Author Nathaniel Philbrick visits the Massasoit’s home town

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of the book Mayflower and a dozen other highly acclaimed historical novels, held his first book signing since the pandemic hit at the Ink Fish Bookstore in downtown Warren, RI on June 27, 2021. Warren is thought to be the location of the Massasoit’s village in Sowams during the 17th century. (Above) Philbrick talks with William “Winds of Thunder” Guy, today’s Sagamore of the Pokanoket Tribe that Philbrick wrote about and who he first met in 2019. Click here for 4-minute video of the event.

Author Philbrick spent about two hours chatting with fans and signing books, including his highly acclaimed book Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, first published in 2007, that provides the most readable account of what occurred in and around today’s Town of Warren, Rhode Island, in the 17th century.

Philbrick poses for photos with Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator David Weed and with Lisa Valentino, owner of the Ink Fish Bookstore in downtown Warren, RI who hosted the book signing event.

Philbrick spent almost two hours talking with people who already knew him and those who met him for the first time, including Warren resident Jennifer Reynolds-Lial. Philbrick stands next to a recently-completed painting of Sowams, the village that the Massasoit Ousamequin lived in at the time that the Pilgrims arrived in Patuxet, today’s Plymouth, MA.