Nick Dybek reads from his novel "When Captain Flint Was Still A Good Man"
04/26/2012 7:00 pm
Louis Stevenson would be proud of Nick Dybek. . . . He delivers a
page-turner full of danger, secrets, and betrayals."--Stewart O'Nan,
author of Emily, Alone
fall, the men of Loyalty Island sail from the Olympic Peninsula up to
the Bering Sea to spend the winter catching king crab. Their dangerous
occupation keeps food on the table but constantly threatens to leave
empty seats around it.
Cal, Alaska remains as mythical and mysterious as Treasure Island, and
the stories his father returns with are as mesmerizing as those he once
invented about Captain Flint before he turned pirate. But while Cal is
too young to accompany his father, he is old enough to know that
everything depends on the fate of those few boats thousands of miles to
the north. He is also old enough to feel the tension between his parents
over whether he will follow in his father's footsteps. And old enough
to wonder about his mother's relationship with John Gaunt, owner of the
and suspenseful . . . Dybek manages to create [a] genuine
tragedy-powerful, mythic, unforgettable."--Jaimy Gordon, author of Lord of Misrule
Dybek is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Iowa Writers'
Workshop. He is the recipient of a Hopwood Award for short fiction, a
Maytag Fellowship, and a 2010 James Michener- Copernicus Society of
America Award. Dybek lives in New York City.