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Bunker Hill is out in paperback

Today’s the day. BUNKER HILL: A City, A Siege, A Revolution is now available in trade paperback.

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I’m heading out on a book tour to support the paperback publication. You can see my full tour schedule here. I hope to see some of you at my events.

One Book, One Town—New Canaan

I’m in New Canaan to talk about In the Heart of the Sea as part of the “One Book, One Town” program.  After a walk in Waveny Park I stopped by at Elm Street Books, a terrific independent store right in the middle of town. A couple of days ago I had a fun Skype session with a group of students from the New Canaan High School.
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History Quiz Bowl at the Nantucket Whaling Museum

I won’t be able to attend this year’s History Quiz Bowl at the Nantucket Whaling Museum on March 8, but will definitely be there in spirit. I hear most of the questions will be pulled from my book Away Off Shore. It’s really great to have WCAI-FM’s Mindy Todd serving as Quizmaster and Harvey Young of Young’s Bicycle Shop as Audience Ambassador. Nantucket Historical Association always does an amazing job and the event could not be in better hands. For more information, visit: http://www.nha.org/programs/index.html

 

E-mail Contact Form

It has come to my attention that the e-mail form on the “Contact Us” page of my website was not working properly over the past month or so. Any messages that were sent during that time were not received and are not retrievable. The problem has been rectified. If you were trying to reach us in January via the website’s contact form and did not get a reply, please try again. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Moby on Nantucket

It was another great Moby-Dick Marathon, jointly sponsored by the Nantucket Atheneum and Nantucket Historical Association.  Here’s a pic of David Lazarus, island artist and actor extraordinaire, reading the final chapter in the Great Hall of the Atheneum, approximately 25 hours after I kicked things off by reading the first two chapters.  David’s sketch of a whale ramming a ship graces the title page of In the Heart of the Sea.

Artist and actor David Lazarus, reading the final chapter of Moby-Dick

Artist and actor David Lazarus, reading the final chapter of Moby-Dick

Research Trip, Part 3

During the homeward swing of our trip to the Hudson River and Staten Island, we stopped at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut. Here’s a pic of a lifesize replica of where it all started:  the Turtle built in nearby Saybrook during the Revolution.

Bushnell's Turtle, Submarine Force Museum, Groton, Connecticut

Bushnell’s Turtle, Submarine Force Museum, Groton, Connecticut

Tomorrow (Saturday, February 1) I look forward to beginning Nantucket’s Moby-Dick marathon at 9 am at the Atheneum by reading the immortal words, “Call me Ishmael.”

Conference House

Our Hudson River research tour took us to Staten Island on Saturday.  Here’s a pic of Melissa and myself at the Conference House at the southwestern tip of the island, directly across from Perth Amboy, N.J.  Thanks to our daughter Jennie for taking the photo. Thanks also to all of you who posted the very helpful Hudson River info/advice on my Facebook page!

Me and my wife Melissa at Conference House in Staten Island, NY on Sat 1/25/14

Me and my wife Melissa at Conference House in Staten Island, NY on Sat 1/25/14

Bunker Hill Wins the New England Book Award

I had the great honor of attending the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) awards banquet on Sunday, October 6 where I was presented with the 2013 New England Book Award for Non-Fiction for BUNKER HILL. It was nice to spend time with my teams from my US publishers, Viking and Penguin, as well as the folks from the great independent bookstores all across New England.

Here I am with Katya Olmsted Shannon and Karl Krueger, members of the sales team at Penguin Group (USA).

Here I am with Katya Olmsted Shannon and Karl Krueger, members of the sales team at Penguin Group (USA).

Left to Right: Wendy Hudson of Mitchell's Book Corner on Nantucket, my wife Melissa, me, and outgoing president of NEIBA, Annie Philbrick (married to my cousin Ben).

Left to Right: Wendy Hudson of Mitchell’s Book Corner on Nantucket, my wife Melissa, me, and outgoing president of NEIBA, Annie Philbrick (married to my cousin Ben).

 

Bristol and Fall River

I’m on the ferry back to Nantucket after a whirlwind 24 hours. Last night I spoke about the relationship between Mayflower and Bunker Hill before a big crowd at the field house of  Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. This morning I spoke about In the Heart of the Sea at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Mass., which was simulcast to two other branch campuses. On Sunday I head to Providence for two more events. Check out the Events & Appearances page of this site for more details.

Audience at Bristol Community College on Friday morning.

Audience at Bristol Community College on Friday morning.

Launching the Charles W. Morgan

On Sunday July 21, I was at Mystic Seaport for the launching of the newly restored Charles W.Morgan, America’s only surviving nineteenth century whaleship. This photo was taken at the moment of impact as a christening bottle containing waters from all the seas upon which the Morgan ever sailed was bashed against the bow.
Christening the newly restored Charles W.Morgan.

Christening the newly restored Charles W.Morgan.