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General Membership Meeting: Tides
April 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
General Membership Meeting with Jonathan White
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
After nearly losing his 65-foot 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 crisscrossed the seven seas to see the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world. In China he confronted the Silver Dragon, a 25-foot tidal bore that races 80 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. 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 the low tide. With photographs, stories, and short readings from his newest book (Jan. 2017), Jonathan takes his audiences on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide. Books will be available at the presentation.
Jonathan White (http://jonathanwhitewriter.com/) has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Sierra, The Sun, Surfer’s Journal, Orion, 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.
Always on the 4th Tuesday of the month:
April 25th, 7pm
Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room
free & open to the public!