Writer Mark Kurlansky is known mostly for his intensely researched books that hone in on subjects, many of them culinary (He turned books about salt and oysters into bestsellers). For his latest book, he’s focused not on food, but a place tied closely to where it comes from. In The Last Fish Tale (Ballantine, $25), Kurlansky explores the history of Gloucester, Massachusetts, the famed Cape Ann fishing village that was the setting for Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm and is one of the last surviving commercial fishing towns on the Atlantic coast. Through plenty of colorful anecdotes, his own drawings, and even recipes, Kurlansky illuminates the lives—and uncertain futures—of the fishermen who call Gloucester home.
Kurlansky discusses and signs his book tonight, June 17, at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW. Free. Click here for more.