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Letters From Elk City

Author Michael Tidemann will be at the Guttenberg Public Library to talk about his book Letters from Elk City on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM.
When May 25, 2019
from 02:00 PM to 02:30 PM
Where Guttenberg Public Library
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In 1579, Sir Francis Drake careened his treasure-laden ships ashore for repairs in Whale Cove, Oregon. In his company was Maria, an African slave of legendary beauty whom Drake had freed from cruel Spanish captors. Did Drake bury a Spanish treasure in some forgotten estuary along the Oregon Coast? Did Maria bear his child? Did he try to return to her after leaving her and their child on a lonely isle in the Far Pacific?

Generations later, did some ancestor of Drake and Mari discover the great treasure? Or could that treasure still exist. And what fates lay in store for the many generations in between.


Michael Tidemann spent five years researching and writing Letters from Elk City. His monthly column, Writers and Writing, reaches 109 newspapers in the Upper Midwest and his short stories appear regularly in the Boston-based online literary journal which reaches 80 countries.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.