History Book Festival discussions to start Jan. 17 at Lewes library

January 12, 2018

The Lewes Public Library will host its first History Book Festival book discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the library's computer training room. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk via Skype with author Armando Lucas Correa, whose debut novel, "The German Girl," was presented at the 2017 festival.

The next book to be discussed will be "The Pirate Next Door: The Untold Story of Eighteenth Century Pirates' Wives, Families and Communities," by Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos, who also appeared at the 2017 History Book Festival. This thoroughly researched work takes what people think they know about pirates and turns it on its head by exploring their human side – the wives, families, and communities of the men who have long been considered outlaws and outcasts. The discussion is set for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21.

The History Book Festival will stock a limited number of the books to be discussed; the books will be available for checkout at the library's circulation desk.

Last year's inaugural History Book Festival, a two-day event in October, attracted over 1,000 visitors who enjoyed a mix of author presentations, interviews, and panel discussions with more than 25 bestselling authors and notable moderators. The 2018 festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, in Lewes. As before, the authors' presentations are designed to bring the past alive, give attendees new perspectives on the past and present, and leave them enriched and inspired.

The monthly discussion groups will provide participants with a sneak peek at some of the wide-ranging works to be featured at the festival. A Lewes Public Library staff member will facilitate the discussion groups. For more information, go to and