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Tides: Book Reading and Signing

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



Jonathan White —  Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

7 pm, Friday, 24th of February in the Carver Room Port Angeles Public Library

A reading and PowerPoint presentation co-sponsored with our friends at the Feiro Marine Life Center and NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and with special thanks to Anna Manildi


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 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 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 audience on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic working of the tide.

Tides is an engaging, scientifically approachable read, combining lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion.

Jonathan White 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 and holds an MFA in creative nonfiction.

Tides is published by Trinity University Press.


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