Date: Jun. 17, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Gabriola Library
On the 120th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s birth, and the 80th anniversary of her disappearance, award-winning poet Heidi Greco revitalizes what we know about the iconic aviator through her new book of poetry, Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart. In the small town of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, Earhart took flight on May 20, 1932 at 7:20 pm, with a thermos bottle of Rose Archibald’s soup and a can of tomato juice. On Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at 1:30 pm, Heidi will launch her book, at the Vancouver Island Regional Library, in Gabriola Island, BC. The event is open to the public, books will be available for sale, and all welcome.
Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart is presented as if written by Earhart herself, and considers some of the many theories that attempt to explain her disappearance. Through logbook entries, recollections and letters, the work explores some of the various flightpaths she may have taken. Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, the first to fly a Lockheed 10 Electra around the world on the Earhart Trail, praises Flightpaths, “In this unique and intriguing fictional tale, Heidi Greco convinces us that Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed 10 Electra went down near a remote Pacific island. This tragic event, and the disappearance of Amelia’s plane into the ocean, leaves the reader wondering what happened to this brave pilot who accepted the challenge of a world flight in 1937.”
Being the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic wasn’t Earhart’s only feat of feminism, as evident by Greco’s painstaking research into the pilot’s life as a pacifist,
poet, and punster. She was ahead of her time in so many ways, right down to the no-nonsense clothes she wore (many of them fashioned after her own designs). A bonafide Earhart expert, Greco fuses truth with poetic license, establishing a must-read book of verse. For more information go to http://www.caitlin-press.com/.
About Heidi Greco
Heidi Greco is a longtime resident of Surrey, BC. She’s been an advocate for the literary arts in her community and was instrumental in establishing two distinct reading series, but she considers her greatest success to have been convincing her city to hire an official Poet Laureate. She writes in many genres and her books include a novella, Shrinking Violets which was co-winner of the Ken Klonsky Award in 2011. Greco’s work has also appeared in many anthologies, most recently in Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia (Leaf Press, 2015) and The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil, 2015).