Award-winning author Gerry Hawes will present his book “Albatross” in the library's reading rooms on Thursday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. “Albatross” follows the fictional life of commercial pilot Jack Rheinstrom and the protagonist's near death and life struggles.
The book pivots on the tragic flight of United Flight 811 in 1989. The Boeing 747 was 16 minutes into its journey to Auckland, New Zealand when the cargo door suddenly popped open at 22,000 feet and nine passengers exited the flight and fell to their deaths.
Gerry Hawes dreamed of becoming an airline pilot as a young man. He did so first during peacetime, and then as a wartime pilot during the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. But his ultimate goal was the airlines, which he finally achieved.
After retiring, his decision to turn author was based on wanting to write what he knew about and that was flying. In 50 years of flying the skies, Gerry has seen a lot, which he shares with you in “Albatross.” While a work of fiction, he writes with such authority and realty you will feel as if you are sitting in the cockpit of a 747.
For his compelling writing, he has received the Literary Titan Silver Book Award. Please join us at the Southport Library, 1032 Hendricks Hill Road, for this literary evening. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk. The library doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, call the library at 633-2741.