Jay Atkinson, known as the “bard of New England toughness,” will be North Shore Community College’s 2017 Visiting Writer. Atkinson, a local best-selling non-fiction writer, short story writer, novelist, and journalist will be reading from a variety of his works, including Massacre on the Merrimack, his gripping account of a true life captivity and revenge incident in colonial Massachusetts.
“Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki warriors raided the English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Striking swiftly, the Abenaki killed twenty-seven men, women, and children, and took thirteen captives, including thirty-nine-year-old Hannah Duston and her week-old daughter, Martha.” The story of their harrowing escape reads like a suspense-thriller while also raising provocative and disturbing questions about the tragic intersection of Native American culture and European colonialism.
Atkinson has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times with Publisher’s Weekly describing his “storytelling skills” as “superb.”
The readings will take place on Thursday, April 20th, at 9:30am and 11am in the Danvers Campus library, 1 Ferncroft Road and on Tuesday, April 25th at 9:30am and 11am in the Lynn Campus gym, 300 Broad Street. The readings are free and open to the public.
For more information on the public readings, contact John Zamparelli at email@example.com or at 781-593-6722, x6239.