The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is proud to present Earl Swift, author of Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island for a book discussion and panel. The panel will feature lifetime Tangier residents and watermen, Mayor James "Ooker" Eskridge and Cook Cannon. The moderator for the panel and discussion will be Will Baker, CBF president.
About the Book: Earl Swift, a longtime reporter for Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot, spent most of two years living with the watermen of Tangier Island, the last off-shore fishing community in the Virginia waters of Chesapeake Bay. Roughly 1.3 square miles, the island has been steadily losing ground as the oceans rise, and is projected to be uninhabitable in 25 to 50 years. It would cost upwards of a billion dollars to build a protective seawall around it, and while the island's culture, history, and wildlife all make it "unquestionably unique" — is it worth the cost? Swift gives a detailed profile of island life, from the uncertain economics and ecology of the blue crab to the community's staunch evangelicalism and rejection of climate change, showing how complicated this question is.
Reviews of Chesapeake Requiem: "Beautiful, haunting and true."—Hampton Sides | "Powerful. A tale of our time, movingly told."—Bill McKibben | "Gorgeous. A truly remarkable book."—Beth Macy | "An important book."—Library Journal | "Wonderful, poetic, stirring. An elegy to a disappearing way of life."—Callum Roberts | "Immersive, sensitive, and clear-eyed."—Garden & Gun
About the Event: Earl Swift will be joined by Tangier Mayor James "Ooker" Eskridge and Cook Cannon, watermen who are prominent figures in the book and lifetime residents on Tangier. Please join us for this unique event, which will feature a book discussion and panel moderated by CBF's president, Will Baker.
Old Fox Books and Coffeehouse will be onsite to sell copies of the book and a book signing will follow the program. Space is limited, so register today!