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Meet The Author Of 'The Finest Hours', Screen Film At Tewksbury Public Library

May 19, 2016 11:58AM ● By Robert Hayes

Author Michael Tougias

TEWKSBURY, MA – New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias will discuss his popular book, “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue” on Thursday, May 26 at 7pm.

Disney recently made “The Finest Hours” into a Hollywood blockbuster film, starring Chris Pine, Eric Bana, and Casey Affleck.  The library will be screening the film twice, the day after Tougias visits, on Friday, May 27 at 10:30am and 8pm.  Movie refreshments will be served.

The book and film tell the real life story of one of the most courageous rescue attempts in American maritime history.  As Disney describes it, in February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.

Michael Tougias is a prolific bestselling author.  He has written 24 books, including bestsellers: “The Finest Hours,” “Fatal Forecast,” “Overborad,” and “King Philip's War.” Tougias lectures across the country on each of his book topics.  This is his first ever trip to Tewksbury.

Adults and teens from Tewksbury and beyond are invited to attend this free hour-long event.  A Q&A and book selling and signing – for those interested – will take place after the presentation.  Due to limited space, attendees are asked to pre-register and reserve their seats by calling 978-640-4490 x 205, emailing, or visiting the library’s online calendar of events at The event will take place in the library’s first-floor, handicap-accessible Meeting Room.  The library is located at 300 Chandler Street, at the corner of Chandler and Main Street (Route 38).

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