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2016 Lectures and Events

2016 Lectures and Events

May 23, 2016 at Sausalito Yacht Club, 7:30-8:30. “Tom Crean’s Long Walk” with first-person interpretation of Scott, Shackleton, and Crean from the “heroic era of Antarctic exploration.”

April 9, 2016: 12:00 and 2:00 at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco. David Hirzel as muckraking author Frank Norris introducing his new book “The Pit” (written during 1901, although not published until 1903) and its descriptions of the moral corruption at the heart the addictive gambling with other peoples’ money that goes on even today, on the the trading floors of the futures markets.

2015 Lectures and Events

November 21, 1915: 2:00-4:00 at Shelldance in Pacifica, CA. Featured reader at Pacifica Poetry Festival.

July 15, 2015 at 4:00 P.M. Hancock Point Library, Hancock ME. Author David Hirzel presents Antarctic Voyager: Tom Crean: With Scott’s ‘Discovery’ Expedition 1901-1904, the true story of Tom Crean’s Antarctic adventures began when he signed on as an Able Seaman on the Discovery in December 1901. Crean was twenty-five when he joined that ship, a young man at the start of a career in the iced that lasted until 1916 when he returned home after the sinking of the Endurance. Antarctic Voyager looks closely into these early formative years to uncover the forces at work and the experiences that shaped the rest of his life, and led him into the most perilous of circumstances. Go with him on the first walk and overnight out on the Great Ice Barrier, share the intense cold and the awesome feeling of being the first to discover New Land and the shape of the Antarctic Continent. The great story begins here.

June 9, 2015 at 5:00, Literary Stage, San Mateo County Fair: David Hirzel introduces the final volume in the Tom Crean series. The polar biography of the Irish explorer Tom Crean can be told through his voyages in three of the most famous of Antarctic discovery ships: Scott’s Discovery and Terra Nova, and Shackleton’s Endurance. The story of his years in the first of these is now told in David Hirzel’s new book “Antarctic Voyager: Tom Crean with Scott’s Discovery Expedition 1901-1904”

June 6, 2015 at 5:00: David Hirzel presents “Print on Demand: Publishing through CreateSpace and LightningSource” on the San Mateo County Fair’s Literary Fine Arts Stage in the Galleria.

May 3, 2015: Croabh Haven, Scotland. Official book launch of “Antarctic Voyager: Tom Crean with Scott’s ‘Discovery’ Expedition 1901-1904

April 19, 2015: Sausalito Presbyterian Church, Sausalito CA 10:00 a.m. Sixth annual Poetry Sunday, with Julie Carlson. Selections from Psalms, Mary Oliver, Steve Kowit, Richard Wilbur, Galway Kinnell, ee cummings, Kailani Bird Clarke, and Edwin Fisher Hirzel.

April 13, 2015: David Hirzel’s third book in the Tom Crean trilogy published by Terra Nova Press. “Antarctic Voyager: Tom Crean with Scott’s ‘Discovery’ Expedition 1901-1904” relates Crean’s personal experiences as a member of this pioneering Antarctic expedition. The reader sees what he sees, knows only what he knows, and lives those heady days alongside other explorers whose names will one day become well known.

February 14, 2015. 10:00-4:00. Hyde Street Living History annual character/interpretation training led by David Hirzel. An all-day seminar on first-person living history as practiced by the Hyde Street Living History Players re-creating the year 1901 on board the historic ships at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Program development for 2015, presentations on history, manners, costume and related aspects of Living History by the members. Character and first-person interpretation workshops by David Hirzel. San Francisco Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park in San Francisco.

January 25, 2015. 5:00-6:30 . Irish Literary and Historical Society event at the Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco CA. Introducing “Rough Weather All Day: The Arctic Journal of Patrick Cahill of the U.S.S.Rodgers 1881-1882.” Edited by David Hirzel, this work adds a valuable and until now missing link to the story of the search for the missing polar expedition ship Jeannette. Cahill gives us an insider’s look at the lives and times of the Rodgers’ shipwrecked seamen and the native Tchoutchki people who took them in for the winter.

January 14, 2015. 12:00-1:30. Cruising Club of America event at St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco CA. Introducing “Rough Weather All Day: The Arctic Journal of Patrick Cahill of the U.S.S.Rodgers 1881-1882.” Edited by David Hirzel, this work adds a valuable and until now missing link to the story of the search for the missing polar expedition ship Jeannette.

2014 Lectures and Events

June 6, 2014. 5:00-6:00. Book launch of “Rough Weather All Day: The Arctic Journal of Patrick Cahill of the U.S.S.Rodgers 1881-1882.” Edited by David Hirzel, this work adds a valuable and until now missing link to the story of the search for the missing polar expedition ship Jeannette. Cahill gives us an insider’s look at the lives and times of the Rodgers’ shipwrecked seamen and the native Tchoutchki people who took them in for the winter. New from Terra Nova Press.

May 4, 2014. 10:00-11:00 a.m. Poetry Sunday at SPC. A program of poetry in lieu of a sermon. With Julie Carlson. Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave, Sausalito CA. (415) 332-3790

April 17, 2014. 7:30-9:00 p.m. : David Hirzel presents new and selected works at the Pacifica Writers’ Forum, along with Pacfica poet Camincha, at the Pacifica Writers’s Forum at Florey’s Books at Pacifica. 2120 Palmetto Ave, Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811

2013 Lectures and Events

November 10, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Book signing for “Hold Fast: Tom Crean with Shackleton’s Endurance 1913-1916,” the exciting TRUE story of the Irish explorer who went to Antarctica in 1914 in a doomed expedition to cross the then-unknown frozen continent. He found instead other dangerous adventures on the ice: shipwreck, open-boat journeys across the Southern Ocean, and a desperate winter mountain crossing. “Hold Fast” goes with him every step of the way. At Badger Books, 401 Cortland Ave., San Francisco CA 415-648-5331

September 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sausalito Art Festival. “Hold Fast” Book signing at the Educational Tall Ship booth. “Educational Tall Ship’s mission is to build a historic and sustainable wooden tall ship for the San Francisco bay area.” Stop by their booth, learn about the construction of this new wooden brigantine and the true value of tall ship training in the lives of young people. And, meet the author of “Hold Fast” to learn about Tom Crean’s true-life adventure on the high seas. 25% of proceeds go to Educational Tall Ship
2400 Bridgeway Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 331-3757

August 17, at 2:00 p.m.
Official book launch of “Hold Fast: Tom Crean with Shackleton’s Endurance 1913-1916”
Author David Hirzel presents his new book “Hold Fast: Tom Crean with Shackleton’s Endurance,” the exciting TRUE story of the Irish explorer who went to Antarctica in 1914 in a doomed expedition to cross the then-unknown frozen continent. He found instead other dangerous adventures on the ice: shipwreck, open-boat journeys across the Southern Ocean, and a desperate winter mountain crossing. “Hold Fast” goes with him every step of the way. At Florey’s Books, 2120 Palmetto Ave. Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811

July 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Songwriter David Hirzel presents original songs written 1980-1990, brought to life again, at the Pacifica Writers Forum. These songs and others will be released in the new book “Dreamland” from Terra Nova Press later this year. At Florey’s Books, 2120 Palmetto Ave. Pacifica, CA 94044 (650) 355-8811

June 13, at 5:30 p.m.
Songwriters David Hirzel and Ryan Offield present original acoustic music at the Galleria Stage, the “Event within the Event” at the San Mateo County Fair. Songs and music you’ve never heard before, provocative and introspective folk, blues, and country flavored. All original.
2495 South Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94403 (650) 574-3247

June 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Author David Hirzel presents his new book “Hold Fast: Tom Crean with Shackleton’s Endurance,” the exciting TRUE story of the Irish explorer who went to Antarctica in 1914 in a doomed expedition to cross the then-unknown frozen continent. He found instead other dangerous adventures on the ice: shipwreck, open-boat journeys across the Southern Ocean, and a desperate winter mountain crossing. “Hold Fast” goes with him every step of the way. At the Galleria Stage, San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo CA
2495 South Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94403 (650) 574-3247

Sunday April 28 at 5:00— Lecture “Tom Crean, the Essential Sailor on Ice” San Francisco’s Irish Literary and Historical Society.

Sunday April 21 at 11:00 a.m. –Poetry Sunday at Sausalito Presbyterian Church with Julie Carlson.

Friday April 19 at 7:30 p.m.Fringe of Marin : World premiere of David Hirzel’s one-act play “The Two Hundredth Day.” The setting is the City of Leningrad during the devastating and tragic 900 day siege levied against its civilian population 1942-1944.

Friday March 28 “Hold Fast: Tom Crean with Shackleton’s Endurance 1913-1916” (print version) published.

Friday March 28–Article “Tom Crean: The Essential Sailor on Ice” published in Sea History Magazine (Spring 2013)

Sunday March 10 1:00-4:00 at Pacifica’s Sanchez Library: Discover History combines the talents of three local author-historians. 1:00 Shannon Nottestad presents “Close to Home: Writing Local History,” 2:00 Gus Tjgaard, author of Windjamming to China, discusses in 1938. At 3:00 David Hirzel talks about the adventures of Irish explorer Tom Crean with Shackleton’s “Endurance” expedition. This durable sailor was a key player during the “heroic era” of Antarctic exploration 1898-1917. In the days before radio communication, the explorers of the icy southern continent were on their own. When disaster strikes, you want a man like Crean in your team. A common man in uncommon circumstances, who pulled through no matter how daunting the odds.

Sunday March 10 6:00-7:00 at Florey’s Books: “Poetry in Translation”—Pacifica Poets Camincha, Sonoko Carlson, and David Hirzel read from original and selected works in this multicultural exploration of the sounds of poetry in Japanese, Spanish, and English languages in “Petry in Translation.”

All a part of Pacifica’s 2013 LitWave.

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April 1“Ships of Discovery”  The wooden ships built for ice-work and used  during the “heroic era” of Antarctic exploration–Scott’s Discovery and Terra Nova, Shackleton’s Nimrod and Endurance, the Fram, the Aurora, and more.  The annual meeting of the Golden Gate Tall Ships Society, at the Sausalito Yacht Club, Sausalito CA.  7:00 p.m..  Members of the society and their guests.  By invitation.  http://www.ggtss.org  DiscoveryShips LecturePoster

April 10, 6:00 p.m.:  “The Maritime History of San Mateo County.”  The Spanish Manilla galleons knew it from the sea.  Drake passed it by, and missed the Golden Gate, but this part of California’s coast is rich in history: shipwrecks, whaling, doghole timber slings, egg wars at the Farallone Islands.   $6.00 admission

–San Francisco Maritime Museum Library
–Building E, Fort Mason Center
–San Francisco, CA 94123
–Phone: 415-561-7040    http://www.maritimelibraryfriends.org/events.html

April 13   7:30 p.m.  “A Chance Encounter”   World premiere of David Hirzel’s one-act play at the Fringe of Marin (Program One).  Dominican University, San Rafael CA    –http://www.fringeofmarin.com/

April 15   9:30 a.m.  “Poetry Sunday” with David Hirzel and Julie Carlson.  A Sunday service with poetry instead of a sermon.  Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito CA   All are welcome.  http://www.sausalitopresbyterian.com/home

April 22   2:00 p.m. “Fault Zone” anthology reading.  Author and poets read their works from the third issue of “Fault Zone.”  David Hirzel, Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Darlene Frank, Diane Moomey, Gary Turchin, Cheryl Levinson, Martha Clark Scala.

–Florey’s Book Co.
–2120 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044
–(650) 355-8811  http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com

June 11:  With Mark DeHaas, the Long Splices sing traditional music of the sea.  Galleria Stage, San Mateo County Fair.

June 126:00 p,m.  “The Spirit of Tom Crean.”  The Irish explorer set a timeless example of courage, hard work, humor, and true grit that can be an example for those of us living in a complex one hundred years on.  Fair Admission.

–Galleria Stage, San Mateo (California) County  Fair.
–1346 Saratoga Ave
–San Mateo CA 94403     https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/

June 17:  “Tom Crean–the Inner Man”   some thoughts on music, honor, love. at the first annual South Pole-sium, Jaffrey, New Hampshire USA

August 28:  “Six Months to Live,” a play by Anna Boothe and performed by the Coastside Players Readers’ Theatre, directed by David Hirzel

September 3:  First column published on “For All Events” San Francisco Bay Area review website http://forallevents.info/reviews/david-hirzel/

October 18: “Ships of Discovery”  The wooden ships built for ice-work and used  during the “heroic era” of Antarctic exploration–Scott’s Discovery and Terra Nova, Shackleton’s Nimrod and Endurance, the Fram, the Aurora, and more.  SYC lecture series  at the Sausalito Yacht Club, Sausalito CA  6:30 p.m..  Members of the club and their guests.

November 18:  Pacifica Poetry Festival.  Sharp Park Library, Pacifica CA 1:00-3:00.  Readings from “Sea Sonnets,” along with poets Tim Ferrari, Anna Booth, and  Casie FitzSimmons, and singer-songwriter Kathleen Nelson.

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