Don's fifth book, "Cape Cod Storms: The Greatest Disasters of the 20th Century," is scheduled for a 2024 release. Look for the hurricanes of 1938 & 1944, Hurricanes Carol & Edna, The "Blizzard of '78," the January 1987 Northeaster, and Hurricane Bob and the "No-Name" (a.k.a. "Perfect) Storm in 1991, plus many more!
Don and Sally Cabot Gunning, author of "Painting The Light" (which also features the Portland Gale) and President of the Brewster Historical Society, led off the Brewster Book Store's Garden Gathering Author Talk Series on June 27, 2023. A brief rain shower passed through, followed by a rainbow. (Photo by Kari Hoffmann)
What they're saying ...
"With his outgoing personality and ability to speak animatedly about the shipwrecks and personal stories of crew members and surfmen, Mr. Wilding is a natural for giving presentations and talks on local history."
— Joanne Briana-Garner, The Enterprise Newspapers of Falmouth, Mass.
“An ultimate storyteller and the ultimate shipwreck.”
— Bourne Historical Society, August 2022
"Don Wilding … calls himself a storyteller, but he is also somewhat of a scholar. He’s a very dynamic man who pulls you into the stories of Cape Cod."
— Rhoda Flaxman, Retired Professor of Literature, Brown University, and Founder, Open University of Wellfleet, 2017
Other Cape Cod history books by Don
(click on covers to order)
If you get the chance to meet Don, or read his book, or see his presentation, I highly recommend you do.
— Peter Doherty, English Department, Tahanto Regional High School, Boylston, Mass.
(Don Wilding's Portland Gale lecture) helped with my research for my book (“Painting The Light”). A great connection.
-- Sally Cabot Gunning, June 2023
You’re continuing to tell these stories, and as we’re losing our heroes of the old Cape, you’re maintaining that. Everyone should keep an eye on where you are and what you’re speaking about in your different engagements.
Robby McQueeney ("The Dune Tramp"), WOMR-FM, Provincetown
The Portland’s sinking in 1898 gave it the unfortunate moniker "Titanic of New England”. Thank you to author Don Wilding for sharing your extensive research and amazing story of the famous gale, the ship, and the New Englanders who perished.
Centerville Public Library