EASTON — The Talbot County Free Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, will host the official launch of “Islander’s War,” the debut novel by local writer Don Parks.
Set during and just after World War I, “Islander’s War” portrays a traditional Chesapeake Bay waterman’s community as it undergoes a series of challenges and conflicts, both external and internal.
Parks will give a reading from the novel, and books will be available for purchase and signing.
Secant Publishing is releasing “Islander’s War.”
A retired educator, Parks is a lifelong resident of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, born and raised in Dorchester County. His father was a waterman who spent his childhood on isolated Holland Island, and much of Parks’ fascination and passion for the Chesapeake Bay and the culture it inspired can be traced to interactions with his father.
He earned an undergraduate degree from Salisbury State College, and holds master’s degrees from Washington College and Virginia Commonwealth University. He was awarded a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.
Following a 40-year career in private and public education, he retired to St. Michaels and began exploring his passion — the Chesapeake Bay and the heritage it inspired.
He has researched and written five books about the Bay — “Chesapeake Winds and Tides: Journeys Among Eastern Shore Islands, Rivers and Communities,” “Chesapeake Splendor: Journeys Among Upper Eastern Shore Islands, Rivers and Communities,” “Chesapeake People,” “Chesapeake Men” and “Chesapeake Women.”
All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this event.
For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626 or visit www.tcfl.org.