Former sailor and award-winning author James L. Nelson will tell the story of female pirates Sunday, Feb.10, at 2 p.m. at Cushing Public Library, 39 Cross Road. Snow date is Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Since the dawn of seafaring, piracy has been a constant menace. The pirate life attracted people of every race and nationality … and gender, as well. Over the centuries, there have been a number of known female pirates who gained both notoriety and fortune. Foremost among them were Anne Bonny and Mary Read, whose exploits have lived on down the ages. Nelson will discuss the women who made piratical history including an in-depth look at the lives, deaths and times of two of history's most famous female pirates.

Lewiston native Nelson, a native of Lewiston, who has always loved the sea. For six years after college and a career in the television industry, he worked on board traditional sailing ships including a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind and the Revolutionary War frigate HMS Rose from Bridgeport, Conn., the ship featured in the film “Master and Commander.” Following his time at sea, he began his career as a writer.

Nelson is the author of more than 25 works of maritime fiction and history. He has lectured throughout the country and appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel and BookTV, among others. In addition to writing full time, he works in traditional ship rigging and currently serve as lead rigger on the replica ship Virginia in Bath.

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