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Former Beaufort Gazette reporter, Jason Ryan, has penned his first non-fiction, full length book which comes out on April 20th. Simply entitled Jackpot (with quite interesting cover art) but enticingly subtitled High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs, Ryan's book is getting solid reviews.
Some of the newcomers among us may not be aware of "Operation Jackpot" and the role that some Beaufort and Hilton Head Island area residents played in it. In fact, we've had a BDC vertical file on the topic for quite some time.
There have been two fictional versions of the tale: the loosely based Lowcountry Boil by Carl Smith (2003) and the not-so-loosely based Reefer Moon by Roger Pinckney (2009). (There are plenty of copies of these novels available for checkout through SCLENDS.)
Make plans now to join us on May 3rd to learn more about this lucrative smuggling enterprise and its consequences, locally and globally.
We're doing two BDC@ The Branches sessions on May 3rd. After his presentations, he'll be happy to autograph your copy!
Jason Ryan presents Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs
BDC@ Hilton Head Branch, May 3rd, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
BDC@ Beaufort Branch, May 3rd, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm