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June 24, 2008

Media attention for Blackbeard discovery


Last month I reported new findings that solve a longstanding Blackbeard mystery: the pirate's whereabouts in the winter of 1717-18. The findings have received media attention in North Carolina, particularly in "Blackbeard country" - the eastern region where the arch-pirate spent the last phase of his career.


The central coast's regional daily, the New Bern Sun-Journal carried a lengthy interview conducted by Tom Mayer. The Sun-Journal circulates in Beaufort, where the remains of Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge is believed to have been found.


Earlier, the Elizabeth City Daily Advance, a Cox daily, ran this feature on the discovery. Elizabeth City is at the southern periphery of the Hampton Roads, Virginia region, where triumphant Royal Navy sailors delivered Blackbeard's head and captured crewmen.


The editorial pages of the Winston-Salem Journal also carried a short brief in their May 17 edition. It's not available online, but readers will probably prefer this feature on a new play on Blackbeard's life, currently being staged in Greensboro, NC.

Blackbeard is, of course, one of the subjects of my book, The Republic of Pirates, which has just been released in paperback.

June 23, 2008

Republic of Pirates: Now in paperback


My book, The Republic of Pirates, is now officially available in paperback from Harcourt/Houghton-Mifflin's Harvest Books imprint.

It's also available in Spanish, as a Sony e-book, an Amazon kindlebook, a BBC America audiobook, and as a Harcourt hardcover. Click here to read reviews.

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