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Maine is known for a lot of things, both good and bad, but piracy is not necessarily one of them, not when the Caribbean featured such temptations as gold and rum. But that does not mean that Maine did not see its share of piracy. Award-winning author, and occasional pirate, James L. Nelson will present a talk on Piracy on the Coast of Maine, a look at our very own buccaneers Down East.
Jim Nelson was born and raised in Maine and graduated from UCLA’s film school. Finding that despite being in Southern California, it was a damp, drizzly November in his soul, Jim took the cure Melville recommended and decided to sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. For six years he worked on board traditional sailing ships before launching a writing career as in 1994. He has since written more than twenty-five works of maritime fiction and history. He is the winner or the American Library Association/William Young Boyd Award and the Naval Order’s Samuel Eliot Morison Award. Nelson has lectured all over the country and appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic and BookTV. He currently lives in Harpswell, Maine, with his former shipmate, now wife, Lisa and two of their four children.
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