John Rousmaniere

8 months ago by in Memoir, Other Nonfiction, Saturday

Fastnet.JR.steering in 79Fastnet storm - Copy (2)Writer’s remorse and sanity:  How to write about shipwrecks without becoming a wreck yourself.  [4:00 Saturday, Library Mezzanine]Writing strategy is a writer’s problem all the time, but never more than in calamities. How does the writer express sympathy without throwing away objectivity? John Rousmaniere will discuss and illustrate the problem of writing about bad news — from personal accidents to weather disasters — using his career as an example.  John has written thirty books on maritime history, seamanship, boating safety, business history and New York history. He has taught courses on sailing safety and reviews of serious boating accidents. His work on maritime history earned a Mystic Seaport W.P. Stephens award.  A veteran of more than 40,000 miles under sail, John has headed the media operation for the Newport Bermuda Race.  He is the author of The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, the standard sailing instructional manual, After the Storm, about several maritime incidents and Fastnet Force 10 is his first person study of the fatal 1979 Fastnet Race storm in which he sailed.