Given the authenticity oozing from Robert N. Macomber's Honor Series of novels about fictional American naval officer Peter Wake, it's a shame his Friday speech and book signing in New London can't take place on a boat.
The next best thing, though, is that the event takes place at the Custom House Maritime Museum in New London. That's sufficiently briny.
Though Macomber will indeed sign and answer questions about his books, he's also appearing as an award-winning historian and will deliver an address called "1863 - New England's Confederate Summer."
The remarks concern a period of the Civil War when the Navy of the Stars 'n' Bars staged a series of raids along the New England sea coast.
- RICK KOSTER
Robert Macomber, 3 p.m. Friday, Custom House Maritime Museum, 150 Bank Street, New London; $8 NLMS members, $12 general; (860) 447-2501, nlmaritimesociety.org.