Gerard's Latest Book Launches with Cruise on the Cape Fear

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Who better to cruise the Cape Fear River with than the man who wrote a book on it? On Sunday, March 3, join UNCW creative writing professor and chair Philip Gerard on a river cruise to launch his latest book: Down the Wild Cape Fear-A River Journey Through the Heart of North Carolina (UNC Press).

At 3 p.m. on March 3, the catamaran Wilmington will depart from its docking station at 212 Water Street for a tour of the river with Gerard providing historical commentary on the fascinating natural and political ecology of the river. Tickets are $30 a person (includes a copy of the book). Net proceeds benefit the Cape Fear River Watch. Seating is limited to ensure a comfortable cruise and a chance to talk with the author. Participants should plan to board beginning at 2:30. A free dockside reception and book signing will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. (cash bar).

Gerard is an acclaimed writer of fiction and nonfiction. His first personal essay collection, The Patron Saint of Dreams, was released last March by Hub City Pressand won the 2012 Gold Medal for Creative Nonfiction from the Independent Publisher.He is the author of eight previous books, eleven documentary scripts and numerous short stories. In addition, he is a commentator for WHQR and pens a monthly installment (through May 2015) of the series "The Civil War: Life in North Carolina," for Our State magazine. He was the 2012 recipient of the Sam Talmadge Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina.

For cruise tickets, contact Wilmington Water Tours at 910.338.3134