scattering enough timber to build a small city. A commercial diver remembers the time he befriended a large, seemingly harmless octopus, only to have it respond by trying to tear his helmet off.

Some of these stories involve momentous events with sinking ships and loss of life, but most simply recount everyday happenings, from the humorous to the strange. Together, they offer a captivating picture of life along BC’s working waterfront in all its variety.