May 20th, 2022 I 6:30 PM

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Sag Harbor — The Church is excited to announce this month’s Knowledge Friday with journalist, author, and Sag Harbor resident Amanda M. Fairbanks speaking on her widely praised book The Lost Boys of Montauk. Described by New York Times bestselling author Ron Suskind as “an honest and touching book, and a hell of a story”, the story follows the commercial fishing boat Wind Blown as it leaves Montauk Harbor in March of 1984 for a routine offshore voyage. The passengers on the boat include its captain, a married father of three young boys, two locals, and the blue-blooded son of a well-to-do family. After a week at sea, the weather suddenly turned, and the foursome collided with a nor’easter. Although the crew put up a fight, their lives were tragically lost — neither the boat nor the bodies of the men were ever recovered.

In this “riveting man-vs.-nature story and compelling tribute to those who perished” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), journalist Amanda M. Fairbanks seeks out the reasons why an event more than three decades old remains so startlingly vivid in people’s minds. She explores the ways in which deep, lasting grief can alter people’s memories. And she shines a light on the powerful and sometimes painful dynamics between fathers and sons, as well as the secrets that can haunt families from beyond the grave. During her Knowledge Friday, Amanda will speak on her book and discuss how the second-worst nautical disaster suffered by a Montauk-based fishing vessel in over a hundred years has become interwoven with the local folklore of the East End’s year-round population. Morgan McGivern, a local photographer who took upwards of a dozen photographs that appear in Amanda’s book, will present a slide show of the images during her talk.



Amanda M. Fairbanks is a journalist who has worked in the editorial department of The New York Times, as a reporter for HuffPost, and at The East Hampton Star, where she wrote investigative stories, features, and profiles. Her writing has also appeared in The Boston GlobeNewsweekThe Atlantic, and The San Francisco Chronicle. A graduate of Smith College and a former Teach for America corps member, she has two master’s degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and currently lives with her family in Sag Harbor. 



Housed in a deconsecrated 19th century Methodist church, The Church is an artist residency, exhibition space, and creativity center. It is a place where local and national artists and creatives of all stripes work, meet and inspire each other. Artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik bought the building as a shell three years ago and have led its redesign with Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. The modern interior complements its historic frame and is emblematic of the contemporary program of events that animate the structure. The Church will increase access to the arts for our diverse audiences, foster creativity on the East End, and honor Sag Harbor’s long tradition as a maker’s village. For more information visit: www.thechurchsagharbor.org.


Photograph by Sharon Suh



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