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"We Were Pirates" Book Signing

When Aug 13, 2009
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Former Luther College English Professor Robert Schultz and Decorah resident Robert Hunt will be signing copies of “We Were Pirates: A Torpedoman’s Pacific War” Thursday August 13, 7 p.m., at Decorah Public Library. Thirty books will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Co-authored by Schultz and James Shell, “We Were Pirates” details Hunt’s extraordinary experiences on board an American submarine during WWII. Hunt managed to survive twelve consecutive war patrols in the submarine USS Tambor and was “everywhere that mattered” during the course of the war, including Pearl Harbor shortly after the Japanese air raid and the Battle of Midway. He also survived an incredible seventeen hour depth-charge attack.

To capture and recount the progress of the Pacific War through Hunt’s eyes, Schultz and Shell examined his war diary, as well as crew letters, photographs, and captains’ reports, and they also conducted hours of interviews. Their vivid descriptions of the ways in which sailors dealt with the stress of war while at sea or on liberty show a side of war that is rarely reported.

David Wyatt, author of “And Then the War Came: An Accidental Memoir,” calls “We Were Pirates” “a work of historical recovery and narrative art, one that enlivens and deepens our sense of how ordinary Americans fought their war, and then lived out the long return home.”

Robert Schultz is the Fishwick Professor of English at Roanoke College in Virginia. His books include a novel, The Madhouse Nudes, and two collections of poetry. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Award in Fiction, Cornell University’s Corson Bishop Poetry Prize, and, from The Virginia Quarterly Review, the Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry.