ROCKLAND — Author Barbara Walsh will talk about her new children’s book, “The Lobster Lady: Maine’s 102-year-old Legend,” Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. at a Rockland Historical Society event in the community of Rockland Hall Public Library, 80 Union Street.

The real Lobster Lady, Virginia Oliver, and her son Max will also be in attendance and will meet in the historical society museum after the program for cookies and lemonade and to sign copies of the book with the author.

In 2019 Rockland Historical Society board member Wayne Gray and filmmaker Dale Schierholt produced a film about the lobster life of Virginia Oliver to show at the Rockland Historical Society on its 100th anniversary. in June 2020. But the pandemic made that impossible, so the historical society shared the film on public-access television.

Media from 207, WCSH TV and Channel 6 saw the film and produced a feature film about Oliver. The story was picked up by national news agencies, such as NBC and USA Today.

“The Rockland Historical Society is proud to share Rockland’s exciting history with the world,” said Brian Harden, president of the historical society.

Walsh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for newspapers in Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Ireland. She wrote the biography ‘August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey into the Storm’ and has written five children’s books, including ‘Sammy in the Sky’, illustrated by Jamie Wyeth; “The Goose Lady;” “The Deer Man; “Rhoda’s Rescue” and now “The Lobster Lady”, about the famous Virginia Oliver of Rockland, who is still fishing lobsters at 102 years old.

Walsh enjoys writing books about special Maine people. When she watched the historical society film with News Center Maine’s Article 207, Walsh immediately thought, “Ginny’s story would be a wonderful book.”

“Ginny is one of Maine’s treasures,” Walsh said. “His story inspires people of all ages.”

Copies of “The Lobster Lady” as well as Walsh’s four other books will be available for purchase. Walsh will also talk briefly about “August Gale”, a true story about her Irish and Newfoundland sailor ancestors caught in a 1935 storm, and explain why artist Jamie Wyeth agreed to illustrate “Sammy in the Sky”, a story of love and loss.

The book “The Lobster Lady” is available from the Historical Society, Sherman’s Books & Stationery store, and Amazon.com.

For more information on the August 25 event, email [email protected] For more information on Walsh, visit barbarawalsh.net.

Author Barbara Walsh and the subject of her children’s book, Lobster Lady Virginia Oliver.

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