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Webinar: Rum-Runners & Smugglers on the Cape & Nantucket Sound

ACONS WEBINAR
Thursday, July 11 at 6pm

Click here to register for free; hosted on Zoom.

Join us for our ACONS (A Celebration of Nantucket Sound) webinar with guest speaker George Michelsen Foy. George is an award-winning novelist, essayist, educator, and native Cape Codder. He will be providing us with some fascinating tidbits and a history of rum-runners and smugglers in and around the Cape & Islands. A live Q&A with George and Alliance president Audra Parker will follow the presentation.

George is the author of thirteen novels, including his latest, The Last Green Light (May 2024). His short fiction and essays have been published in Epiphany Literary Journal, Washington Square Review, Monkey Bicycle, Notre Dame Review, American Literary Review, among others. Foy’s non-fiction has been published in Harper’s, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Men’s Journal, and Slate. His latest non-fiction book was Run the Storm (published May 2018). Other non-fiction works include Finding North: How navigation makes us human and Zero Decibels: The Search for Absolute Silence. George was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction and has won a Joe Gouveia Poetry award as well as prizes in Epiphany Literary JournalCutthroat Journal’s, Fiction Factory‘s and Forword ‘s fiction contests. At various times in his career, he was smuggled into Afghanistan with a rebel patrol and witnessed bombing raids on guerrilla camps in Central Africa; he also worked as a factory-hand, agricultural laborer, commercial fisherman, and as chief cream-pastry transporter for a cakes factory in West London. He was educated at the Sorbonne, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Bennington College.  A former officer on British coastal freighters, he teaches creative writing at New York University, holds a US Coast Guard coastal captain’s license, and divides his time between Cape Cod and New York.

“[Foy is] a storyteller who, like Conrad, can compress into a tale you can’t put down all the complexities of a time and place.”
– Nobel prize-winner Doris Lessing, on his novel To Sleep with Ghosts

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