Best-selling Author and Swordfish Boat Captain Linda Greenlaw to Share Her Sea Stories on March 12

Linda Greenlaw

Linda Greenlaw is a New York Times best-selling author, inspired a movie star, received numerous awards for her books, and is only female swordfishing boat captain on the East Coast. Greenlaw will visit campus on March 12 to share some of her stories about life on the sea as part of the Core Division's Chautauqua Series. Greenlaw's free interactive speech entitled "Lessons from the Sea" will be at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium.

Greenlaw, born in Connecticut, was raised in Topsham, Maine, where she grew to love the ocean and eventually became the captain of a commercial swordfishing boat.

In 1991, she was the captain of the fishing boat "Hannah Boden" when the Northern Atlantic storm that inspired "The Perfect Storm" book and movie sank the commercial fishing vessel Andrea Gail and her six-man crew. Greenlaw's efforts to warn the Andrea Gail about the forthcoming storm were portrayed in Sebastian Junger's 1997 book and later in the movie version, in which she was played by actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

Linda Greenlaw and swordfishGreenlaw wrote three best-selling books about life as a commercial fisher: The Hungry Ocean in 1999, The Lobster Chronicles in 2002 and All Fishermen Are Liars in 2002. Her books have climbed as high as No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list, with The Hungry Ocean remaining on the list for three months. Greenlaw's daughter, Sarai Johnson ‘14 attends Champlain College and majors in social work.

Her exploits have been featured on ABC's Good Morning America, the NBC Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, The Martha Stewart Show and National Public Radio.

In an interview with USA Today, Greenlaw said that writing was harder than she thought. "I need to write the first thing every day. My fishing has become very much part time. I find it refreshing, a break from the writing. But for right now, fishing is in the margins of my life. To write well, writing has to be your top priority."

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FREE EVENT - Linda Greenlaw, famous author and boat captain will be speaking on Wednesday, Mar. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium at Champlain College. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact Betsy Beaulieu at

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