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Book Sale!

Just a quick post to let everyone know that I’m offering a discount in my online Etsy shop. From now until March 27th, you can save 25% off of signed copies of my most recent book, “Shipwrecks of Curry County.”


“Shipwrecks of Curry County” is a follow up book to “Shipwrecks of Coos County” (Arcadia 2011). While the Coos county book covered the area just north of Lakeside to just south of Bandon, the newer book picks up where it left off and continues south to the Oregon-California state border.

Both books cover roughly the same time period (late 1800’s through today) and depict the transition from sail to steam powered to motor vessels that operated on the southern Oregon coastline. The shipwrecks discussed include a variety of types of ships– both large ocean faring vessels and small river boats– and they ran into trouble in a variety of ways. While some of the stories are tragedies, there are other stories where the mariners simply had a bad day but everything worked out in the end.

Both books were published as part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. Unlike traditional history books where you get mostly text and just a few photographs, the series uses a balance of text and images to tell the stories. Each book contains approximately 200 photographs. Most are historical, but in some cases I was able to take updated photographs of the shipwrecks (the ones that are still around) and include them in the books.

Save 25% Off of Signed Copies of “Shipwrecks of Curry County” by H. S. Contino

I sign and date all of the books that I sell. Please let me know if you’d like me to add a personalized message or address the book to someone in particular.

Thank you!

~ H. S. Contino

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Upcoming Author Talk

Hello everyone!

I hope that your new year is off to a great start.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be giving an author talk later this month. It will be at the Siuslaw Public Library in Florence, Oregon on Saturday, February 22nd at 1 pm.

I’m calling my presentation “Shipwrecks of the Oregon Coast.” Since I’ve researched and written about shipwrecks in both Coos and Curry counties, I’ll discuss some of the most interesting wrecks in both geographical areas. I’ll also compare the counties and the reasons why each had so many maritime accidents over the years.

I’ll speak for around 45 minutes and then have a Q & A session. I’ll also have signed copies of my books available for sale. The library also has the books available for check out.

So, if you’re in the area and looking for a Saturday afternoon activity, please feel free to attend.

Until next time!

H. S. Contino