Join the Newport Historical Society for its monthly book club at the Museum of Newport History & Shop every first Monday of the month at 5:30pm at 127 Thames Street, Newport, RI. Each month features a book with ties to Newport’s history. The books are available for sale in the Shop and on the web store at ShopNewportHistory.com. Purchase your Brick Market Book Club books on the web store and receive 25% off with the code “BOOKCLUB”. Shipping is always only $1 for all web store purchases. Attendance at the Brick Market Book Club is free.

November 5 – Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates by Eric Jay Dolin. Bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age” – spanning the late 1600’s through the early 1700’s – when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of colonial solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, the star pirates of this period are depicted in detail.

December 3 – In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick. In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy. But as he had learned after two years of trying, coordinating his army’s movements with those of a fleet of warships based thousands of miles away was next to impossible. And then on September 5, 1781, the impossible happened. Recognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of Chesapeake – fought without a single American ship – made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.