Saturday October 7 Events


Eighteen presentations, plenty of book signings, and a lot of historical discussion. So much historical goodness that we need to spread it out over four sites around Lewes! Each of our presentations is listed below in this handy grid, followed by a site-by-site breakdown of who is where. If you can't make any one of the presentations, there are author "bonus" signings at Lewes Public Library throughout Saturday. All Saturday events are free to attend.


Logistical notes:

  • 30 minute breaks are scheduled between all events, allowing visitors time to transition from site to site and/or get a book signed.
  • Two free shuttles will be running throughout the event starting at 8:30 am, linking all four Saturday sites.
  • Minimal presentations are scheduled in the middle of the day, allowing participants more time to grab a bite to eat in one of Lewes' wonderful restaurants.
  • Book sales are available, thanks to Browseabout Books, at the Lewes Public Library, Lewes Presbyterian Church, and biblion (across from St. Peter's Church). Remember that books purchased elsewhere can be signed by purchasing a $10 History Book Festival signing bookmark at any of the locations.

Lewes Public Library Events


9–10 a.m.        The Pirate Next Door: The Untold Story of Eighteenth Century Pirates’ Wives, Families and Communities, Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos, author (non-fiction)

10:30–11:30 a.m.    Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-         First Century, Geoffrey Stone, author, Thomas Ambro, interviewer (non-fiction)

3–4 p.m.                  The German Girl: A Novel, Armando Lucas Correa, author (fiction)

4:30–5:30 p.m.       Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats and Drugs, Martin Torgoff, author (non-fiction), co-sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

Lewes Presbyterian Church Events


9–10 a.m.             A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation, Craig Harline, author (non-fiction)

10:30–11:30 a.m.   Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend, Meryl Gordon, author, Holly Shimizu, interviewer (non-fiction)

1:30–2:30 p.m.     America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History, Margaret Wagner, author, Laurie Fulton, interviewer (non-fiction)

3–4 p.m.                 Olive Rush: Finding Her Place in the Santa Fe Art Colony, Jann Haynes Gilmore, author (non-fiction)

4:30–5:30 p.m.      Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons, Elizabeth Brown Pryor, author, Beverly Brown, presenter (non-fiction)

Margaret H. Rollins Community Center Events


9–10 a.m.          Revolutionary Delaware, Kim Rogers Burdick, author, and Delaware’s Destiny Determined by Lewes, Randy J. Holland, author, Mike DiPaulo, interviewer (non-fiction)

10:30–11:30 a.m.    The Babe Ruth Deception, David O. Stewart, author (fiction)

3–4 p.m.                  Suspect Red, L. M. Elliott, author (fiction)

4:30–5:30 p.m.      Lilli De Jong: A Novel, Janet Benton, author (fiction)

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Events


9–10 a.m.            The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home, Sally Mott Freeman, author, Edwin S. Grosvenor, interviewer (non-fiction)

10:30–11:30 a.m.     Racing the Devil: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery and The Casualty of War: A Bess Crawford Mystery, Caroline and Charles Todd, authors (fiction)

Noon–1 p.m.          Allegiance, Kermit Roosevelt, III, author (fiction)

1:30–2:30 p.m.      42 Faith: The Rest of The Jackie Robinson Story, Ed Henry, author (non-fiction)

3–4 p.m.               The Making of ‘Black Lives Matter’: A Brief History of an Idea, Christophe Lebron, author (non-fiction)