Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 12, 2013

Writers Series welcomes Nathaniel Philbrick

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — The National Writers Series welcomes author Nathaniel Philbrick to the City Opera House on May 14.

Philbrick will be joined on stage by special guest host Rich Fahle, founder and CEO of Astrol Road Media and Bibliostar.TV.

In his most recent book, “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution,” Philbrick tackles the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution and brings a fresh perspective to the brutal and complicated story behind the forming of the United States.

The book has already been optioned for a film by Warner Brothers, with Ben Affleck set to direct. “Bunker Hill” went on sale in bookstores nationwide on April 30.

A champion sailor and a renowned scholar and historian, Philbrick’s passion for history, sailing and the open water are evident in his critically acclaimed books, “Mayflower” and “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex,” which detailed the true story of a tragic 1819 voyage that served as inspiration for the climatic scene in Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick.”

“In the Heart of the Sea” won the National Book Award and is set to be made into a film directed by Ron Howard. “Mayflower” was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History.

Philbrick also received acclaim for “The Last Stand,” a tightly structured narrative about Sitting Bull and George Armstrong Custer.

Tickets for the May 14 event at 7 p.m. can purchased at the City Opera House box office, online at www.cityoperahouse.org or by phone at 941-8082. Prices are $20 advance or $25 at the door, $5 students, $10 educators and $42 for a ticket and a book.

For more information, visit www.nationalwritersseries.org or call 577-6971.