Sunday, May 27, 2018

4 p.m.

Reading Room

Author Jerry Hunter will discuss his latest novel Dark Territory, an epic historical adventure set during one of the most turbulent periods in history. This gripping thriller examines the consequences of religious extremism on both sides of the Atlantic during the 17th century, and it poses questions about violence, power, and difference, which are chillingly relevant to our world today.  Part of the story is also set in early colonial Portsmouth.


About the Author: Dr T. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Hunter is an American graduate of Cincinnati (BA), Aberystwyth (MPhil) and Harvard (PhD) and an award-winning Welsh-language writer.

Originally from Cincinnati, he now lives in Wales and has held academic posts at Cardiff and more recently Bangor University, where he is currently (2010) a Reader in the School of Welsh. He was a founding member of the pressure group Cymuned and is former editor of the Welsh Academi’s literary periodical Taliesin.

His first monograph. Soffestri’r Saeson (University of Wales Press, 2000), a study of the use of prophecy as political propaganda in the Tudor age, was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year award in 2001. Llwch Cenhedloedd, (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2003), which writes the history of the American Civil War based on Welsh-language evidence (mainly letters and other material written and published in Welsh on both sides of the Atlantic), won the Wales Book of the Year award in 2004. He has also published a book on the prominent Welsh American anti-slavery campaigner, Robert Everett: I Ddeffro Ysbryd y Wlad (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 2007), again drawing on a wealth of Welsh-language evidence mainly unused by historians. His interest in the Welsh-language history of his native United States has also led to the publication of an English-language volume Welsh Writing from the American Civil War: Sons of Arthur, Children of Lincoln (University of Wales Press, 2007). Most recently, he published a children’s book, Ceffylau’r Cymylau (Gwasg Gomer, 2010) and won the Prose Medal at the 2010 National Eisteddfod for his novel Gwenddydd (Gwasg Gwynedd, 2010).

Hunter is a member of Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain, with the bardic name ‘Gerallt Glan Ohio’.

This event is co-sponsored by RiverRun Bookstore and copies of Dark Territory will be available for purchase.
Space is limited. Please call (603) 431-2538 to reserve your seat(s) today.