Hey NYC Tumblrs! Come celebrate the launch of Nick Dybek’s amazing debut novel with a kickoff party at Brooklyn’s Power House arena. Details below, stolen straight from the Powerhouse Newsletter, see you there!
The powerHouse Arena invites you to the book launch party for:
When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man
featuring the author in conversation with
Thursday, April 12, 7–9 pm
Drinks will be served
The powerHouse Arena · 37 Main Street (corner of Water & Main St.) · DUMBO, Brooklyn
For more information, please call 718.666.3049
Nick Dybek's debut novel has already garnered praise from Jaimy Gordon and Daniel Alarcón. Rachel Syme joins him to discuss this nautical coming-of-age thriller.
About When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man:
Every fall, the men of Loyalty Island sail from the Olympic Peninsula up to the Bering Sea to spend the winter catching king crab. Their dangerous occupation keeps food on the table but constantly threatens to leave empty seats around it.
To Cal, Alaska remains as mythical and mysterious as Treasure Island, and the stories his father returns with are as mesmerizing as those he once invented about Captain Flint before he turned pirate. But while Cal is too young to accompany his father, he is old enough to know that everything depends on the fate of those few boats thousands of miles to the north. He is also old enough to feel the tension between his parents over whether he will follow in his father’s footsteps. And old enough to wonder about his mother’s relationship with John Gaunt, owner of the fleet.
Then Gaunt dies suddenly, leaving the business in the hands of his son, who seems intent on selling away the fishermen’s livelihood. Soon Cal stumbles on evidence that his father may have taken extreme measures to salvage their way of life. As winter comes on, his suspicions deepening and his moral compass shattered, he is forced to make a terrible choice.
About Nick Dybek:
Nick Dybek is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was the recipient of a Hopwood Award for Short Fiction, and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where he won a Maytag Fellowship and a Michener-Copernicus Award. He’s taught writing at a variety of institutions, including Augustana College, Western Washington University, the Center for Talented Youth, and the Bolivar County Correctional Facility. This is his first novel.
About Rachel Syme:
Rachel Syme is the former books editor for National Public Radio, and a current contributor to NPR and TIME. She is at work on a new biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Hollywood years for Random House.