Speaking (a lot) about most everything at Star Island’s Natural History Week, June 20-27

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be the annual speaker on Star Island, Isles of Shoals, for this year’s Natural History Week, held June 20 to 27. [Update, 5/4/2020: Star Island’s entire summer season has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.]

Natural History Week – “Living in a Changing World” — is held each year on the bucolic island, located off the coast of southern New Hampshire, but in a small archipelago that straddles the border with Maine. Attendees spend the whole week on the island, enjoying its beauty and nature by day, and attending daily talks by your truly and others. 
During the week I’ll be speaking on:
* the crisis in the world’s oceans (topic of my first book, Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas) and the warming of the Gulf of Maine (subject of a Portland Press Herald series I wrote that was a finalist for a 2016 Pulitzer Prize.)
* the cultural and environmental history of coastal Maine (subject of my second book, The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier) and a forthcoming Press Herald series tied to Maine’s Bicentennial this year.
* the true story, reassembled from archival sources, of the great Caribbean pirate gang led by Blackbeard, Sam Bellamy, and others — pirates who plied the waters of the Gulf of Maine as well as the Spanish Main. (A story told in The Republic of Pirates.)
* the reasons why the United Staes is polarized and paralyzed, which have their origins in the differences between the distinct colonial projects on the eastern and southwestern rims of what is now the United States, subject of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.
Registration information at their website, and further information at Star Island Corp’s mother ship. I look forward to meeting those of you who decide to attend.