Author John Fulweiler to visit Providence Public Library

A Swim: The Rhode Islander Who Refused to Drown Author John K. Fulweiler to Visit PPL Thursday, June 12
– Providence Public Library welcomes John K. Fulweiler, author of A Swim: The Rhode Islander Who Refused to Drown for a book talk and signing on Thursday, June 12 from 6:30 – 8:15 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room, 3rd Floor (150 Empire Street, Providence).  This book talk is running in conjunction with the Library’s ongoing Block Island Idyll: Memories of Manisses exhibit in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room (1st Floor).

True stories often make for the best sea tales. Last summer, 51-year-old Rhode Island angler Joe Gross fell off his 23-foot powerboat without a life jacket and spent the next 11 hours treading water while creating a remarkable account of survival.

“A Swim: The Rhode Islander Who Refused to Drown” by maritime lawyer John K. Fulweiler needs just 75 pages to tell the life-or-death story. Gross had one foot on a rail when a wave hit the boat. He fell overboard and watched the boat motor away. Beyond the survival tale, Fulweiler explores topics such as the science of drowning, the professionalism of Coast Guard rescuers, small boat design and a human’s response to stress. The book has a lesson, too: Wear your life jacket.  --   Soundings, September 2013 issue

John K. Fulweiler, Jr. possesses a deep appreciation for coastal waters, oceans and the adventures that unfold when plying either. A licensed captain who worked in the commercial marine sector before going to law school, John has practiced maritime law for the last fifteen years and his litigation skills have garnered the attention of publications such as Soundings Magazine, TradeOnly Today and TradeWinds. “Writing and the salty topics I encounter in my practice,” he’ll tell you is what keeps him interested. And it’s not all legal writing. John has built a long list of publications and authorships. After many years in Manhattan, John now sails out of Newport, Rhode Island.

Block Island Idyll: Memories of Manisses features materials and artifacts from the Rhode Island Collection at Providence Public Library and the Block Island Historical Society showcasing daily life and industry on Block Island in the past 150 years.

Parking available at Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. Bring ticket for stamping at Library.