Local Author Kathryn Miles to give talk on recently published book
Local author Kathryn Miles will talk about her recently published book, All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, The Legendary Irish Famine Ship, on Tuesday August 6th at 6:30 pm at the Belfast Free Library. This program is free and open to all. BellaBooks will be at the program with books to purchase for signing.
All Standing recounts the journeys of this famous ship, her heroic crew, and the immigrants who were ferried between Ireland and North America. Spurred by a complex web of motivations, more than a million people attempted to flee the Irish famine. More than one hundred thousand of them would die aboard one of the five thousand aptly named “coffin ships.” But in the face of horrific losses, a small ship named the Jeanie Johnston never lost a passenger. Why did these individuals succeed when so many others failed?
Using newspaper accounts, rare archival documents, and her own experience sailing as an apprentice aboard the recently recreated Jeanie Johnston, Kathryn Miles tells the story of these remarkable people and the revolutionary milieu in which they set sail. Against the backdrop of one of history’s greatest atrocities, Miles weaves a thrilling, intimate narrative of the immigrant experience, while chronicling how one Irish family found a place for itself in the United States
Miles will read from her book and recount some stories of the captain and the crew, speak a bit about famine ships and the crisis that created them, and describe a dramatic passage that takes place in Maine.
Kathryn Miles is a professor of environmental writing and creative non-fiction at Unity College where she also edits the college’s Hawk and the Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability.
For more information please call the library at 338-3884 ext 10.