080513 Pulitzer Prize winner Barbara Walsh at Gilford Library Next Tuesday (280)baraWalsh

GILFORD — Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Barbara Walsh will speak about her book August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm at the Gilford Public Library Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Walsh, who is also the author of Sammy in the Sky, a book illustrated by Jamie Wyeth, will also do a talk at 3 p.m. August 6 in the library's children's room.


Copies of her books will be available at both talks and Walsh will personalize both August Gale and Sammy in the Sky.

In August Gale, Walsh takes readers on two heartrending odysseys: one into a deadly Newfoundland hurricane and the lives of schooner fishermen who relied on God and the wind to carry them home. The other, into a squall stirred by a man with many secrets: a grandfather who remained a mystery until long after his death.

Sixty-eight years after the hurricane that claimed several of her ancestors, Walsh searched for memories of the August gale and the grandfather who abandoned her dad as a young boy.

Sammy in the Sky is also a true story about a family's never-ending love for their beloved hound.

Before writing books, Walsh worked for 25 years as a journalist. Her most notable story involved killer Willie Horton Jr. and Massachusetts' flawed prison furloughs. The story affected the 1988 presidential election and earned a Pulitzer Prize.