Whidbey Reads author Jim Lynch to speak April 18 and 19


Jim Lynch

Jim Lynch “observes like a journalist and writes like a poet,” according to the Seattle Times.

Lynch, sailing enthusiast and author of the 2018 Whidbey Reads selection Before the Wind, will give two talks as part of the annual community reading program:

  • 4 p.m. April 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 WA 525, Freeland
  • 3 p.m. April 19 at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club, 1301 SE Catalina Drive, Oak Harbor

“Before the Wind” features an unmoored Washington family that lived and breathed sailing only to fall into dysfunction, according to the Sno-Isle Libraries Biblio Files blog.  In a blog interview, Lynch – who grew up sailing – said he learned a lot from researching the book.

“I interviewed world-class sailors. I learned about the physics of sailing. I crewed on race boats that I would normally not be on so that I could make competitive sailing even more real,” he said. “I learned while racing two-man Star boats that you need to make sure to secure at least one foot beneath the hiking strap or you may flip overboard into the frigid Puget Sound like I did during one race.”

“Before the Wind” is Lynch’s fourth novel. New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin picked his third book, Truth Like the Sun, as one of her 10 favorite books of 2012. That novel was also a finalist for the Dashiell Hammett Prize. Lynch’s first novel, The Highest Tide (2005), won the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award, was performed on stage in Seattle and became an international bestseller after it was featured on England’s Richard and Judy television show. His second novel, Border Songs (2009), was also adapted to the stage and won the Washington State Book Award as well as the Indie’s Choice Honor Book Award.

The former award-winning reporter lives and sails in Olympia.

Whidbey Reads brings Whidbey Island residents together each year to read and talk about a book. A series of public events focuses on themes related to the story. Whidbey Reads 2018 is a collaborative effort between Sno-Isle Libraries, Whidbey Island Friends of the Library groups, and volunteers from each community on Whidbey Island. Other partners include The Book Rack and Moonraker Books.

Whidbey Reads is supported by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.