Vinalhaven writer and resident Phil Crossman has published a new volume of essays about life on the Penobscot Bay island.
As The Crow Flies is the long expected sequel to Away Happens, a popular collection of essays about life on Vinalhaven Island and elsewhere in and around coastal Maine, published in 2005 by the University Press at Dartmouth College.
Those essays were and these in As The Crow Flies are, the best of 30 years of writing as The Observer in the Island Institute’s Working Waterfront as well as in other coastal and New England publications.
Pulitzer Prize winning literary critic Richard Eder wrote that Crossman writes with antic grace drawing out the stresses, strains and human comedy of a place that is all face-to-face encounters. Some readers have called it the funniest book ever written about Down East Maine.
Phil is a life long resident of Vinalhaven whose ancestors settled on the island in the late 1700s. Until recently busy as a building contractor and inn-keeper—he owns but no longer runs the Tidewater Motel on Carver’s Harbor in Vinalhaven—he found time and still does to write a regular column for his island’s news sheet, the Wind, continues to contribute to the monthly Working Waterfront and plans to do so forever.
The New Era Gallery on Vinalhaven will host a book release event on Saturday, August 31, at 4:30 p.m. Archipelago will sponsor a similar affair on Friday, September 6, 2 – 5 p.m. at the Island Institute, 386 Main St., Rockland.