“Crossbones,” the new television series based on Colin Woodard’s nonfiction book “The Republic of Pirates,” is set to premiere on NBC Friday, May 30, at 10 p.m. The show stars John Malkovich as Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard.

Woodard, who has made many a book-related appearance around the Midcoast, is an award-winning author and journalist. He currently is the State and National Affairs Writer for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, where he received a 2012 George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. He also writes for Washington Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor and The Chronicle of Higher Education; and reviews books for the Washington Post. A native of Maine, he has reported from more than 50 foreign countries and six continents and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe. He recently was named one of the Best State Capitol Reporters in America by the Washington Post.

Woodard is the author of the New England bestseller “The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier” (2004), a cultural and environmental history of coastal Maine; “Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas” (2000), a narrative nonfiction account of the deterioration of the world's oceans; and “The Republic of Pirates: Being The True And Surprising Story Of The Caribbean Pirates And The Man Who Brought Them Down,” on which the forthcoming television series is based.

His fourth book, “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America” was named one of the Best Books of 2011 by the editors of The New Republic and The Globalist and won the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Non-Fiction.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.