Our first post is pretty exciting: on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at 2:00PM, we’ll be hosting award-winning poet Heidi Greco at the Conception Bay Museum, Harbour Grace, where she’ll be launching her great new collection of poems, Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart (Caitlin Press, 2017). Appropriately, the book “launch” will commemorate the literal launch of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega, which left the Harbour Grace airstrip on May 20th, 1932 on its transatlantic flight, 85 years ago. With Flightpaths, Greco reimagines and reinvigorates our understanding of the pioneer aviator, of both her life and her legend.
As per the press release from Caitlin Press, Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart is “presented as if written by Earhart herself, and considers some of the many theories that attempt to explain her disappearance. Through logbook entries, recollections and letters, the work explores some of the various flightpaths she may have taken. Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, the first to fly a Lockheed 10 Electra around the world on the Earhart Trail, praises Flightpaths: ‘In this unique and intriguing fictional tale, Heidi Greco convinces us that Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed 10 Electra went down near a remote Pacific island. This tragic event, and the disappearance of Amelia’s plane into the ocean, leaves the reader wondering what happened to this brave pilot who accepted the challenge of a world flight in 1937.’
“Being the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic wasn’t Earhart’s only feat of feminism, as evidenced by Greco’s painstaking research into the pilot’s life as a pacifist, poet, and punster. She was ahead of her time in so many ways, right down to the no-nonsense clothes she wore (many of them fashioned after her own designs). A bonafide Earhart expert, Greco fuses truth with poetic license, establishing a must-read book of verse.”
A blend of storytelling, fiction and history, Saturday promises to be a great afternoon. The event is open to the public, books will be available for sale, and all are welcome.
We hope to see you there!
About Heidi Greco
Heidi Greco is a longtime resident of Surrey, BC. In addition to writing and editing, she often leads workshops on topics that range from ekphrastic poetry to chapbook making. She’s been an advocate for the literary arts in her community and was instrumental in establishing two distinct reading series, but she considers her greatest success to have been convincing her city to hire an official Poet Laureate. She writes in many genres, with poems, fiction, essays and book reviews to her credit. Her books include the novella Shrinking Violets, which was co-winner of the Ken Klonsky Award in 2011. Her work has also appeared in many anthologies, most recently in Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia (Leaf Press, 2015) and The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil, 2015).
Links & Further Information
• Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/228927777594210/
• Michael Despotovic (Publicist): (604) 831-7024 or firstname.lastname@example.org