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.