Book Signing With Rinker Buck, “Life On The Mississippi”

may, 2023

20may11:30 amFeaturedBook Signing With Rinker Buck, "Life On The Mississippi"Hickory Stick Bookshop11:30 am Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Road Washington Depot, CT 06793

Event Details

New York Times bestselling author Rinker Buck, will be signing copies of his memoir “Life On The Mississippi” which comes out in paperback on May 16th 2023. This event will take place on Saturday May 20th at 11.30 am at The Hickory Stick Bookshop.


“Life on the Mississippi” is an epic, enchanting blend of history and adventure in which Buck builds a wooden flatboat from the grand “flatboat era” of the 1800s and sails it down the Mississippi River, illuminating the forgotten past of America’s first western frontier. A modern-day Huck Finn, Buck casts off down the river on the flatboat Patience accompanied by an eccentric crew of daring shipmates. Over the course of his voyage, Buck steers his fragile wooden craft through narrow channels dominated by massive cargo barges, rescues his first mate gone overboard, sails blindly through fog, breaks his ribs not once but twice, and camps every night on sandbars, remote islands, and steep levees. As he charts his own journey, he also delivers a richly satisfying work of history that brings to life a lost era.


“Audacious . . . Compelling . . . An antidote to the cynicism of the times . . . Life on the Mississippi sparkles. . . . His prose, like the river itself, has turns that quicken the pulse.”
–Wall Street Journal

“Captivating . . . Rough-edged, well informed, and honest about his own blind spots, Buck is a winning tour guide. American history buffs and armchair adventurers will relish the trip.”
–Publishers Weekly

“[A] riveting, revealing, and often side-splitting saga that Oregon Trail fans would expect it to be. . . . Rollicking good reading.”
–New York Journal of Books


Rinker Buck began his career in journalism at the Berkshire Eagle and was a longtime staff writer for the Hartford Courant. He has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Life, and many other publications, and his work has won the PEN New England Award, the Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Oregon Trail, Flight of Passage, and First Job. He lives in Tennessee.

Author photograph – Dan Corjulo

This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of “Life On The Mississippi” by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525, or shop our website 24/7 at


(Saturday) 11:30 am


Hickory Stick Bookshop

2 Green Hill Road Washington Depot, CT 06793