Upcoming Events for Wendy Hinman


After a brief respite, my schedule heats up again. Here’s what’s coming up:
Signing, Barnes & Noble in Federal Way on Saturday, May 19 11am-4pm
Author Festival, Island Books on Mercer Island on Sunday from 2-4pm
Presentation, Third Place Books in Seward Park at 7pm on Thursday, June 7
Presentation, Kings Books at 2pm in Tacoma on Saturday June 9

Pick up a signed copy from this award-winning author.

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Wendy Hinman to sign books at Barnes & Noble Federal Way, WA May 19


Wendy Hinman to sign books at Barnes & Noble Federal Way May 19, from 11am on. Come chat with the author and take home a signed copy of Sea Trials, her Kirkus Best Book of the year and Foreward Reviews Finalist for Best Book of the Year. Read the review of this highly acclaimed book here.

Barnes & Noble Federal Way Pavilions Centre
31325 Pacific Highway South
Federal Way, WA 98003
253-839-2535

For more details, please visit: https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2706

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Wendy Hinman to present at the Seattle Yacht Club Luncheon on Friday, May 4

Speaking of Ocean Crossings …

At the Seattle Yacht Club Luncheon On Friday May 4 at 11:30am in the Ward Room, award-winning author Wendy Hinman will share the exciting story of a harrowing circumnavigation from her newest book, Sea Trials. A shipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating the globe. Not for the Wilcox family. To triumph, they must rebuild their boat on a remote Pacific island. Damage sustained on the reef and a lack of resources haunt them the rest of the way around the world as they face daunting obstacles, including wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines and thieves, plus pesky bureaucrats and cockroaches as stubborn as the family. Without a working engine and no way to communicate with the outside world, they struggle to reach home before their broken rig comes crashing down and they run out of food in a trial that tests them to their limits. Her presentations are filled with humor and hard-won lessons that amuse and inspire.

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Wendy Hinman writes about a BC Forest Ranger Workboat Turned Pleasure Craft

Read the full article here: http://www.nwyachting.com/articles/hecate-immortal/

Visit the MV Hecate Ranger FaceBook Page at https://www.facebook.com/HecateRanger/

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Sea Trials selected a finalist in Foreward Reviews Best Books of 2017!

https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/books/sea-trials/

Announcing the 2017 Foreword INDIES Finalists

As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Reviews is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

More than 2,000 entries spread across 68 genres were submitted for consideration. The list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners are now being decided by a panel of judges across the country, reflecting Foreword’s readership of booksellers and librarians.

The complete list of finalists can be found at:

https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/finalists/2017/

“Choosing finalists for the INDIES is always the highlight of our year, but the job is very difficult due to the high quality of submissions,” said Victoria Sutherland, founder/publisher of Foreword Reviews. “Each new book award season proves again how independent publishers are the real innovators in the industry.”

Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 15, 2018 on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Wendy Hinman to share Sea Stories with Klein High School in Houston, TX

Wendy Hinman will share Sea Stories with students at Klein High School in Houston, TX on Tuesday March 20. According to their posts and their English teacher, Kylee Nau, they are very excited to find out more about this family that was shipwrecked a year into their voyage.

Sea Stories: Exploring the World Under Sail

Imagine setting off aboard a small sailboat, living off the grid for years, and being shipwrecked at 14!
Wendy Hinman, award winning author, will share adventures afloat from a nearly disastrous voyage around the world. After the family was rescued, they rebuilt the boat and finished sailing the rest of the way around the world, quite a feat considering the obstacles they faced.

From teacher Kylee Nau:

“I read some bits of your interview to my 1st period class this morning after hanging up the posters [about our assembly] and their jaws dropped! I have several sign-ups already from that class alone.”
And the day before the event: “We’ve been reading the Prologue in all of my classes today and the kids are stoked!”

Contact Wendy Hinman for a school visit today.

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Wendy Hinman to sign books at Barnes & Noble Federal Way, WA March 4


Wendy Hinman to sign books at Barnes & Noble Federal Way March 4, from 11am on. Come chat with the author and take home a signed copy of Sea Trials, her Kirkus Best Book of the year. Read the review of this highly acclaimed book here.

Barnes & Noble Federal Way Pavilions Centre
31325 Pacific Highway South
Federal Way, WA 98003
253-839-2535

For more details, please visit: https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2706

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Sea Trials reviewed in Northwest Yachting

“It is exciting and interesting to see the family grow into their sea legs and learn how to live at sea. It is fascinating to be transported back to a time not that long ago when GPS wasn’t even a dream, and digital communication would have solved most of the issues the family faced. … Hinman’s book is definitely worthy of a space on your bookshelf for a time when you can enjoy the immersion into the Wilcox family’s adventure-filled trip around the world. —Northwest Yachting Magazine

Read the full review NW Yachting – ST book review.

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Book Club Discussion Questions for Sea Trials

Book Club Discussion Questions

Sea Trials: Around the World With Duct Tape and Bailing Wire by Wendy Hinman

To download a printable PDF of these questions, click Here.

1. What drew you into the story and kept you reading? Was it the characters or the drama of the story? What most fascinated you about this story? What aspect most frightened you?

2. Which character could you most relate to in the story? Least?

3. What do you think was the most challenging aspect of their journey? Would you have kept going? At what point would you have been tempted to give up on this dream?

4. Have you ever had a goal you pursued obsessively while everyone around you thought you were crazy? Has anyone close to you ever been driven to reach a goal? Have you ever bought into someone else’s goal and regretted it later?

5. What do you think of taking kids on a voyage like this? Do you think the parents were irresponsible? Or did they expose their children to a unique educational opportunity?

6. How did the relationships between family members evolve during the journey, and how did that affect the outcome? What do you think each character takes from the journey?

7. What was your reaction when the family completed their epic voyage against-all-odds? Do you think the costs were worth the effort?

8. Who do you think is the real hero of the story? What makes him/her a hero?

9. Could this story happen in an era of instant communication and modern navigation? Have we lost some of our sense of adventure and self-sufficiency with the development of technology?

10. Consider the contrast between the freedom of the open ocean and the limitations of the cramped quarters and the family’s resources. In a sense, the family’s world is broadened and narrowed at the same time. How does this affect their outlook? What observations can you make about the opportunity to explore the world and its many cultures first-hand and doing so within the confines of doing it slowly under sail with limited resources?

11. Do you think it was inevitable that Dawn would leave Chuck? Do you see a recognition of her abilities as leading to her decision?

12. During the course of the journey, life is boiled down into its most basic elements for survival, both mental and physical. Does it affect the way you see the world and privilege?

13. What did you take away from this story?

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Eagle Harbor Book Company Selects Sea Trials for Readers Circle Book Club Discussion

On Tuesday, March 6, at 7pm, the Eagle Harbor Book Company’s Readers Circle Book Club will discuss Sea Trials by Wendy Hinman. Pick up your copy at Eagle Harbor Book Company, read and then come join the discussion. For more details, please visit http://www.eagleharborbooks.com/BookGroup/EagleHarborReadersCircle

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