Captain Bill Pinkney to Sign his Children's Book at Chicago Maritime Museum

Captain Bill Pinkney to Sign his Children's Book at Chicago Maritime Museum

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The event is no longer taking place on Monday, May 16th. We will announce the new date shortly.

A new children's book, written by Captain Bill Pinkney and illustrated by noted Chicago artist Pamela C. Rice, tells the story of Captain Bill's historic solo sail around the world in 1990.

Sailing Commitment Around the World aims to inspire readers from 8 to 12-years-old with stories, adventures, and sights of the voyage and the lessons Captain Bill learned at sea: dream big, persevere and and don't be distracted by hurdles that come with moving forward.

"From first page to last, Captain Bill Pinkney's captivating children's book, Sailing Commitment Around the World, is nothing less than a delight," says Cruising World Magazine's executive editor, Herb McCormick. "Beautifully illustrated with full-color paintings by noted artist Pamela C. Rice, the book is most certainly a true-life adventure tale, but it's also something even better: an inspirational story about a kid with a dream -- like all kids -- who ultimately had the courage and drive to fully realize it. With simple but memorable prose, and a message with lessons learned that will resonate with readers young and old, Captain Pinkney's Commitment wasn't just the name of his boat, it was the driving force behind a historic, once-in-a-lifetime voyage. Bravo."

A product of the Chicago Public Schools, Captain Bill's solo efforts were tracked and used in CPS programs during his voyage. Gaining his sea legs on Lake Michigan, Captain Bill is proud to say he is a freshwater sailor who turned “salty." Though his book is focused on youngsters, adults will enjoy following the adventures that took place during this South Sider's middle-age years.

Captain Bill is both the first Black man to solo sail around the Earth via Cape Horn, and to receive the "Lifetime Achievement Award'' by the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. He is the author of two other books: Captain Bill Pinkney’s Journey, a Basal reader for first graders and his autobiography, As Long as It Takes. The documentary of his voyage won the George Foster Peabody award for children's programming. This fall, Mystic Seaport Museum will present Pinkney with the “America and the Sea” award at a gala in New York City.

An exhibit of his artifacts and audio-visual presentation is being planned by the Chicago Maritime Museum for later this year

Pinkney will be signing his book and telling stories of his adventures on Monday, May 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chicago Maritime Museum in the Bridgeport Art Center at 1200 West 35th Street. Children are welcome and will be seated in a special reading circle to hear Captain Bill read from his book and participate in a question and answer session.

If you would like to have a copy of the book signed by Captain Bill, please purchase the pre-order with your ticket. We cannot guarantee a copy for anyone who has not pre-ordered.

For more information:

Mary Ann O'Rourke

Communications Director

Chicago Maritime Museum

847-567-8456

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