JULY BOOKCLUB PICK: Night Crossings
The Humboldt Herald book club is on, kids. Fetch your reading glasses and adjust the light. Unless you can download this local book on your doohickie you’ll have to find a copy with actual pages.
The first book for the newly formed — and first of its kind — Humboldt County blog-based book club is Night Crossings by Jon Humboldt Gates. The book jacket describes its contents thusly:
At night, a harbor entrance becomes a dark and unpredictable corridor. One of hte most dangerous harbor crossings in North America is the entrance to Humboldt Bay. for years, mariners have traded tales of shipwredks and narrow excapes on the bar. The five stories retold here are the recollections of sailors who survived the shifting winds and treacherous waters. In 1933, two teenagers pilot a small sailboat on a midnight adventure. Forty years later, Christmas Eve turns into a nightmare for the fishermen aboard the LADY FAME. Theirs are two of the voices that evoke the haunting uncertainty of a night crossing.
The official discussion will be in the middle of July, to give readers time to find and read the book, if they haven’t already. Hit up your local bookstores, library or the Humboldt County Historical Society for a copy.