Assiginack Public Library Feature

Sometime just after 7 am on the morning of October 1, 2015, American government underwater hydrophones in the Atlantic Ocean near Crooked Island in the Bahamas picked up the sound of a colossal thump on the ocean floor. Within days the odd thud was identified as the American container vessel El Faro and its entire crew of 33 sailors slamming into the ocean floor at a depth even deeper than the legendary Titanic. 

This tragedy is now the most lethal seafaring disaster in America in over 40 years. The ship was carrying 25 million pounds of cargo! There was almost 400 fully loaded deck containers, over two hundred refrigerated product units, 149 automobiles and a huge supply of fruit syrup (to be used in making over one million two-litre bottles of pop). ‘Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Mega Storm and the Sinking of the El Faro’ is written by author Rachel Slade. The book contains 26 hours of the dialogue and discussion between El Faro’s captain and crew leading up to the sinking. The conversations were recorded by the ship’s black box and required a very complicated retrieval by the marine investigators. The ship’s debris field was massive and made the search like looking for a needle in a haystack.  This a fast-paced, well-researched book that attempts to find the answer to the questions of how a vessel, well-equipped with satellite communications and top-of-the-line weather technology, could meet such a fate.

‘Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the 50-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man’ by authors Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic is a true story of a sea tragedy from another time. Only a few days after secretly conveying and delivering the parts that would be used to assemble the atomic bombs that were then dropped on Japan, the US Navy cruiser Indianapolis was struck by two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine. The ship sank within minutes, taking three hundred crew members with it to the bottom. That left over 900 sailors in the sea over 300 miles from the nearest shore. Over five nights and four days before they were spotted and rescue arrived, these desperate survivors struggled to stay alive with serious injuries, shark attacks, delirium, insatiable thirst and madness. It is a tale of tragic mistakes, extraordinary courage, unimaginable horror and a cover-up by the US Navy upper ranks and the government. This is a riveting read–a true story more exciting and compelling than any novel you’ve ever read!

Canadian author, Steven Heighton’s book, ‘Every Lost Country’ is a novel set in Nepal near the border with China. It is the adventure of a group of people on a mountain climbing trip. At sunset a few days into the expedition, Tibetan refugees fleeing from Chinese troops are spotted near the team’s camp. Two of their members, a doctor and a filmmaker, rush to help where they can. This leaves the team shocked and stunned when their companions are also taken prisoner and marched off with the refugees. Heighton is a really good writer and the story deals with courage, personal failings and the sacrifices that loving someone truly involves. This novel has well-defined characters and a great plot that draws the reader into an unfamiliar and highly unforgettable journey in an exotic land.

Dog lovers will really enjoy author Susan Wilson’s novel, ‘Two Good Dogs.’ This is a beautiful story of how two very special canines bring together four very different people–all of them struggling in one way or another. This is an uplifting reading experience.

Young Adult Pick: ‘City of Ghosts’ by Victoria Schwab.

DVD Pick: ‘The Command’ starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth, Lea Seydoux–heroes are not just made in wars–an awesome action-filled true story.

Assiginack Pubic Library and its outside book return drop are closed due to COVID-19 concerns. 

However, books and 

DVDs can be borrowed through our current curbside service offering. You can look at our book list and our DVD list by clicking on the ‘library’ tab at 

assignack.ca. Instructions on how curbside service works are also found at that website. 

If you do not have access to the internet you can contact library staff at 705-859-2110 on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 10 am and 3 pm. We will assist you in getting reading and movie materials into your hands. Our Wi-Fi system is on all the time and can be accessed outside the building using your own devices. The password for the Wi-Fi is posted on the Library’s front door. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you and stay safe.