BEAUFORT, NC – Award winning author Bland Simpson will explore the intersection of the maritime culture and race in antebellum and Civil War North Carolina in a program at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Registration is required for the free reading and book signing on Friday, Nov. 30 at noon.
In his latest book, “Two Captains from Carolina” Simpson presents Moses Grandy, a field hand slave who escapes to the world of watercraft, and John Newland Maffitt Jr., a hydrographer who sets standards for measuring and mapping ports and harbors. In this exploration of the different perspectives of two watermen, Simpson sought to “try to capture as much of the passion and adventure of antebellum life as I could through two great sailors.”
Simpson grew up in Elizabeth City and many of his relatives were in the U.S. Navy. He expresses a great respect for those who can master the sea, who can make it through whatever the weather. Also a distinguished professor of English and creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill and member of the Tony award-winning Red Clay Ramblers, Simpson will lead a discussion after the reading. “Two Captains from Carolina” and all of Simpson’s other titles will be available also.