news & EVENTS


march 10 @ 7 pm • flint memorial library, north reading, ma


december 7 @ 12 pm • the cruising club, damariscotta, me

november 5 @ 7 pm • the music hall, portsmouth, nh

october 13 - 19 • writer-in-residence, tabor academy, ma

october 1 • new york yacht club, new york, ny

august 19 @ 6 pm • prouts neck yacht club, me

july 20 • writing workshop @ camden library

july 18 • maine maritime museum, bath, me

may 22 • keynote speaker at the boston propeller club

may 14 • paperback release • debuts at #8 on the indie bestseller list

april 27 • newburyport literary festival

january 10 @ 7pm • hull lifesaving museum, hull, ma


april 11 • Kirkus [starred review]

april 18 • publishers weekly [starred review]

amazon's best books of the month

Into the Raging Sea hits #1 on three Amazon bestseller lists: Maritime Stories, Natural Disasters, and Transportation Industry, and is named one of the top four "Best Nonfiction Books of the Month" on Amazon, determined by Amazon's editors. Check out the impressive list:

the national book review's "5 hot books"

May 1 • new york times book review

Bestselling author Douglas Preston reviewed Into the Raging Sea for the New York Times Book Review (in print 5/20). Read the review here:

May 3 • Maine Public Radio

Rachel was joined by former El Faro Second Mate Charlie Baird – who went off duty just a week before the ship's final voyage – in the studio with Jennifer Rooks to talk about Into the Raging Sea, life in the merchant marine, and the El Faro tragedy on Maine Calling. Listen to their conversation here: (50 minutes)

all things considered, npr

May 16 @ 7:00 PM • Brookline Booksmith, brookline, MA

May 18 • nyt summer reading list

Into the Raging Sea made Janet Maslin's prestigious summer reading list in the New York Times, along with sixteen other must-read books.

May 27 • 8 new books we recommend this week

Into the Raging Sea made Gregory Cowles's list of recommended books this week in the New York Times.

june 1 • outside magazine summer reads

Into the Raging Sea made Eva Holland's "Best Books of Summer" list in Outside magazine's June issue. In Holland's review, she calls the book "intimate, eerie, and gripping."

June 8 @ 7:00 PM • BookMark, Neptune Beach, FL

june 11 @ 8:00 PM • Books & Books, Miami, FL

june 18 • inc. magazine's summer reads list

june 19 @ 7:00 PM • tewksbury public library, MA

june 21 @ 7:00 PM • camden public library, ME

june 21 • maritime safety act of 2018 * UPDATE: signed into law!*

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released a proposed bill, H.R.6175, addressing many of the regulatory shortcomings that led to El Faro's sinking. Although this bill is not comprehensive in scope, it is a major step in the right direction. Please contact your senator to encourage him or her to support this important legislation that will improve America's commercial shipping industry and protect our mariners.
For more information about the Maritime Safety Act of 2018, please visit the advocacy page.

July 10 @ 8:00 PM • nantucket atheneum, MA

July 17 @ 6:00 PM • Merrill Memorial Library, yarmouth, mE

July 19 @ 7:00 PM • belmont books, belmont, ma

amazon best nonfiction books of 2018 so far

Into the Raging Sea was selected by Amazon editors as one of the best 20 nonfiction books published this year, as of August 1.

duck boat tragedy, branson, mo

The deaths of 17 tourists on a duck boat in Branson, MO, in July 2018 was horrific but sadly, not the first accident of its kind. Rachel's thought piece in the Ideas section of the Sunday Boston Globe examines this tragedy in the context of maritime safety culture in America: "The maritime industry predates the laws of this country, and maritime culture has shaped how it is regulated, yielding a crazy patchwork of laws. Nearly all of the rules are reactive — that is, written in response to major marine casualties." Read it here.

august 6 @ 2:00 PM • edgartown books, martha's vineyard

august 17 @ 6:00 PM • east end books, provincetown, ma

September 12 @ 5:30 PM • Athenaeum of Philadelphia

September 13 @ 7:30 PM • bala cynwyd library, PA

September 18 @ 5:00 PM • portland marine society, portland, me

Portland Marine Society, founded in 1796, remains a vibrant association of retired ship’s masters, officers, engineers, and maritime friends.

September 18 @ 7:00 PM • wcvb5 abc chronicle

Emmy-award winning journalist Erika Tarantal of New England’s premier newsmagazine, Chronicle, hosts a 25-minute segment dedicated to Into the Raging Sea and the story of El Faro. She visits with several of the New England-based sources in Rachel’s book as well as the author herself. “The Wreck of the El Faro” aired on September 18, but can be viewed online as four individual segments: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

October 13 • the boston book festival

October 17 • the wardroom club, Boston

More than 140 retired Navy, Coast Guard, Marine, and Merchant Marine officers were in attendance at the dinner, held at the Boston headquarters of the Coast Guard. Rachel donated her speaking fee to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and the Wardroom Club matched her contribution.

november 15 • the portsmouth propeller club

december 1 • “on the wind” podcast with andy schell

2018 end of year lists

NPR’s best books of 2018, a NYT notable book of 2018, a NYT editors’ pick for 2018, Paste magazine’s best books of 2018, Longread’s best books of 2018, Inc. Magazine’s 7 Best Business Books of 2018, the Maine Edge’s favorite books of 2018, Book Scrolling best history books of 2018