I’m reaching the end of a four week swing across the country in support of Bunker Hill. Here I am backlit by beautiful San Francisco Bay as I speak to readers at Book Passage on Ferry Plaza. Tonight I’m venturing to Rakestraw Books in Danville, California, then it’s back home to Nantucket for the first time since the tour began on April 30.
Just finished up a stupendous event at the Town Hall in Seattle sponsored by Elliott Bay Books. Imagine my surprise when I found myself signing a book for someone named Nathaniel Philbrick! Here I am with the young Nathaniel and his book.
Just had wonderful event at the Barr Library at the Fort Knox army base. Some of the best questions of the tour. Looking forward to an evening in Louisville before heading to Denver and one of my favorite bookstores, The Tattered Cover.
Have arrived at Traverse City, Michigan, after a terrific event at the Philadelphia Free Public Library. I’m looking forward to being part of the National Writer Series held at the Traverse City Opera House and being interviewed by Rich Fahle with books provided by Horizon Books. My son Ethan spent two summers at the Interlochen Music Camp and it’s great to be back on Lake Michigan. Then it’s on to Politics and Prose in Washington, DC, followed by Pittsburgh.
My upcoming book BUNKER HILL: A CITY, A SIEGE, A REVOLUTION (due out April 30) focuses on one of the great unsung heroes of Revolutionary Boston: Dr. Joseph Warren. Warren was not only president of the Provincial Congress and a major general; he was the one who ordered Paul Revere to alert the countryside that the British were headed for Concord. If he hadn’t been killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Warren might have been one of the Founding Fathers we revere today. Here’s a picture I took of a statue of Warren that’s in the Lodge of the Bunker Hill Monument.
In today’s post on his terrific blog Boston 1775, J.L. Bell proposes that a statue of Warren that’s presently located at the Roxbury Latin School be relocated to the site of Warren’s home, which happens to be smack dab on Government Center in downtown Boston.
It’s an intriguing idea and would bring some much deserved attention to a historical figure who deserves to be better known, particularly in Boston.
As it turns out, the town of Chatham on Cape Cod and I share the same birthday of June 11. On Monday, I was honored to give the keynote address at the town’s 300th anniversary celebration.
In the meantime, I’m hard at work on my book about Boston and the Revolution, and looking forward to Nantucket’s first Book Festival this weekend. More to come!
One of my favorite research institutions is the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. Founded by the newspaperman Isaiah Thomas (whose colonial-era printing press is on display), the AAS contains terrific collections of early American historical documents and artifacts. The AAS was a big help to me when I was researching Mayflower, and I’ve already spent considerable time there with my current project about Boston and the American Revolution. The AAS is presently putting together an orientation film, and last week I was interviewed about the unique pleasures of conducting research in the organization’s dome-topped reading room.
The highlight was getting the chance to read Isaiah Thomas’s rather fevered account of the fighting at Lexington and Concord in The Massachusetts Spy. I was also able to examine a copy of the depositions taken from the American participants in the battle—another treasure among many at the AAS.