Left Bank Books will welcome historian James L. Nelson to speak at its second Winter Lyceum talk Sunday, March 27 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The book store is located downtown at 21 East Main St./Route 1.

Nelson, who resides in Harpswell, has just published an exciting new book called “With Fire and Sword — The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution.” This vivid account of the famous skirmish puts the reader behind the battle lines with the participants including eyewitness accounts of many who were there, both British and rebellious colonials.

An accomplished historical novelist, Nelson writes history in the readable tradition of David McCullough, adding his own sardonic insights. Publisher’s Weekly called this latest book a rousing history. It has been named a History Book Club and Military Book Club Selection for 2011.

A colorful and commanding figure in person, Nelson is a dynamic speaker who has the gift of taking one back to an era and making its military characters live and breathe again. He has published 15 works of historical and nautical fiction and nonfiction and has won the prestigious American Library Association/William Young Boyd Award, the country’s top award for military fiction.

The public is warmly encouraged to attend this free talk and book signing, with a lively discussion and refreshments afterward. For more information or to reserve copies of the book for signing, call 548-6400. Seating is limited, so also call ahead to reserve a chair if one is required.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.