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DATE: March 30, 2010 9:12:16 AM PDT
WWU Professor William Dietrich Releases Latest Novel in Adventure Series

Contact: William Dietrich, Huxley College of the Environment, (360) 650-3364, or e-mail William.Dietrich@wwu.edu.  

BELLINGHAM – Adventurer Ethan Gage returns in Western Washington University Assistant Professor William Dietrich’s latest historical thriller, “The Barbary Pirates,” published by HarperCollins on Mar. 30.

“The Barbary Pirates” is Dietrich’s fourth Napoleonic-era book starring Ethan Gage, a self-deprecating, womanizing, swashbuckling explorer and jack-of-all-trades with a penchant for dubious choices, saving the world and meeting historical figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Thomas Jefferson.  Ethan’s latest adventure includes a hunt the Mirror of Archimedes and the use of Robert Fulton's pioneering submarine, the Nautilus.

“I hope readers have as much fun reading it as I had writing it,” Dietrich said. “There’s suspense, intriguing history, and bawdy humor.”

Novels in Dietrich’s Ethan Gage series, starting with 2007’s “Napoleon’s Pyramids,” 2008’s “The Rosetta Key” and 2009’s “The Dakota Cipher,” have been published in 28 languages.

Dietrich, a WWU graduate and assistant professor of Environmental Journalism, is an accomplished journalist and author. He has published nine works of fiction and four works of non-fiction. His first book, “The Final Forest” (1992), grew out of his reporting on the spotted owl and old growth forest debate; in 1990, Dietrich was part of a four-person team at The Seattle Times that won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Dietrich will host a book signing for “The Barbary Pirates,” along with a slide show and reading, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, at Village Books in Fairhaven.

For more information, visit www.williamdietrich.com.

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