'Deadliest Catch' Star Appears on Central Oregon Coast
(Newport, Oregon) - Spike Walker, from Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" show, will be the featured author at the Nye Beach Writers' Series on Saturday, June 20. The show begins at 7 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive, across from the Nye Beach Turnaround. General admission is $5 at the door, students are always admitted free.
When producers from The Discovery Channel wanted to hear stories about Alaska crab fishing, Spike Walker was happy to oblige.
Walker appeared in all episodes of "After the Catch," a four-part Discover Channel miniseries that was the follow-up to the extremely popular documentary program "Deadliest Catch." The network hired Spike Walker as a consultant and filmed him at the Lockspot Cafe, a joint frequented by mariners near the Ballard docks of Seattle.
"What it came down to was sitting around the table and storytelling," Walker said of the filming.
All of Spike Walker's books detail the perils of working on Alaskan crab boats. His books include the memoir, "Working on the Edge: surviving in the world's most dangerous profession, king crab fishing on Alaska's high seas"; "Nights of Ice: true stories of disaster and survival on Alaska's high seas"; "Coming Back Alive: the true story of the most harrowing search and rescue mission ever attempted on Alaska's high seas"; "Journeys of No Return," and "Alaska: tales from the last frontier," an anthology edited by Walker. "Working on the edge," is a crewman's term for laboring in the brutal outer reaches of the Bering Sea, Walker explained.
The publicity around Walker's involvement on television caused internet sales of his books to skyrocket. "I might actually make a living in the arts," Walker said.
Walker spent nine seasons as a crewman aboard some of the most successful crab boats in the Alaskan fleet. He also worked in the offshore oil fields of Louisiana and Texas; along the Mississippi River as a certified, commercial deep-sea diver; and in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska as a logger.
Open mic: Following a brief intermission and book signing, the Nye Beach Writers' Series open mic will take place. The first ten people who sign up can read their original work for a maximum of five minutes. Open mic readers are welcome to display and sell copies of their own books. Light refreshments will be available.
Advance notice for Special Summer Events: On Saturday, July 18, Singer/Songwriter Craig Carothers will be the featured author of the Writers' Series. Due to limited seating at the Visual Arts Center, tickets for this event will be pre-sold through the Writers On The Edge website: www.writersontheedge.org. Admission is $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Event details are posted on the website.
On Saturday, August 8, Matt Love, director of Writers On The Edge, will host “An Evening with 'Sometimes a Great Notion.’ “ In 1970, Paul Newman and his production company came to Lincoln County to create a film version of the book by Ken Kesey. This special event will include a slide show, rare public screening of the movie, and an opportunity to share personal stories. Matt Love is conducting research for his next book project. Special location: AWPPW Union Hall, 148 E. Graham Street in Toledo, Oregon. Doors open at 6 p.m.; Film starts at 7. Free admission.
The current issue of Northwest Coast Magazine contains an article by Matt Love about this project as well as a feature article on Writers On The Edge by founder Carla Perry. Copies of the magazine are available in most major cities in Oregon. The articles can also be viewed on the Writers On The Edge Blog: http://writersontheedge.blogspot.com/search/label/Articles.
Writers On The Edge is supported by admission dollars, individual donations, and a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon's arts, humanities and heritage, and the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition. Events held at the Newport Visual Arts Center are supported in part by the OCCA and the City of Newport. Lodging for Spike Walker has been provided by The Whaler motel. Books for autographing and sales are provided by Nye Beach Books. LazerQuick of Newport provides ongoing printing support to the organization. All donations to Writers On The Edge are gratefully appreciated and fully tax-deductible.
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