New Canaan Library To Host 'In The Heart Of The Sea' Author

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The New Canaan Library is inviting residents to a special reading of "In the Heart of the Sea" by Nathaniel Philbrick on April 4.
The New Canaan Library is inviting residents to a special reading of "In the Heart of the Sea" by Nathaniel Philbrick on April 4. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The New Canaan Library is inviting residents to a special reading of "In the Heart of the Sea" by Nathaniel Philbrick. 

The event is set for April 4 at the New Canaan Library following several whale-related programs beginning on March 18. In addition to Philbrick's visit, the events include a visit from the curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Philbrook's story "In the Heart of the Sea" will provide the capstone on the whale-related events at the library. 

"This is the true tale of the tragic fate of the whale ship Essex; a captivating and brutal story of survival and death," representatives said. "In 1820 the Nantucket based Essex was rammed and sunk by a whale, leaving its crew drifting in the South Pacific for more than 90 days."

The following is the schedule of whale-related events coming up at the New Canaan Library: 

  • March 18: "Whales, Whaling, and Whalers," a Mystic Seaport Outreach program for children in grades 3 to 6.
  • March 22: "The Golden Age of Whaling," a program for all ages with Connecticut's first state troubadour, Tom Callinan.
  • March 30: "The Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt," for ages 10 and up, presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
  • April 1: Book discussion of "Revenge of the Whale," the book's young reader's version, for children in grade 4 and up.
  • April 2: Books & Bagels book discussion of "In the Heart of the Sea" at the Library.
  • April 4: Author Nathaniel Philbrick's program.
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