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Book Talk and Signing with Richard J. King, Author of "Ahab's Rolling Sea"

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Join author Richard King on Nov. 5 from 6:30-7:30 for a fascinating discussion of the natural history behind the classic novel Moby-Dick.

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We are delighted to welcome author Richard King to talk about his newest book, "Ahab's Rolling Sea: The Natural History of Moby-Dick" on Tuesday, November 5 at 6:30-7:30pm at the Sandwich Public Library.

A book signing will follow the talk. Admission is free and open to all. Reservations requested.

This event is cosponsored by Titcomb's Bookshop and the Sandwich Public Library.

About the Book: Although Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is beloved as one of the most profound and enduring works of American fiction, we rarely consider it a work of nature writing--or even a novel of the sea. Yet Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard avers Moby-Dick is the "best book ever written about nature," and nearly the entirety of the story is set on the waves, with scarcely a whiff of land. In fact, Ishmael's sea yarn is in conversation with the nature writing of Emerson and Thoreau, and Melville himself did much more than live for a year in a cabin beside a pond. He set sail: to the far remote Pacific Ocean, spending more than three years at sea before writing his masterpiece in 1851.

From white whales to whale intelligence, giant squids, barnacles, albatross, and sharks, Richard J. King examines what Melville knew from his own experiences and the sources available to a reader in the mid-1800s, exploring how and why Melville might have twisted what was known to serve his fiction. King then climbs to the crow's nest, setting Melville in the context of the American perception of the ocean in 1851--at the very start of the Industrial Revolution and just before the publication of On the Origin of Species.

Ahab's Rolling Sea offers new insight not only into a cherished masterwork and its author but also into our evolving relationship with the briny deep--from whale hunters to climate refugees.

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