We are so excited to welcome author George Michelsen Foy to the bookshop to talk about his newest book, Run the Storm! His previous book, Finding North: How Navigation Makes us Human, was a staff favorite.
A scrupulously researched book with all the thrilling power of the best adventure novels, Run the Storm tells the story of the final journey attempted by the enormous American cargo ship the S.S. El Faro and that journey’s tragic end near the eye of hurricane Joaquin in 2015. And while there are other books out this spring that cover similar waters, George is the only author in the bunch who is a former commercial fisherman and who has made his career writing fiction and nonfiction that investigates man’s attraction to the oceans, making his vision the most comprehensive.
“Here is the pitch-perfect pairing of subject and author, a gripping deconstruction of one of recent history’s most terrible and vexing sea tragedies. Run the Storm is a meticulous forensic study that, in Foy’s able hands, rises to the level of literature.” —Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice
“Make no mistake, Foy is a natural story teller, but what impressed me was his uncommon ability to weave his deep knowledge of the ship, weather systems, and navigation to accelerate the story, instead of slowing it down. Foy is an experienced mariner who clearly knows his stuff, which gives the reader confidence in his account, and allows us to get lost in an amazing story that builds to a wild finish.” —John U. Bacon, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism