‘Adrift’ author, ‘Life of Pi’ consultant at Colonial

From shipwreck to Hollywood

Feb 13, 2014
Steven Callahan

Belfast — Steven Callahan, author of “Adrift, 76 Days Lost at Sea” will speak Sunday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St. Callahan will talk about his incredible survival experience and the making of the film “Life of Pi, for which he served as consultant, and do a Q&A.

The presentation is a fundraiser for the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, with proceeds to benefit the land trust. Front Street Shipyard is a sponsor of the event. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and free for children younger than 10.

In 1982, Callahan was shipwrecked during a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean and survived longer than any other lone survivor, adrift on an inflatable life raft. His experience is recounted in his riveting best-selling book. Recently, Callahan was a nautical and survival consultant on Ang Lee's film “Life of Pi.” Callahan provided advice to actor Suraj Sharma, who played shipwreck survivor Pi in the film and created realistic props for the award-winning movie.

Callahan has a degree in philosophy and is a naval architect by training. He has lectured widely and contributed to a number of other books on design, seamanship and survival.

“To my mind, voyaging through wildernesses, be they full of woods or waves, is essential to the growth and maturity of the human spirit. It is in the wilderness that you really learn who you are,” he has said.

The Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance is a nonprofit land trust working to conserve land and water ecosystems in the upper Sheepscot River watershed. Established in 1991, SWLA maintains 18 miles of publicly accessible trails, protects more than 1,350 acres of land and sponsors educational talks and hikes throughout the year. For more information, visit swlamaine.org or the land trust’s Facebook page; or call the office in Liberty at 589-3230.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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