January 23, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Author Irene M. Drago of Bath joins us this month to discuss Bath’s maritime history and how it inspired her debut novel, Daughters of Long Reach. This debut novel tells the story of a present day family that buys a historic home in Bath and then learns about the prominent shipbuilding family that lived there in the mid-1800s. The novel deftly weaves the story of that family and its ancestors with the present-day one. It elucidates the dangers and joys of sailing the world on big-masted schooners, the loneliness of dear ones left on shore, and vividly reminds us of the ties that connect three generations, separated by 150 years, with their coastal heritage.

The book won first place in a “First Novel” category in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Drago, a retired teacher, moved with her husband to Bath several years ago. In addition to having written and published this historical novel, she maintains a blog, “Bath Time Society,” and recently completed her second novel, a sequel. She plans to launch The Maine Point next spring in time for Maine’s bicentennial celebration. Drago is a docent at Maine Maritime Museum, a Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc. trustee, and the secretary of Main Street Bath’s Board of Directors. She is the 2017 recipient of the Spirit of Bath Award.

Drago’s talk will be illustrated by historical photos. Following the presentation she will take questions from the audience and sign copies of her book, which will be for sale.

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