The downtown Left Bank Books will host two stars of the literary and nautical world within two days of each other. Linda Greenlaw will give a talk and sign her just-released “Bimini Twist,” fourth book in the Maine-based Jane Bunker mystery series, Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at First Church (see link below); and New York Times bestselling author and historian Nathanial Philbrick will sign his “latest” book Saturday, June 30, from noon to 2 p.m., at the shop, 109 Church St.

Philbrick, author of the newly released edition of “Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together,” will be part of an informal meet-and-greet signing. Long before he became an acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author, Philbrick, at just 22, won the Sunfish North American Championship — one of sailing’s most competitive small-boat races. At 36, he was a stay-at-home dad living on Nantucket with his growing family, trying to transition from journalist to author. With his writing career at a standstill (it would be eight years until he published the National Book Award-winning “In the Heart of the Sea”), and his kids urging him to “get a life,” Philbrick reconnected with the sport of sailing. “Second Wind” chronicles his sailing comeback, and the year that proved to be pivotal in his writing career.

Since the original publication of “Second Wind” in 1999, many of the Philbrick’s books — including “Mayflower,” finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; “Valiant Ambition,” winner of the George Washington Prize; “Bunker Hill,” “Sea of Glory” and “Why Read Moby Dick” — have explored America’s relationship with the sea. In this new edition of Second Wind, with verve, humility, and insight, Philbrick explores his own relationship to the water and pulls back the curtain on a little-known and extraordinarily liberating period of his life that gave his history writing career a second wind.

Reservations for Greenlaw’s talk and signing are strongly encouraged; email or call 338-9009 to reserve a seat. Philbrick’s book signing is more informal; fans are welcome to drop in any time between noon and 2 p.m. to meet him and have books signed.

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