Watonga Cheese Festival: Get your signed copy of Finding PAX

Kaci Cronkhite, hometown author, will have hot-off-the-press copies of the new expanded edition of her book, Finding PAX available for sale and signing during the annual Watonga Cheese Festival. Location is still TBD, but likely in the Armory. 

"Thank you to Watonga Public Library for sponsoring this booth.  It's the librarians, teachers, and my parents and grandparents who inspired my early love of books, writing, and storytelling. What an honor to bring the book "home" to Watonga." -KC

OKC Full Circle Books: Kaci Cronkhite signs new release, Finding PAX, expanded

Raised on a four-generation cattle ranch near Roman Nose State Park, in northwest Oklahoma, Kaci Cronkhite never dreamed of sailing around the world. But, she did—completing that journey in 2001.

Armed with what she knew from ranch life and ocean sailing, she knew better than to buy a wooden boat. But, when the curvy little wooden sailboat, built in Denmark 1936, arrived in her email inbox, in Port Townsend, Washington, she fell in love.

Reviewers describe the book as “a story of discovery and connection like no other.” The writing is “spare, poetic, and full of wisdom.”

“Boats reflect the soul and character of the people who build them, maintain them, restore them, and sail them. The story is a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious forces that continue to draw us back to boats and the sea…a fascinating and highly readable addition to maritime literature. 

- Ross Anderson, pulitzer prize winning journalist, Seattle Times

Meet Kaci and get signed copies of the book at Full Circle, and hear her speak at the FREE 1st Oklahoma Book Festival, October 20.

Says Kaci, “Not a person who’s read it doesn’t think of someone in their family they want to share it with. The memories stirred, the surprise connections made between generations, and the history it brings to life in what turns out to be 80 years, have made Finding PAX an ideal gift for generations older and younger than the first reader. In Oklahoma, readers range from a 7 year old boy to a 96 year-old woman—whose daughter wrote…”

”Story so well told even a landlubber can picture it all without knowing the jargon.”

-Pastor Ruth Atterberry, Stillwater, Oklahoma 

“…the hand on the horse’s reins and the subtle handling of a sheet with changes in the wind. And what comes from the horse through my body responding like the lift and fall of a following sea or the rolls of waves under the hull. You brought it all back. I look forward to your prequel.”

-Gail Clark-Brodt, Chesapeake Maritime Museum

Watonga Library presents Hometown Author, Kaci Cronkhite

Watonga Public Library (map)

Author, Kaci Cronkhite, who grew up fourth generation on the Cronkhite Ranch and attended K-12 at Watonga Schools will present Finding PAX: one woman's journey for the love of her wooden boat at the Watonga Public Library. 

Finding Pax is a story of discovery and reconnection like no other. Having fallen hopelessly in love with a 1930s Danish spidsgatter, a beautifully constructed 28 ft wooden double-ender, circumnavigator Kaci Cronkhite embarked on an international search to unravel the mystery of the boat’s past, and discovered the many lives Pax touched since she first hit the water in 1936.

The search took her to the quiet harbors of British Columbia, into the industrial desert of Los Angeles’ port, and to the harbors and homes of generations in Denmark. What she found changed some families’ history. “By finding her story, you’ve given us ours,” said the granddaughter of the boat’s builder. The writing is poetic, spare, and full of wisdom.

"The boat appeared when I didn't expect or, frankly, need her. My bucket list was empty. Life was full…But sailing towards me was a boat that would stir the waters, waking decades of loss, revealing history untold, and restoring a legacy that was lost in the wind. For her and for me, I had to wade into that water. I had to go, to search, to find." - KC

Finding PAX is Kaci's first book. The original, self-published edition sold out. The new, expanded edition is published by Adlard Coles, the nautical imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, of London. Adlard Coles is the world's premier nautical press featuring the classics, as well as modern topics for worldwide audiences. 

Kaci's next book, When a Cowgirl Goes to Sea, is also published by Adlard Coles/Bloomsbury. It's due for release Fall 2019. 

 

1st Annual Oklahoma Book Festival

Boathouse District (map)

Meet us at the Oklahoma River for a fun-filled day celebrating the written word. The inaugural Oklahoma Book Festival will take place at the Boathouse District in Oklahoma City from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on October 20, 2018. The event is located near Bricktown, with easy access to Will Rogers World Airport, hotels, and restaurants.

  • Featuring 50-75 of America’s finest literary talent
    • Kaci Cronkhite is among them! See all the Authors here.
  • Panel discussions and author presentations
  • 2,000 – 3,000 anticipated attendance
  • Meet your favorite author at the book signing tables
  • Children’s storytelling/craft activities/entertainment
  • Renowned chef demonstrations
  • Food Trucks
  • Vendor booths

Book sales provided by Best of Books.

It is FREE to attend. We do not require attendees to register but it would be appreciated to assist with the planning process.

Herreshoff Museum: Finding PAX-Solving History’s Mysteries for the Love of a Wooden Boat

Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame (map)

The Herreshoff Marine Museum’s Annual Lecture Series brings the knowledge of established authors, sailors, and experts directly to the public. Learn from some of the best sailors, writers, historians, and accomplished individuals amongst historic Herreshoff Boats and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Tickets are availble online at herreshoff.org/store or at the door the day of the event.

The 2018 Herreshoff Lecture Series is Proudly Sponsored by: Points East MagazineCisco Brewers, and Gowrie Group

Reception begins at 6:00pm
Lecture begins at 7:00pm

Tickets are $10 for Members and $18 for Non-Members

Finding Pax is a story of discovery and reconnection like no other. Having fallen hopelessly in love with a 1930s Danish spidsgatter, a beautifully constructed 28 ft wooden double-ender, circumnavigator Kaci Cronkhite embarked on an international search to unravel the mystery of the boat’s past, and discovered the many lives Pax touched since she first hit the water in 1936.
The search took her to the quiet harbors of British Columbia, into the industrial desert of Los Angeles’ port, and to the harbors and homes of generations in Denmark. What she found changed some families’ history. “By finding her story, you’ve given us ours,” said the granddaughter of the boat’s builder. The writing is poetic, spare, and full of wisdom.


"The boat appeared when I didn't expect or, frankly, need her. My bucket list was empty. Life was full…But sailing towards me was a boat that would stir the waters, waking decades of loss, revealing history untold, and restoring a legacy that was lost in the wind. For her and for me, I had to wade into that water. I had to go, to search, to find."

Kaci grew up on a four-generation cattle ranch in Oklahoma and didn’t see the ocean until she was 21. By 40, she had sailed around the world, double-handed, with Nancy Erley while they taught women offshore sailing skills. From 2002-2011, she was director of North America’s largest wooden boat event, the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Finding Pax is her first book and Finding Pax: Expanded Edition is published by the world’s premier nautical press, Adlard Coles, Bloomsbury who will also publish her next book, When a Cowgirl Goes to Sea.

Jamestown, Rhode Island Public Library: Finding Pax, a journey of love like no other

Jamestown Library (map)

World sailing circumnavigator, Oklahoma cowgirl, and decade-long Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival director, Kaci Cronkhite knew better than to buy a wooden boat. But, in 2007, when the curvy Danish double-ender, PAX, appeared in her email inbox, she fell in love. 

What transpired over the next 7-years, during a passionately determined search to restore the boat’s lost history is a journey that took her—on multiple trips—to the harbors, archives, boatyards, and homes of descendants of or former owners in Denmark, California, and British Columbia. Finding PAX has been called a love story, a quest, an international mystery. Reviews call it “a story of discovery and reconnection like no other.” The writing “is poetic, spare, and full of wisdom.” “It is destined to take its place in modern wooden boat classics.” But, it is far more than just a story of a wooden boat. Kaci’s search connected generations to history of their ancestors that was lost.

During her talk, Kaci will share tales of the story behind the story—including the boat’s journey through pre-WWII Europe—read from the newly released book, and answer questions. “By finding her story, you’ve given us ours,” said the granddaughters of Pax’s builder, Karl Thomsen, who built the boat in 1936. If there’s time, she may also read an excerpt from the prequel, When a Cowgirl Goes to Sea,” also published by Adlard Coles in London (Fall 2019).

Join us at Jamestown Library, October 27th, 3:30-5:00. Books will be available for sale and make excellent gifts for family and friends. 


Australian Wooden Boat Festival: Finding PAX launches in Australia!

Australian Wooden Boat Festival (map)

Kaci will be among the USA contingent, as Guest Country of the AWBF. She'll present the story on the Adventure Stage, and sign books throughout the Festival weekend. Watch for more book signing events in Sydney and Auckland. 

But, don't wait to book your airline ticket and accommodations in Hobart. AWBF takes place February 8-11, 2019

Finding PAX expanded edition, with 30 new color photos, a map of the 1937 journey through pre-war Europe, a new cover, and epilogue releases in Australia and New Zealand, December 1... wherever good books are sold!