Local author Scott Dawson is back with another book- this time about Blackbeard, pirates and more! Most of what you learn about pirates is fiction and stems from the entertainment industry. Dark Waters tells the real story of pirates such as Blackbeard, Charles Vane and Stede Bonnet. What the primary sources tell us is that pirates were not the root of evil. They were a symptom of problems that were far more systemic. The politicians who used pirates for their own gain were even more ruthless and unrelenting than the worst of the pirates. The golden age of piracy was brief but had a lasting impact. Who were these men and women that hoisted the black? Dive into Dark Waters and find out.
Scott's previous title, The Lost Colony and Hatteras Island was one of our best-selling books in 2020 and 2021! The legend of the Lost Colony has been captivating imaginations for nearly a century. When they left Roanoke Island, where did they go? What is the meaning of the mysterious word Croatoan? In the sixteenth century, Croatoan was the name of an island to the south now known as Hatteras. Scholars have long considered the island as one of the colonists’ possible destinations, but only recently has anyone set out to prove it. Archaeologists from the University of Bristol, working with local residents through the Croatoan Archaeological Society, have uncovered tantalizing clues to the fate of the colony. Hatteras native and amateur archaeologist Scott Dawson compiles what scholars know about the Lost Colony along with what scholars have found beneath the soil of Hatteras.
Scott will be signing books at Downtown Books from 6pm- 7:30pm. To reserve a copy of Dark Waters (available in hardback $12.00 or paperback $10.00) call us at 252-473-1056.