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Foraging: Author Jonathan White and TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Monday, June 26, 2017

6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2017-06-26 18:30 - 20:00

Meet Jonathan White, Author of Tides

 

"The tide is out, the table is set." In TIDES, Jonathan White takes readers on a journey spanning the globe as he examines the many dimensions of the tides, the science behind them, and how they influence culture.

After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White vowed to understand the tide.  He knew the moon had something to do with it, but what exactly?  He read a book, then two.  Ten years later, he had read three hundred books and traveled the seven seas to see the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world. In China he confronted the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five foot tidal bore that races eighty miles up the Qiantang River; at London’s Royal Society, he dug into the earliest Western tide science, which preoccupied thinkers from Da Vinci to Galileo to Newton; and in the Arctic he followed an Inuit elder down a small hole through thick winter ice to gather fresh blue mussels in the cavities left by low tide. 

With photographs, stories, and short readings, Jonathan takes his audiences on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide.

Book Sale and Signing to follow, courtesy of Brown University Bookstore.

 

Jonathan White has written for the Christian Science MonitorSierraThe SunSurfer’s JournalOrion, and other publications.  His first book, Talking on the Water (Sierra Club Books), is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature.  White is an active marine conservationist, holds an MFA in creative nonfiction, and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.

 

http://jonathanwhitewriter.com/

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