Pirates and picture books at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER, Vt. – Northshire Bookstore at 4869 Main Street in Manchester Center will be hosting Eric Jay Dolin, Friday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. and Tomie dePaola, Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m.

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Eric Jay Dolin. Photo provided.

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, “Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates” 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. 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.

Dolin and his family live in Marblehead, Mass., from which the pirate John Quelch departed in 1703, and returned to in 1704, only to be hanged in Boston.

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Tomie dePaola. Photo provided.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 am. Northshire Bookstore hosts Tomie dePaola in this kids’ event with his new picture book, “Quiet.”

In a gorgeous and contemplative new picture book, legendary author-illustrator Tomie dePaola reminds us that mindfulness – being quiet, still, and present with one another – is a very special thing.

Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators of our time and the winner of the 2011 Children’s Literature Legacy Award for “significant and lasting contribution to children’s literature,” among other lifetime achievement awards.

A native of Connecticut, dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., and now lives in New London, N.H. Visit him online at www.Tomie.com.

For more information on these or other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.

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