Maritime Historian Lincoln Paine to Visit Greenwich Library on November 7

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On Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m., AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary will present maritime historian Lincoln Paine, author of The Sea and Civilization, in the Meeting Room. 

In this new book, Paine retells human history through the lens of maritime travel. In an accessible work of scholarship, Paine reveals how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world's waterways. 

Publishers Weekly writes, "Readers expecting a naval history will receive much more: a thorough history of the people, the ports, and the cultural activity taking place on the water. Paine has compiled an invaluable resource for salty dogs and land-lubbers alike." 

Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. He reacquaints us with the great seafaring cultures of antiquity like those of the Phoenicians and Greeks, as well as those of India and Asia who parlayed their navigational and shipbuilding skills into an impressive era of prosperity. 

Lincoln Paine is the author of five books and more than fifty articles, reviews, and lectures on various aspects of maritime history. His earlier books include Down East: A Maritime History of Maine, followed by Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia, and Beyond the Dead White Whales: Literature of the Sea and Maritime History. He serves on the boards of the Maine Maritime Museum and The Telling Room, a non-profit writing center for children and young adults. He lives in Portland, Maine with his wife and two daughters, both of whom are named for ships. Click here to visit his website.

Check availability for books by Lincoln Paine in the Greenwich Library catalogue.

AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books. This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Meeting Room is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933,, or visit

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