SCI Announces a Book Signing for Melody Golding at SCI’s CME in Paducah, Ky on June 13, 2019

May 23, 2019

SCI Announces a Book Signing for Life Between the Levees Author, Photographer and Artist Melody Golding at SCI’s Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, Ky on June 13, 2019.

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) hosts a book signing by Melody Golding followed by a reception to celebrate the book’s launch at its CME facility at 129 South Water Street Paducah KY 42001 at 4-5:30 on June 13.

In her book Life Between the Levees, Melody presents an insider’s view of life on the river with stories from the pilots themselves, culled from ten years of interviews. She pairs these narratives with her beautiful photography capturing their distinctive yet insular river culture. “Life Between the Levees is a chronicle of first-person reflections and folklore from pilots who have dedicated their lives to the river. The stories are as diverse as the storytellers themselves, and the volume is full of drama, suspense, and a way of life a ‘landlubber’ could never imagine. Although waterways and ports in the Mississippi corridor move billions of dollars of products throughout the US and foreign markets, in today's world those who live and work on land have little knowledge of the river and the people who work there.”

Hailing from the prominent river family who own Golding Barge Line out of Vicksburg, Golding offers unique access to storytellers like Gay Guidry. Guidry has been “on the river” since 1967. His father and grandfather were both captains, and like his father before him, Gary learned how to swim by being thrown off the back of a boat with a rope around his waist. By age 15, he could “handle a boat like a charm.”

Documenting the river’s wild west past as well as its current concerns with safety regulations and new technology, Between the Levees is Melody’s third published book with The University Press of Mississippi following Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember and Panther Tract. Her photography is on display in the Congressional Hearing Room at the Department of Homeland Security and has been featured in solo exhibits at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. among other universities, colleges and museums.

Golding is graciously donating all royalties from the book to the Seamen’s Church Institute.

For further information about the event, contact Nancy Van Epps at the Seamen’s Church Institute at (212) 349-1791 or [email protected].