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Appreciating the Charles River in Needham

Posted by Katrina Ballard  October 25, 2010 09:00 AM

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Author Michael Tougias of Franklin is known for giving slide presentations instead of traditional book readings. On Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m., he will lead audience members at the Needham Free Public Library on a virtual canoe tour down the Charles River.

Tougias is basing the presentation on his book, ‘‘Exploring the Hidden Charles,’’ which he said he wrote ‘‘when I was on the river all the time, and I couldn’t believe I was the only one enjoying it.’’ The book is written as a travelogue combining history, wildlife, and adventure. Each chapter features a detailed map of launch sites along the 80 miles of river.

His best trips, he recalls, were at dawn when the sun was rising and the mist was coming off the water. In fact, Tougias — now a prolific author who has four national bestsellers among his 19 books — wrote his first article about the Charles River for a fishing magazine when he was living in Needham 25 years ago.

Since that time, the themes of his books have evolved from the outdoors to history to survival stories. His new book, ‘‘Overboard,’’ is the true survival-at-sea story about five New Englanders.


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