2017-08-09 / Londonderry

Northshire Bookstore will host two author presentations.

Howard Mosher — COURTESY PHOTOHoward Mosher — COURTESY PHOTOMANCHESTER — Author Kathleen Saville will present her book, “Rowing for Your Life,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

Saville holds two Guinness world records as the first woman to row across the North Atlantic and across two oceans.

Just out of college, newly wed and set up with her husband Curt in a small town in New York, Saville quickly realized that an ordinary life working for a better used car and a home with a mortgage would never satisfy her thirst for freedom and adventure. The year before, she and Curt had retraced Henry David Thoreau's canoe journey through the Maine Woods, and both were veteran rowers. Inspired, she suggested that they row across the Atlantic Ocean. Returning to her hometown, living on a shoestring, they built their own 25-foot ocean rowboat. They set out from Morocco and, tested by adverse currents, gales, and their own inexperience, “accomplished the near impossible,” all according to a Northshire press release.
Three years later, while they attempted to row across the Pacific, Curt was washed overboard and lost their sextant — their only means of navigation. Besides confronting fatigue, storms, sharks, and deadly reefs, they had to find a way to avoid becoming lost at sea and succumbing to starvation. Their ordeal in completing their crossing exposed the fissures in their marriage, and in this and subsequent adventures, Saville was forced to confront the difference between courage and foolhardiness. Cinematic, suspenseful, heartbreaking, and ultimately triumphant, her story of an unraveling marriage is also the account of finding her true self amid the life-and-death challenges at sea.

On Saturday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m., award-winning filmmaker Jay Craven will present a film screening of of “Where the Rivers Flow North,” a tribute to Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher, who passed away unexpectedly in late January.

Craven has made five “Vermont Westerns" during his 28-year collaboration with Mosher. He will present a 20-minute talk, “My Life, So Far, With Howard,” in which Craven will detail his often-daunting exploits, making the films, and his always-humorous experiences, working with Mosher.  

”Where the Rivers Flow North, stars Academy Award nominee Rip Torn, Native American actress Tantoo Cardinal (Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall), and Michael J. Fox.  Set in 1927 Vermont, it tells the story of an old Vermont logger and his Native American mate who face the extinction of their way of life when the local power company plans to build a giant hydro dam that will flood them off their land.  

This will be a ticketed event with 100 percent of the proceeds to preserve and digitize the Mosher films and prepare study materials for schools and communities.

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