Concord Reads is back for 2017 with ‘Adrift’

Attention all readers: Concord Reads is back in action at the Concord Public Library.

Every year, the library picks a book to base several months of programming around. These things can include movies, fun activities, discussions and more.

Last spring, the featured book was When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning, and participants got the chance to meet and talk to the author about the writing process.

This year, it’s all about Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea by Maine author Steven Callahan, a remarkable true story about one man’s epic survival journey in the middle of the ocean.

When the book first came out, it stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 36 weeks, so there’s probably something to it.

It’s a storyline that’s sure to captivate: A sailor designs and builds a boat himself that he pushes out into the ocean. When the boat capsizes, he has to bail out and get by in an inflatable raft.

Over the next 76 days, he drifts some 1,800 miles overcoming extreme hunger, raging storms, blazing sun, sharks and more.

If you don’t own the book, just head over to the library – they have quite a few copies available in print and audiobook form, and eBook versions are available online (

The Concord Reads program just began, so there’s still plenty of time for you to catch up on the reading. Once you get going, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the schedule of events, which you can get copies of at the library or on its website.

The next related program will be a showing of the family film Finding Dory from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Four other films will be shown through April.

If you jump ahead to April 20, that’s when you’ll get the chance to meet and ask questions of the author at a special presentation and discussion at Red River Theatres.

There’s a lot more going on, too, so make sure you stop by the library to get everything you need.

Insider staff

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