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Monday, January 29, 2007

Release Event Set for Wawona Book

Great news! We're going to have a release event for my book Shipbuilders, Sea Captains, and Fishermen: The Story of the Schooner Wawona on Friday, February 23, 2007, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Uptown Espresso, 4301 SW Edmunds St. (California Avenue & Edmunds Street) in the West Seattle Junction. The event program includes a brief reading and an update on the condition of the schooner and plans for her restoration. I'll sign copies of my book, which will be offered for sale at the event. I hope to see you there and to sign your copy!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Appearance at Seattle Boat Show

I will be making my first appearance as an author of Shipbuilders, Sea Captains, and Fishermen: The Story of the Schooner Wawona at the Seattle Boat Show, January 25 and 26, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Captain's Nautical booth. The show is at the Qwest Field Event Center in Seattle. Captain's Nautical is a leading seller of nautical books, as well as all kinds of gear for the boat lover, in the Seattle area. I hope to see you there!

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Received My Wawona Book Copies

I received my shipment of Shipbuilders, Sea Captains, and Fishermen from the publisher. I get a nice discount as an author, and I can turn them around and sell them at the suggested retail price or a discount of my own. I plan to do so at lectures at area museums. I received 110 books, plus the five free copies. Now all I have to do is sell them! Easier said than done for me, the world's worst salesman.

I also have to give eight away to local libraries and the Washington State Library as part of my grant from 4Culture. I sent them off today.

Hoping for some reviews soon. If you've read the book, please post a review at!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Print, Audio Excerpts from Wawona Book!

I have posted audio and print excerpts from my book Shipbuilders, Sea Captains and Fishermen at The excerpts come from chapter six, The Wawona Brewing Society. You can also download them via these links: Print (PDF format, 1 megabyte); Audio (MP3, 12 megabytes.) Let me know what you think!

Monday, January 01, 2007

New Features for Tracking MHN/Music, MHN Calendar

Happy 2007! Maritime Heritage Networks is always looks for ways to make it easy for you to track news from the website, such as weekly featured CDs from MHN/Music and upcoming maritime heritage events. We've now added enhanced RSS news feeds to the home page and a revamped Calendar page. And it's easier than ever to subscribe using your favorite RSS reader or the new Internet Explorer 7, which includes a free RSS reader. Not familiar with RSS? Go to What Is RSS? for a simple, non-technical explanation.

Here's the available feeds:
Home page:

My Yahoo
MHN Calendar:

My Yahoo

In addition, here's direct links to the RSS and Atom feeds:

RSS: Home, Calendar

Atom: Home, Calendar

With the addition of these enhanced feeds, I will no longer be posting weekly notices of the featured CD and upcoming events on the MHN Blog. That said, I still want your submissions of events, which should be sent to I'd also welcome any suggestions from musicians on new maritime music. Thanks!