About Salt in Their Veins:
More than 15 million people “from away” visit Maine each year, most drawn to the rugged beauty of its rocky coast. But rocks and the sea provide only the setting for a more interesting drama: the everyday lives of the honest, hard-working, and fiercely independent populations of its hundred small, tightly-knit fishing villages. While the west has the cowboy, the icon of the Maine coast is the lobsterman, a sort of cowboy of the sea. But behind each lobsterman stand: a sternman, a bait dealer, a diesel mechanic, a boatbuilder, a pastor, an auto mechanic, a fuel oil dealer, a general store owner, a road commissioner, the teachers of his children, and myriad other members of his or her community. Like barnacles on a tidal ledge, these closely-knit people cling to the edge of the sea. Salt in Their Veins invites you into their parlors, their
kitchens, and their fishing shacks to join conversations between the author and thirty-five salty Mainers.
About the Author:
Charlie Wing spent his first eleven summers with his grandfather, a lobsterman, boatbuilder and ice harvester in Harpswell, Maine. After graduating from Bowdoin College (B.S. Physics), he received a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from MIT. Remaining at MIT as a research scientist, he developed a surface ship gravity meter for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the NASA Apollo 19 Lunar Traverse Gravimeter.
Returning to his roots on the Maine coast, he has spent the rest of his life explaining how things work—teaching physics at Bowdoin College, founding America’s first two DIY house-building schools (the Shelter Institute and Cornerstones), writing and hosting a PBS series on energy conservation, developing the first Department of Energy approved home energy audit, and writing more than twenty books. This is his first book about people, not things. It is, as his wife says, "his first book with a pulse."
Author Charlie Wing's Salt in Their Veins; Conversations with Coastal Mainers, for sale/signing at the 2016 Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach, on Saturday, July 30th, 1:15-3:15.