Photo of Peter C. Haskell at age three.
NEW BOOK by PETER CARVILL HASKELL
Later this week I will send the manuscript for my ninth published book to my printer. This book was actually written by my brother, Peter Carvill Haskell, who died in November of 2014. Just before Peter died, he sent me a bunch of his writings with no note. I found out later from his son, Ben that his father was planning to publish an autobiography.
Peter had been writing most of his life and published a book, Windmills By the Pink Motel, his story of his hiking more than 365 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Over the years, Peter sent me many of his writings. When he died, son Ben gave me his father’s journals. I started writing a book about my brother, using some of his own words.
I sent my proposed manuscript to Ben Haskell, a firefighter in Seattle, and didn’t hear from him. I decided to send my manuscript to my editor and former Bowdoin College roommate, Dr. Cal Kendall.
Dr. Cal read my writing and immediately e-mailed me with his suggestion that we put together a book of just Peter’s writings, including his script about his PCT hikes. I sent Cal’s e-mail to Ben Haskell, who responded immediately that he thought Cal’s suggestion was just the right approach, “and what my Father would have liked us to do.”
I discarded what I’d written and started anew with the many writings Peter had sent me or were in the folders that Ben gave me. I decided not to use any of Peter’s journal-entries as these were personal and I doubted if he’d want those printed. We used only those documents Peter had typed. Most of what we’ve used were in those scripts Peter sent me approximately six weeks before he died. Although he didn’t include a note about what he’d sent, I do believe these were his best writings.
Dr. Cal took the script my daughter Jan and I assembled and lined the proposed book up. We decided to include Peter’s “Windmills” book in our new book as hiking this trail was undoubtedly Peter’s second greatest achievement—his first great achievement being living for more than 30 years with Parkinson’s Disease and surviving the deep-brain-stimulation operation.
So we have done just that. Our book, “Windmills By The Pink Motel, and Other Tales From My Life” by Peter Carvill Haskell, will be published soon—and it will appear on my web site. I’ve written the Foreword.
Watch for this new book on this web site in March!