Writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White will give an author talk Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Surfing and science is talk topic

BAR HARBOR — Writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White will speak and read from his new book “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean” on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library. There will be a reception beforehand at 6 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the Schoodic Institute and the Jesup.

“The book combines adventure travel and scientific inquiry and looks into the mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion,” organizers of the event said. “In the Arctic, White goes under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide. In China, he races the Silver Dragon, a 25-foot tidal bore that crashes 80 miles up the Qiantang River. In France, he interviews the monks who live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel. In Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation. And in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture.”

White grew up diving, sailing and fishing on the beaches of Southern California and has logged more than 100,000 miles sailing on the Pacific and Atlantic, and has surfed all over the world. In the 1980s, he founded the Resource Institute. His first book, “Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity,” is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature and features Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen and others. He has written for the Christian Science Monitor, The Sun, Orion, Surfer’s Journal and other publications. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.

The Wall Street Journal writes, “A wonderfully paced account … White offers clear explanations of how tides work and scientific giants such as Aristotle, Copernicus … and others helped us get where we are today.” The Bangor Daily News adds that “Tides” is “a fascinating work of literary nonfiction, rich with characters, stories and scenes from around the globe.”

Books will be on sale that night courtesy of Sherman’s Books. Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected]

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