Author Michael Tougias will speak at the Mariner's Museum on Feb. 18 about search for "Flying Colours"

Author Michael Tougias will speak at the Mariner's Museum on Feb. 18 about search for "Flying Colours"

Residents of Hampton Roads might recall the May 2007 attempt to rescue the crew aboard the 45-foot sailboat Flying Colours. The vessel was one of four caught in high winds and rough seas off the North Carolina coast, resulting in a massive search-and-rescue effort by the U.S. Coast Guard. The storm took eight lives, including all four aboard the Flying Colours.

In “A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and Incredible Rescue,” Michael Tougias, award-winning author of 20 books, chronicles the attempts to rescue the men who were fighting to survive in a life raft 250 miles out to sea. Tougias wrote in a press release, “Trying to reach these survivors before it’s too late are four Coast Guardsmen battling hurricane force winds in their Jayhawk helicopter...When they arrive, they are astounded to find crashing seas of 70 feet, with some waves topping 80 feet.”

Tougias will speak and present slides at the Mariner’s Museum, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Introducing him will be Justin Westmiller who was the chief of the Sector Command Center in North Carolina at the time of the incident.

Author Michael Tougias will speak at the Mariner's Museum on Feb. 18 about search for "Flying Colours"

Author Michael Tougias will speak at the Mariner's Museum on Feb. 18 about search for "Flying Colours"

The program is free and open to the public. Museum members can reserve seats in advance. For information, call 596-2222 or go to marinersmuseum.org. The Mariner’s Museum is at 100 Museum Drive in Newport News.

Author of “The Monuments Men” to speak at ODU

If you’ve seen or heard about “The Monuments Men,” the new movie directed by and starring George Clooney, you might have known it’s based on a book of the same name. “The Monument Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History” released in 2010 Robert M. Edsel, follows six men who labored to save some of the world’s most cherished pieces of art from the Nazis in the 11 months before V-E Day. According to the book’s press information: “In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.”

Edsel has been named Old Dominion University’s Marc and Connie Jacobson Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Lecture speaker for  the university’s 2014 President’s Lecture Series.

Edsel, whose background is in oil and gas exploration, according to ODU’s website, came upon the story while living in Florence, Italy, where he developed an interest in art and archictecture and how the art had survived the war. “His question evolved into an impassioned journey to unravel the secrets of the Monuments Men.”

Edsel will appear at ODU to speak about the book and his experiences on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the North Café of Webb University Center. The program, which will include a book signing, is free and open to the public. For reservations, call 683-3116 or go to  www.odu.edu/univevents (event code: REL14).

Historical author to sign books on Feb. 22 in Williamsburg

Williamsburg resident Mac Laird has authored two historical novels about Virginia’s early history.  “Dangerous Differences,” which features the settlers’ interactions with the frontier Indians, was nominated for the Library of Virginia’s 14th Annual Literary Award in fiction. Laird’s follow-up novel, “Christanna,” focuses on Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotwood’s efforts to build Fort Christanna near Lawrenceville. It has been submitted for the library’s award this year as well.

Laird will sign copies of his books at the College of William and Mary bookstore on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store is at 345 W Duke of Gloucester St.

Go to quailhigh.com to learn more about Laird and his books.

 

Author Mac Laird to sign copies of historical novels Saturday, Feb. 22, in Williamsburg

Author Mac Laird to sign copies of historical novels Saturday, Feb. 22, in Williamsburg