FARMINGTON – Richard Adams Carey, author of the nonfiction books Against the Tide: The Fate of the New England Fishermen, The Philosopher Fish: Sturgeon, Caviar, and the Geography of Desire, among others, read from his work recently at the University of Maine at Farmington’s student center. His reading came from Against the Tide, published in 2000 by Mariner Books.
Introduced by UMF English professor, Gretchen Legler as “deeply committed” to his work, and “moving,” Carey read sections of his work focusing not on the science of fishing, as can be found interspersed throughout the book, but rather focused on Brian Gibbons, the human connection for a story about the sea, about lobstering, and about the fishing men and women of Cape Cod.
The story follows the life of Gibbons, and some of the results of irresponsible fishing earlier in the century. Gibbons, a lobsterman, took over the business from his father, and like with many Cape Cod fishing families the tradition goes back for generations. Early mornings, back-breaking trap hauling, and a dangerous swim back to shore made Carey’s reading memorable as well as personal.
A brief Q&A followed the reading, with Carey signing books while Devaney, Doak, and Garrett Booksellers stood by with more copies to sell.