Come Celebrate the Publication of Giving the Finger

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Capt. Scott Campbell, Jr., Star of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch comes to San Diego Friday, April 11 at 7:30 Join Capt. Scott Campbell, Jr., star of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and San Diego author Jim Ruland for a book singing and Q&A at 3rdSpace (4610 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92116) to celebrate the release of their new book, Giving the Finger: Risking It All to Fish the World’s Deadliest Sea (Lyons Press, April 2), Ruland and Campbell (who goes by Junior) will engage in a spirited conversation full of salty tales about his life as an Alaska crab fisherman. Books will be available for purchase and a signing will follow.

This event is just one of two scheduled appearances, anticipates the April 22 premiere of the new season of Deadliest Catch, and is free and open to the public. Giving the Finger tells the story of Junior’s adventures at sea before he joined the cast of Deadliest Catch. The son of a crab fisherman, Junior had to work extra hard to convince his taskmaster father that he had what it took to brave the long hours and brutal conditions of the Bering Sea. Then he learned the hard way that his father wasn’t kidding: during the course of his career he’s run his boat aground, decapitated part of his finger, and lost a member of his crew during a freak accident. But Giving the Finger is more than a seafaring saga. The book explores the storms he faced at home both as a child growing up poor in the Alaska wilderness and in his rocky relationship with his wife, whom he married and divorced multiple times. Whether he’s describing his successes at sea or his failures at home, Junior tells his stories with surprising earnestness. Foreword Reviews, writes “To fish the Bering Sea in January is scarcely short of suicide—equal parts insanity, courage, and incurable love of the water. A Deadliest Catch star, Campbell Jr. writes as well as he fishes, and that’s saying something.” Giving the Finger will appeal not only to fans of Deadliest Catch but to anyone who draws inspiration from stories of ordinary people who overcome incredible hardship to become successful. Scott Campbell, Jr. aka Junior grew up in Walla Walla, Washington. Junior first started salmon tendering with his dad when he was four years old and has been crab fishing since he was sixteen. The captain of the F/V Seabrooke has been a member of Deadliest Catch 2010.

Jim Ruland is a veteran of the Navy, author of the short story collection Big Lonesome, and host of the reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its tenth year. Ruland is the recipient of an NEA fellowship and was the grand prize winner of Reader’s Digest 2012 Life Stories Contest. Tyrus Books will publish his debut novel, Forest of Fortune, later this year. 3rdSpace is a modular, dynamic hub of creativity and connectivity, where the coworking experience is complimented by unique events, workshops, and discussions in a relaxed, conductive and fun environment that will redefine how you work, play and find your inspiration. 3rdSpace has been the San Diego home of Jim Ruland’s irregular, irreverent reading series Vermin on the Mount since 2012.

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