I love Costco, obviously, but I also love the Deadliest Catch series from the Discovery channel. If you’re not familiar with this television show, it’s about the deadly job of crab fishing on the Bering Sea. It’s a reality show and I can’t explain exactly what I like about it even, but it is exciting and entertaining and I just love it. It is one of the few shows that Dave and I were so happy to see was on here in the UK too (of course, without the voice over by Mike Rowe which we now realize is a big part of the show and the UK guy just doesn’t do quite as good a job). Of course, I’m not alone in my Deadliest Catch love because the show is seen in 150 countries and watched by more than 49 million viewers per season; it’s one of the most successful series on cable television ever. Not to mention, you have to be amazed at the work ethic of these guys (well, most of them anyway). I mean, when is the last time you stayed up for days on end doing your job out in the cold, wind, and rain? There are plenty of scary moments too because of the sheer violence of the Bering Sea at the time of year that they are out there. So, the show follows several boats and their captains and crews. And of all the captains on the show, Sig Hansen of the Northwestern is my favorite. If I were a crab fisherman (even writing that makes me want to laugh) I’d want to be on his boat; he’s totally a hard-ass but in a good way. You can tell he cares about the crew, which includes two of his brothers, even though he pushes them to get their job done.
So, today when I was looking through the list of upcoming author signings at Costco in the US, I was amazed to see that Sig Hansen will be at the Issaquah, Washington Costco on May 22 at 12 pm signing copies of his book, North by Northwestern. I didn’t even know he had written a book. But I guess you’ve got to do something when you’re not out catching fish, right? Here’s the book description from Amazon.com:
The weatherworn fishermen of the fishing vessel Northwestern have stories that don’t come through on TV. For Sig Hansen and his brothers, commercial fishing is as much a part of their Norwegian heritage as their names. Descendents of the Vikings who roamed and ruled the northern seas for centuries, the Hansens’ connection to the sea stretches from Alaska to Seattle and all the way to Norway. And after twenty years as a skipper on the commercial fishing vessel the Northwestern–which was his father’s before him–Sig has lived to tell the tales.
To be a successful fisherman, you need to be a mechanic, navigator, welder, painter, carpenter, and sometimes, a firefighter. To be a successful fisherman year after year, you need to be a survivor.
This is the story of a family of survivors; part memoir and part adventure tale of a deadly shipwreck like The Perfect Storm, North By Northwestern is the multi-generational tale of the Hansen family, a clan of tough Norwegian-American fishermen who, through the popularity of The Deadliest Catch, have become modern folk-heroes.
Strangely, they don’t have the book for sale on Costco.com, but if you want it you can get it from Amazon for $17.15 in hardcover (why is the Kindle version $23.02?). It’s gotten really good reviews at Amazon too: 5 stars based on 16 reviews.
However, if this isn’t your thing, you should check out all of the other author signings at Costco. The current list covers May and June, and a bunch of US Costco locations.