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april 11 • Kirkus [starred review]

Into the Raging Sea received a prestigious starred review from Kirkus. 

"A pulse-pounding, Perfect Storm–style tale of a shipping disaster.

In this riveting account of the demise of El Faro, the merchant ship that sank off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1, 2015, killing all 33 crew members, Boston-based journalist Slade uses a variety of sources—e.g., hundreds of pages of audio transcriptions from the ship’s black box, interviews with family members of the victims and with Coast Guard personnel—to compile a nerve-wracking, tension-filled narrative."
Read more here: kirkusreviews.com


april 10 • gcaptain

Michael Carr reviewed Into the Raging Sea for the maritime industry website GCaptain. "A riveting sea story of disaster and death. Many readers will likely leave it at that, but Into the Raging Sea is so much more. It speaks to the struggles and challenges faced by all mariners making a living on the sea, and the impact our society has on people when it makes cold, detached decisions and laws based solely on economics and return on investment."
Read more here: gcaptain.com


april 18 • publishers weekly [starred review]

Into the Raging Sea received a prestigious starred review from the international book publishing weekly. 

"This well-crafted and gripping account lays out the circumstances which led to the deaths of 33 crew members of the container ship El Faro when it sank east of the Bahamas in 2015 during a hurricane. Journalist Slade frames the tragedy with a meticulous review of all the ways in which it could have been avoided...Slade had access to 26 hours of audio on the ship’s voyage data recorder, and she presents the actual conversations crew members had before the end, highlighting their stoicism. This is a painful and poignant narrative."
Read more here: publishersweeklycom


april 27 • the boston globe

Nina McLaughlin of the Boston Globe writes, "Boston journalist Rachel Slade’s harrowing, moving first book tells the story of the sinking of the El Faro...The depth of research and reporting, and Slade’s skill at pacing and selecting the telling details produce a richly detailed narrative, tense and sad and true." Read more here.


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: amazon.com


the national book review's "5 hot books"

Into the Raging Sea is named one of the "5 Hot Books" by literary website National Book Review: nationalbookreview.com


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). He writes, "Unlike the authors of The Perfect Storm and other books about marine catastrophes, Slade did not have to resort to reasonable inference and guesswork about the vessel’s final moments. She was able to quote the actual words spoken on the bridge. The mundane remarks about the fetching of coffee, the complaints about the company, the jokes, the giving and taking of routine orders and the wistful asides about home, children and spouses left behind — these details paint a poignant and tragic picture of ordinary people heading to their deaths...A powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly knows ships and the sea." Read the review here: nytimes.com


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, an interactive radio program. Listen to their conversation here: mainepublic.org (50 minutes)


all things considered, npr

WGBH Boston radio host Barbara Howard takes an in-depth look at the story of El Faro with Rachel Slade and Jenn Mathias, whose husband Jeff was an engineer on El Faro during the ship's final run. Air date TBD.

For more information, wgbh.org


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

Rachel launched her book at the Brookline Booksmith.
Location: 279 Harvard St., Brookline, MA, 617-566-6660.

For more information, brooklinebooksmith.com


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 magnificent books including Ryan Walsh's Astral Weeks, which began as a Boston magazine story. Bonus trivia: Ryan pitched his original magazine story about Van Morrison's brief yet prolific time in Boston (the album Astral Weeks was “planned, shaped and rehearsed in Boston and Cambridge”) to then-editor-in-chief Carly Carioli while at a party in Rachel's apartment.


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

Join us for exciting evening in Jacksonville at one of Florida's premier indie bookstores, The BookMark.
Location: 220 1st St., Neptune Beach, FL, 904-241-9026. For more information, bookmarkbeach.com


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

Join Rachel at the tony indie bookstore Books & Books for a reading, discussion, and book signing.
Location: 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL, 786-554-1764..

For more information, booksandbooks.com


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

Join Rachel at the Tewksbury Public Library for a multi-media talk about El Faro. The Book Oasis will be on-site with copies of the book for sale.
Location: 300 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA, 978-640-4490.

For more information, tewksburypl.org


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

Join Rachel at the Camden Public Library for a multi-media talk about El FaroOwl & Turtle Books will be on-site with copies of the book for sale.
Location: 55 Main St., Camden, ME, 207-236-3440.  For more information, librarycamden.org.


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

Join Rachel at the Nantucket Atheneum for a multi-media talk about El Faro. Mitchell's Book Corner will be on-site with copies of the book for sale.
Location: One India St., Nantucket, MA, 508-228-1110.  For more information, nantucketatheneum.org.


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

Join Rachel at the Merrill Memorial Library for a multi-media talk about El Faro. Royal River Books will be on-site with copies of the book for sale.
Location: 215 Main St., Yarmouth, ME.  For more information, yarmouthlibrary.org.


September 12 @ 5:30 PM • Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Rachel is honored to speak at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia about El Faro which was built in 1975 at the now defunct  Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Chester, PA. Address: 219 S. 6th St., Philadelphia, PA, (215) 925-2688. For more information, philaathenaeum.org


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

Rachel is delighted to return to her hometown where she will do a reading at the Bala Cynwyd Library (no, that's not a typo). Main Point Books will be on-site with copies of the book for sale. Address: 131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd, 610-664-1196. For more information, lmls.org.