Just in time for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, author Craig S. Whitmore will be signing his first novel, “The Last Roar” at Ex Libris Bookshop, 110 W. Main Street, Marblehead, on Sunday, Aug.18 from 1-3 p.m.
"The Last Roar” is a work of historical fiction that takes place during the War of 1812. The setting is the north coast of Ohio and Pennsylvania and the southern shores of Canada. The story captures the struggle to build up the American fleet and the main character, George Armstrong, is a carpenter who escapes from the British to sail under the command of Oliver Hazard Perry aboard the USS Lawrence. The great naval battle is imminent when he discovers that his cousin Jessie has been pressed into service aboard the British ship, HMS Queen Charlotte. Reading the book is like taking a trip back in time to when our area, islands and towns were primitive and dangerous places to live. It is a work that all ages would enjoy.
Whitmore, a retired English, creative writing, and electronic media teacher, gained his knowledge of the Battle of Lake Erie while serving as an interpretive ranger at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island. Whitmore is the past host of The Writing Place Roundtable for WVIZ-TV channel 25 in Cleveland. He has written numerous educational articles, newspaper articles on bicycling Ohio's Rail-Trails and is an accomplished public speaker. He is currently developing his second novel, “A Bit of Colored Ribbon: A Novel of the American Civil War”, which will be released in summer of 2014.