Thursday, July 11th Author Literary Luncheon

Held at the Wequassett Resort on the Garden Terrace

Check-in Begins at 11:30 / Luncheon Begins at noon.

Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic, and Sy Montgomery

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Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "GRIPPING...THIS YARN HAS IT ALL." --USA TODAY *

"A WONDERFUL BOOK." --Christian Science Monitor * "ENTHRALLING." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * "A MUST-READ." --Booklist (starred review)

A human drama unlike any other--the riveting and definitive full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history.

Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis is sailing alone in the Philippine Sea when she is sunk by two Japanese torpedoes. For the next five nights and four days, almost three hundred miles from the nearest land, nearly nine hundred men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive.

For the first time Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic tell the complete story of the ship, her crew, and their final mission to save one of their own in "a wonderful book...that features grievous mistakes, extraordinary courage, unimaginable horror, and a cover-up...as complete an account of this tragic tale as we are likely to have" ( The Christian Science Monitor). It begins in 1932, when Indianapolis is christened and continues through World War II, when the ship embarks on her final world-changing mission: delivering the core of the atomic bomb to the Pacific for the strike on Hiroshima.

"Simply outstanding... Indianapolis is a must-read...a tour de force of true human drama" ( Booklist, starred review) that goes beyond the men's rescue to chronicle the survivors' fifty-year fight for justice on behalf of their skipper, Captain Charles McVay III, who is wrongly court-martialed for the sinking. "Enthralling...A gripping study of the greatest sea disaster in the history of the US Navy and its aftermath" ( Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Indianapolis stands as both groundbreaking naval history and spellbinding narrative--and brings the ship and her heroic crew back to full, vivid, unforgettable life. "Vincent and Vladic have delivered an account that stands out through its crisp writing and superb research... Indianapolis is sure to hold its own for a long time" ( USA TODAY).

Lynn Vincent, a US Navy veteran, is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and coauthor of eleven nonfiction books with more than sixteen million copies in print, including Indianapolis, Same of Kind of Different as Me (with Ron Hall and Denver Moore) and Heaven Is for Real (with Todd Burpo). A veteran journalist and author of more than 1,000 articles, her investigative pieces have been cited before Congress and the US Supreme Court. She lives in the mountains east of San Diego with her husband and their three Labrador retrievers.

Sara Vladic, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, is one of the world's leading experts on the USS Indianapolis, having become obsessed with the story at the age of thirteen. Over the next two decades, Vladic met and interviewed 108 of the ship's survivors, and in 2016 she released an award-winning documentary film on the disaster, USS Indianapolis: The Legacy. She has published new research on Indianapolis in Proceedings, the official journal of the US Navy, and appeared as an expert commentator on PBS's USS Indianapolis: Live from the Deep, which explored the ship's wreckage. She and her husband, Ben, live in San Marcos, California.


The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa's Last Great Herds

by Sy Montgomery

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Sibert medalist and National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery takes readers on a staggering, emotional journey alongside the greatest land migration on the planet earth--that of the wildebeest across the Serengeti--to explore the mystery and wonder of migration in a sweeping story sure to leave its mark. With full color photography.

Sibert medalist Sy Montgomery takes readers on a staggering, emotional journey alongside the greatest land migration on earth--that of the wildebeest across the Serengeti--to provide a you-are-there account of one of nature's most fascinating occurrences. Montgomery explores the wonder of migration, asking questions like, how do migration patterns sculpt the environment? Why do animals migrate? And how do they know where to go?

With lyrical prose, abundant facts, and the inclusion of other species who undertake remarkable migrations, Montgomery makes a journey of thousands of miles fly by--but not without leaving its mark. Full color photography.

Researching films, articles, and 22 books, SY MONTGOMERY has hiked the Altai Mountains of Mongolia looking for snow leopards, tracked tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, and more. A National Book Award finalist, she has also been honored with a Sibert Medal, two Science Book and Film prizes from the National Association for the Advancement of Science, three honorary degrees, and many other awards. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire. Visit her online at symontgomery.com and on Twitter @SyTheAuthor.