In Two Captains from Carolina, Bland Simpson twines together the lives of two accomplished nineteenth-century mariners from North Carolina–one African American, one Irish American. Though Moses Grandy (ca. 1791- ca. 1850) and John Newland Maffitt Jr. (1819-1886) never met, their stories bring to vivid life the saga of race and maritime culture in the antebellum and Civil War-era South. With his lyrical prose and inimitable voice, Bland Simpson offers readers a grand tale of the striving human spirit and the great divide that nearly sundered the nation.
In this interview on NC Bookwatch, Simpson speaks with host D.G. Martin about Two Captains from Carolina and the fascinating lives led by Grandy, former slave turned Boston abolitionist, and Maffit, a midshipman in the U.S. Navy at age thirteen turned legendary blockade runner. Simpson also explains his reasons for contrasting these two men with each other in this “nonfiction novel.” Continue Reading Video: Bland Simpson on NC Bookwatch
In an interview with North Carolina Bookwatch host D. G. Martin, Cecelski describes the many threads he followed to unlock the mystery of Abraham Galloway, now proudly identifying him as a part of the pantheon of North Caorlina’s greatest heroes. Cecelski delves into the leadership Galloway exerted before, during, and after the Civil War. Continue Reading Video: David Cecelski on NC Bookwatch
In an interview with North Carolina Bookwatch host D. G. Martin, Riggs talks about the richness of resources and the comparatively pristine state of North Carolina’s coastline and barrier islands. Continue Reading Video: Stanley Riggs on NC Bookwatch
Hadler explains how this The Citizen Patient fits into his series on health-care and how he ultimately hopes to teach readers how to be proactive in their medical care and enter into a more balanced conversation when dealing with medical professionals. Continue Reading Video: Dr. Nortin Hadler on NC Bookwatch
Tune in or set your TiVo: Nortin Hadler, M.D., author of Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America will be D. G. Martin’s guest on North Carolina Bookwatch this weekend. The show airs on UNC-TV Friday evening at 9:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 5pm.