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SALON: NATHANIEL PHILBRICK

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First Unitarian Church of Providence

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Providence, RI 02906

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Join the Athenæum in welcoming bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick! Due to high demand, this program will take place at the First Unitarian Church, just down the street from the library. All attendees are invited to visit the Athenæum for a festive pre-program reception before taking their seats at the church.

"Masterly storyteller" (New York Times) Nathaniel Philbrick has consistently topped bestseller lists with prize-winning works such as In the Heart of the Sea, Sea of Glory, and Mayflower. He joins us to discuss his newest book In the Hurricane's Eye. Recognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of the Chesapeake - fought without a single American ship - made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability. Book signing to follow.

  • 5-5:45pm: Pre-program reception at the Providence Athenæum

  • 6-7:15pm: Nathaniel Philbrick at the First Unitarian Church, followed by Q&A discussion led by Morgan Grefe

  • 7:15-8pm: Book sale and signing in the Atrium of the First Unitarian Church

NB: Guests must check in with staff for entry at both locations. Tickets required.

To receive prioritized or discounted access to this and other events, please consider joining the library. Membership begins at under $8/month. If you'd prefer to register over the phone, please call 401-421-6970.

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Nathaniel Philbrick grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in America Literature from Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. He was Brown University’s first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978, the same year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, Rhode Island. After working as an editor at Sailing World magazine, he wrote and edited several books about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor, Second Wind, and Yaahting: A Parody. In 2000, Mr. Philbrick published the New York Times bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction. The book is the basis of the Warner Bros. motion picture Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Benjamin Walker, Ben Wishaw, and Tom Holland. The book also inspired a 2001 Dateline special on NBC as well as the 2010 two-hour PBS American Experience film Into the Deep by Ric Burns. Philbrick’s writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. He has appeared on the Today Show, The Morning Show, Dateline, PBS’s American Experience, C-SPAN, and NPR. He and his wife live on Nantucket.

Q&A following the program will be led by Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society. Morgan Grefe is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society. She has been at the RIHS for more than twelve years, serving as the Director of the Goff Center for Education and Public Programs for 6.5 of those. In the summer of 2011 she took the helm of the RIHS. Her work as a historian focuses on U.S. social, cultural and public history, with special attention on R.I. She holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown and a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in the same. Her recent publications include, “ ‘Jews, Turks, and Infidels:’ How Rhode Island’s Lively Experiment Helped Chart the American Way” and “Sourcing a Rhode Island Legend: The Story of Kady Brownell.” She lectures widely on topics relating to Rhode Island’s social and cultural history, as well as the history education crisis in our state and nation. She has lived in Rhode Island for nineteen years and makes her home in Pawtucket with her spouse, artist Gage Prentiss.


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