9-19-11: “A Murderous Fellow”

September 19, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

“He was a murderous fellow in a time of murderous fellows.”

So begins the description of the conquistador Lope de Aguirre, in a new book by Maryland author Evan Balkan. Depending on who you ask, Aguirre was either a bloodthirsty madman or the first true revolutionary of the Americas. In the year 1560, he joined an expedition in search of El Dorado. Then he violently took over the expedition and led it in a revolt against the king of Spain.

Nathan Sterner gets a lesson in revolution and ruthlessness from Evan Balkan, author of The Wrath of God: Lope de Aguirre, Revolutionary of the Americas, on University of New Mexico Press.

Web extras:

How Aguirre, after a career of ruthless power-seeking murder, became an atheist: Why Aguirre murdered his daughter, whom he adored: Aguirre’s epic expedition to take revenge on a judge: Evan Balkan will be at the Baltimore Book Festival on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Writing Program booth. Below is a full schedule for the booth:


5 to 7 p.m.  Susi Wyss, author of The Civilized World
6 to 8 p.m. Cheryl Aubin, author of The Survivor Tree
6 to 8 p.m. Herta Feely’s assistant at Chrysalis Editorial, promoting her new anthology Confessions: Fact or Fiction?


12 to 2 p.m. Melanie S. Hatter, author of The Color of My Soul
12 to 2 p.m. Rae Bryant The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals (Patasola Press, NY)
2 to 4 p.m. Susan McCallum-Smith, author of Slipping the Moorings
3 to 5 p.m. Cathy Alter, author of Up for Renewal
5 to 7 p.m. Karen Houppert, author of Home Fires Burning: Married to the Military—For Better or Worse


12 to 2 p.m. Alma Katsu, author of The Taker
12:30 to 2 p.m. Tim Wendel, author of High Heat
1 to 3 p.m. Eric Vohr, author of Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctors Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out by Peter Pronovost and Eric Vohr
2 to 4 p.m. Evan Balkan The Wrath of God: Lope de Aguirre, Revolutionary of the Americas
3 to 5 p.m. Patricia Schultheis, author of Baltimore’s Lexington Market
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Will Potter, author of Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Seige


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