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Statue of Sir Walter Raleigh outside the Raleigh convention center.

Mark Nicholls 

When: Wed., April 13, 7:30 p.m. 2011

We say we know our city's namesake, but do we really? We see his name everywhere we go in this town, but beyond some dude in a ruffled shirt, we really have no idea what Sir Walter Raleigh was about. Historian Mark Nicholls, president and librarian of St. John's College at Cambridge University, has attempted to shed light on this often misunderstood historical figure who lingers in our capital city even though he never actually set foot in North Carolina. With new reliable versions of Raleigh's poems, letters and travel narratives, Nicholls and co-author Penry Williams attempt to shed light on a man who has been classified as a soldier, voyager, visionary, courtier, politician, poet, historian, patriot and even traitor. Nicholls speaks and signs copies of the book at 7:30 p.m. in Gallery C, right next door to Quail Ridge Books & Music. (Nicholls also appears Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Wilson Special Collections Library on the UNC Campus.) —Lauren Shute

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