Into the Raging Seaby Rachel Slade was selected by Tabor Academy as their community wide summer read. The author is coming to campus as a visiting author for a week, culminating in a reading and book signing on October 17at 7:30 pm. The public is invited to this free and open event in Tabor’s Fireman Center for Performing Arts at 245 Front Street, Marion.
The book is about the U.S. container ship “El Faro”, lost at sea four years ago this month with 33 souls on board during Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. “Tabor chose the book because it features thought-provoking questions about leadership, ethics, and responsibility. Beyond also speaking to our maritime traditions, the story is personal for us as Engineer Jeff Mathias ’92, also a graduate of Mass Maritime Academy, was serving as the Riding Crew Supervisor when El Faro went down,” said Kerry Saltonstall, Director of Communications. “The book uncovers many disturbing factors that contributed to the disaster and it has already generated a lot of discussion on campus. We hope the community will come out and join the dialogue on October 17.”
For one week before the talk, the author will be visiting Tabor Academy as their 2019 Writer in Residence. She will speak to the full community in Chapel, and will share in small groups how she became engaged with the story of El Faro and how she researched it, as well as other thoughts and tips about becoming a professional writer. Slade is the third professional author in residence at Tabor in as many years.