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A True Account: Hannah Masury's Sojourn Amongst the Pyrates, Written by Herself: a novel

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From New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe comes a daring first-hand account of one young woman's unbelievable adventure as one of the most terrifying sea rovers of all time.

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Katherine Howe is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning historian and novelist. Her adult novels are the magical realist Salem witch story The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2009 and was named one of USA Today’s top ten books of the year, and the Titanic drama The House of Velvet and Glass, which was a USA Today bestseller in 2011. For young adults, Katherine has written the Salem witch story Conversion, which received the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award in young adult literature, and a New York City-based ghost story called The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen, which was named a 2016 “Must Read” for young adults by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and which was quoted on the NYCLink kiosk system in 2019. The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs, her latest novel about witchcraft for adults, was published in summer 2019. 

In 2014 she edited the non-fiction The Penguin Book of Witches for Penguin Classics, a primary source reader on the history of witchcraft in England and North America which has been translated into Spanish and Russian.  She co-wrote the #1 New York Times Bestselling Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, out now from Harper.  Their next collaboration, Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune, will be out September 19, 2023. Her next nonfiction edited volume The Penguin Book of Pirates will be released by Penguin Classics in spring 2024.

Her newest novel, a mystery adventure set in the Golden Age of Piracy called A True Account of Hannah Masury’s Sojourn Amongst the Pyrates, Written by Herself will be out from Holt on November 21, 2023.

Katherine has appeared on “Good Morning America,” “CBS This Morning,” NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” the BBC, the History Channel, and Smithsonian TV, and the Travel Channel, and she hosted “Salem: Unmasking the Devil” for National Geographic. Her fiction has been translated into over twenty languages. She holds a BA in art history and philosophy from Columbia and an MA in American and New England studies from Boston University, and she has taught American history, visual culture, and writing. A native Houstonian and avid sailor, she lives in New England with her family, where she is at work on her next book. One time, as a child, she looked up into the eye of a hurricane. She also puts hot sauce on everything.

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