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SummerQuest: Discover Treasure ~ Pirates of the Past (adults)

July 13 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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* The first 25 attendees to reserve a seat for “Pirates of the Past” at bit.ly/SQpirates will receive a copy of Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates.

Join us in the Community Room for a virtual discussion with Eric Jay Dolin, best-selling author of “Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates”. Learn the truth about pirates of the past, and separate the myths and legends from the facts. Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age” – spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s – when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Dolan illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of colonial solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

A discussion with the author on the racial diversity of pirates will follow the main presentation, including the impact of slave trading on piracy, and how pirates of different races are portrayed in modern media.

Space is limited and registration is required at bit.ly/SQpirates. The first 25 registrants will receive a copy of Dolin’s book, Black Flag, Blue Waters.

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The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates
(Liveright (imprint of W. W. Norton), ISBN 978-1-63149-2105, 416 pages, 2018, $29.95)​

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”—spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of colonial solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates’ manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop, evangelist Cotton Mather, and young Benjamin Franklin. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

Black Flags, Blue Waters’ is rumbustious enough for the adventure-hungry, but it also hews to the facts as they are known about the pirate lives and activities during the Golden Age of Piracy. . . . Dolin’s book is not only a fine entertainment, but it draws the pirate in a clear light. These weren’t “misanthropic loners with anger issues.” No, “their selfish goal was to take money from the rich, or from anyone for that matter, and give it to the poor people they cared about most — themselves! Pirates had no broader or altruistic political agenda, and gravitated to this lifestyle for monetary gain, not to enact social change.” No Robin Hoods these blokes, but industrious devils with greed issues. Sounds familiar enough.
—Peter Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of fifteen books, including Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History. His most recent book before Rebels at Sea is A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes, which was a Kirkus Prize finalist, and chosen as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Booklist, Library Journal, and the editors at Amazon. It was also selected as a “Must Read” book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book for 2021. Prior to A Furious Sky, he published Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates, which was chosen as a “Must Read” book for 2019 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and was a finalist for the 2019 Julia Ward Howe Award given by the Boston Author’s Club. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD in environmental policy, Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family. For more information, please see www.ericjaydolin.com.

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July 13
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Adults
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Cambria County Library
248 Main Street
Johnstown, PA 15901 United States
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814-536-5131
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