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Book Talk & Signing: Greg Flemming, author of At the Point of a Cutlass
Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:30 PM-8:15 PM
Cost: Free and Open to All
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Meeting Room (3rd Floor)
Setting the Standard for “Lost” and “Survivor”
At the Point of a Cutlass traces the three-year odyssey of history’s most remarkable pirate captive, a nineteen-year old fisherman named Philip Ashton. Taken in a surprise attack near Nova Scotia in June 1722, Ashton was forced to sail across the Atlantic and back with a crew under the command of Edward Low, a man so vicious he tortured victims by slicing off an ear or nose and roasting them over a fire.
Like many forced men, Ashton thought constantly about escaping. In March of 1723, he saw his chance when Low’s crew anchored at the secluded island of Roatan, at the western edge of the Caribbean. Ashton fled into the thick, overgrown woods and, for more than a year, had to claw out a living on the remote strip of land, completely alone and with practically nothing to sustain him. Based on Ashton’s own first-hand account, as well trial records, logbooks, and a wealth of other archival evidence, At the Point of a Cutlass pieces together the unforgettable story of a man thrust into the violent world of a pirate ship and his daring survival and escape.
The author draws not only on Ashton’s own first person account, but also a wealth of other materials including hundreds of colonial newspaper reports, trial records and the hand-written log books and correspondence from the British warships that patrolled the Bay of Honduras and fought Edward Low’s pirate crew.
Greg is a former journalist with a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. At the Point of a Cutlass is Greg’s first book.
Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. Bring ticket to the library for validation.