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Book Signing and Meet the Author:
Christopher Rondina's "Ghost Ships of New England"
Meet noted local author Christopher Rondina who will speak about his latest book, “Ghost Ships of New England: Mysterious Tales of the Sea from Yankee History & Folklore,” answer questions and sign his book at The Providence Public Library,150 Empire Street, Providence, Saturday, October 24th. The booksigning is slated for 12 Noon. This is a free program and open to the general public.
A ghostly schooner glides through the mist off the coast of Maine. A Connecticut lighthouse keeper continues to guide ships to the save harbor nearly a century after his death. Pirate ghosts wander the Rhode Island shoreline in search of salvation. These are only a few of the strange but true stories of New England's phantom ships and the spectral seafarers who haunt the shadowy cliffs and moonlit covers of the Northeast. Tales of ghost ships, haunted lighthouses, and other nautical nightmares are a deeply rooted aspect of traditional Yankee folklore. Some of these legends can be traced to genuine shipwrecks and historical events, while others remain a mystery, shrouded in rumor and lore. However, one fact is undeniable: these terrifying phantoms have been witnessed by countless people over the centuries, from common sailors and fishermen to celebrated scholars and heads of state.
About the Author:
Christopher Rondina is the author Vampires of New England and was a script consultant on the PBS documentary Ghost and Vampire Legends of Rhode Island, which was nominated for regional Emmy. His research on New England's haunted history has been featured on television, on radio and in print for many years, including programs for the Discovery Network and the Travel Channel.
"If you imagine yourself ducking into a dimly lit waterfront bar in some out of the way coastal town, and sliding onto a barstool next to a gravel-voiced old-timer with eyes like Sterling Hayden's and hair like Phyllis Diller's, you might suppose you'd hear tales like the ones collected in Mr. Rondina's neat little book. Setting is everything in any good ghost story, and the waters around New England are literally a nautical graveyard full of chilling tales of loss and vengeance. Rondina presents them here with a dollop of folklore and a side order of atmosphere, history and myth sometimes sandwiched together as they would in the oral tradition that inspired the book. This creepy yet cozy collection is a great read before a nighttime stroll along the sea, or on a lonely cruise along a fog-shrouded coastline."
Saturday, October 24, 2009
TIME: 12 Noon
LOCATION: The Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903
COST: Free to the general public!
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The URI College of Arts &
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