Raynham Reads 2018

The Book

The Friends of the Library are pleased to announce the selection for the 2018 Raynham Reads  – Ten Hours Until Dawn, the true story of heroism and tragedy aboard the Can Do by Michael Tougias. Copies available for loan beginning Monday, February 5, the 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of ’78.

In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls and immediately dispatched a patrol boat. Within an hour, the Coast Guard boat was in as much trouble as the tanker, having lost its radar, depth finder, and engine power in horrendous seas. Pilot boat Captain Frank Quirk was monitoring the Coast Guard’s efforts by radio, and when he heard that the patrol boat was in jeopardy, he decided to act. Gathering his crew of four, he readied his forty-nine foot steel boat, the Can Do, and entered the maelstrom of the blizzard.

Using dozens of interview and audiotapes that recorded every word exchanged between Quirk and the Coast Guard, Tougias has written a devastatingly true account of bravery and death at sea.

The Author

Michael J. Tougias is an award winning author and co-author of 24 books. Among his bestsellers are The Finest Hours, Fatal Forecast, Overboard, King Philip’s War, and There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe. Tougias lectures across the country on each of his book topics. He joins us on Sunday, April 29.

The Events

Blizzard Memory Board – Bring your photographs of the Blizzard of ’78 to share with the community on our Memory Board during February and March.

Ten Hours Until Dawn – Book Discussion – Wednesday, April 11, 1:00 p.m.

Blizzard of ’78 Documentary & Memory Sharing – Sunday, April 15, 2:00 p.m.

Author Talk with Michael Tougias – Sunday, April 29, 2:00 p.m. at Community Center

Bus Trip to U.S. Coast Guard Station – tba

Raynham Reads 2018 is sponsored by the Friends of Raynham Public Library, the Raynham Cultural Council and the Raynham Public Library.

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