The Last Sailor & The Wanting Was a Wilderness Virtual Event 12/3 at 6pm

East End Books Ptown presents two dynamic authors in conversation together on December 3rd at 6pm. Join us as we welcome Sarah Anne Johnson "The Last Sailor" and Alden Jones "The Wanting was a Wilderness"  for a riveting evening discussion w/audience questions. 

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The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed's Wild and the Art of Memoir - Alden Jones

Literary Nonfiction. How did Cheryl Strayed turn a solo hike into an inspirational memoir, beloved by millions? Memoirist and professor Alden Jones sets out to explore why. But when a sudden personal crisis occurs while she is writing, Jones realizes she must confront some difficult truths, both in her life and on the page. THE WANTING WAS A WILDERNESS is a profoundly original work that blends criticism, craft analysis, and a memoir of Jones's own time in the wilderness. The result is a celebration of WILD and a map of our long path to self-discovery.

"Alden Jones intended to write a reckoning with a contemporary literary classic--but she has written far more than that. To carefully dissect Wild, she finds she must consider her own quests: her own time in the wild; her self-discoveries as a queer woman; and how she can both live and tell an authentic story. This is a beautiful, lyric, unexpected book about the power of memoir and how desire both leads us into the wilderness and makes for us a map. THE WANTING WAS A WILDERNESS is book for readers, true readers, to treasure."--Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

"In THE WANTING WAS A WILDERNESS, Alden Jones initiates a smartly syncopated call-and-response with Cheryl Strayed's Wild, the book that helped her make sense of a past turbulent with conflicting desires. Embedded in the saga of her own wilderness trek is Jones's open-eyed and completely compelling account of the dynamics of love and sexuality. The book builds itself beautifully as Jones keeps asking herself how to best present her story. This is how craft makes a memoir come to life."--Sven Birkerts

Alden Jones is the author of Unaccompanied Minors and The Blind Masseuse. Her stories and essays have appeared in the Best American Travel Writing, New York Magazine, Agni, The Rumpus, among others. She teaches creative writing and cultural studies at Emerson College and is core faculty in the low-residency Newport MFA program at Salve Regina University.


The Last Sailor - Sarah Anne Johnson

All that Nathaniel Boyd wants is to be left alone on his Cap Cod salt marsh. His hopes of marriage with Meredith Butler died years ago, not long after the accidental death of his youngest brother Jacob. When their father asks the brothers to sail a schooner down from Boston to Yarmouth Port harbor, an unexpected passenger causes chaos for all the Boyds. Into this unsettled atmosphere their father dies, further churning the world as they know it. and forcing Nathaniel to take command and sail his own ship"--

From the author of The Lightkeeper's Wife comes a poignant and powerful historical novel about grief, redemption, and brotherhood set on the shores of Cape Cod.

Cape Cod, 1898: All that Nathaniel Boyd wants is to be left alone. His hopes of marriage died years ago, not long after the storms and the seas and the sails took away his youngest brother. He'd rather be in the marshes of Cape Cod, with their predictable rhythms and no emotion. The Cape doesn't blame him for the accident.

The other Boyd brother, Finn, dives headlong into his fish trading company, trying to prove something to himself. When their father asks the brothers to sail a schooner down from Boston to their harbor village, he didn't expect them to bring back a young girl fleeing her home, much less a girl who slips off the boat and nearly drowns. The Boyd men take Rachel to the nearest home to the harbor--that of Nathaniel's first love, Meredith.

As Rachel's recovery brings Nathaniel back into Meredith's world, nothing will be the same. And when their father dies and upends the world as they know it, Finn spins into a violent rage. Nathaniel will be forced to sail his own ship, taking command of his family and of his future.

For fans of Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris and Lost Boy Found by Kirsten Alexander, The Last Sailor is the painful, but hopeful story of two boys scarred by the loss of their brother, and the men they know they must become.

Sarah Anne Johnson is the author of The Lightkeeper's Wife, as well as The Very Telling, The Art of the Author Interview, and Conversations with American Women Writers, published by the University Press of New England. Her interviews have appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Glimmertrain Stories, Provincetown Arts, and The Writer. She has received residencies in fiction from Jentel Artists' Residency Program and Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Provincetown, MA. Find her at



Event date: 
Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
389 Commercial St.
Provincetown, MA 02657
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ISBN: 9781402298530
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - November 17th, 2020

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ISBN: 9780999431665
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Published: Fiction Advocate - August 25th, 2020

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