Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 18, 2011

Author/Journalist Warren Richey to Speak About 1200-Mile Sea Kayak Journey 3/31 at Blake Library


 Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                            

DATE:  MARCH 15, 2011                                                                     


Journalist brings harrowing kayaking tale

to Blake Library March 31


WHO:                    Martin County Library System

WHAT:                  Without a Paddle: Racing Twelve Hundred Miles Around Florida by Sea Kayak

Presented by Warren Richey

Warren Richey’s memoir “Without a Paddle” is a remarkable physical and emotional journey that cuts to the heart of what it means to be a man, a husband, and a father.  The author and journalist will discuss and answer questions about his book 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, as part of the Chautauqua South arts and literary series.  Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing.  The program is free and open to the public.

As far as Warren Richey knew, his life was on course.  A reporter with a beautiful wife and talented son, Richey couldn’t imagine how it could be any better.  Then his marriage fell apart and he couldn’t imagine how it could be any worse.  The divorce left Richey questioning everything, while struggling to find a way forward. To get his bearings, he entered the first Ultimate Florida Challenge, an all-out twelve-hundred-mile kayak race around Florida.

The UFC is less of a race than it is a dare or a threat.  The 30-day deadline set a grueling, 24-hour-a-day pace through shark- , alligator- , and even python-infested waters.  But those 1200 miles were only a fraction of a journey that pulled Richey back to when he was embedded with troops in Iraq, reporting on missing children, and hiking the mountains of Montana with his son, and showed him where he went wrong, where he went right, and how to do it better the second time around. 

WARREN RICHEY’s career as a journalist has taken him from his hometown paper in Red Bank, New Jersey, to assignments around the world. Currently with The Christian Science Monitor, he splits his time between Florida and Washington, D.C.


WHEN:                  Thursday, March 31, 6:30 p.m.     

WHERE:                Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:                    Free and open to the public.

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library website,



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