Award-winning Stephen Puleo is the author of Voyage of Mercy,
American Treasures, The Caning, A City So Grand, The Boston Italians,
Due to Enemy Action, and Dark Tide.


    • February 1
    • Voyage of Mercy
    • Plymouth Public Library
      132 South St.
      Plymouth, MA
      6:30 p.m.
    • February 28
    • Voyage of Mercy
    • Saint Jerome Book Club
      (This is a private event.)
    • March 14
    • Voyage of Mercy
    • Walpole (MA) Public Library
      143 School St.
      7:30 p.m.
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Voyage of Mercy Wins Christopher Award

I'm very honored that Voyage of Mercy has won a 2020 Christopher Award. These awards, issued by the nonprofit, The Christophers, celebrate writers, producers, directors, authors, and illustrators whose work "affirms the highest values of the human spirit" and reflects the The Christophers guidance, "It's better to light one candle than to curse the darkness."

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Xavier Society for the Blind transcribes Voyage of Mercy into braille
Voyage of Mercy has been transcribed into braille and is available in the Xavier Society for the Blind library. Since 1900, Xavier Society for the Blind has been providing free braille and audio books to blind and visually impaired people worldwide in order for them to learn about, develop, and practice their faith.

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Voyage of Mercy

Steve Puleo's seventh book, Voyage of Mercy, is the story of the Irish famine and the remarkable story of America's first humanitarian mission. Released in hardcover in March 2020, the paperback edition was made available in May 2021.

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It’s Great to Be Back in School!

This past fall I made visits to Massachusetts-area schools to discuss my books and history in general. I was honored to be invited to speak at the Roxbury Latin School (grades 7-12), Walpole High School, and Middleborough High School. These types of visits are always among my most rewarding appearances —I find the students engaged and insightful, and I always am asked some of my best questions at high schools.

Summary of school events

Mass Maritime Uses Dark Tide in Innovative High School Program

I’m thrilled to be working with Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), which has developed an exciting hands-on program related to the Great Boston Molasses Flood for high school students, using my book, Dark Tide, for those who participate in the program.

MMA cadets aboard the USS Nantucket, which was docked in Boston Harbor in 1919, were first on the rescue scene when the molasses tank collapsed. The school’s archives holds a 1919 scrapbook that contains original reports from the disaster.

I was honored to visit MMA and meet with the 46 high school students who participated in the innovative pilot program – from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Maryland, California, Florida, Germany, and Puerto Rico.

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