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Jonathan White, Tides

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes marine conservationist Jonathan White for a reading and signing of his new book, Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean. This free event is cosponsored by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.

In Tides, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers on a journey of discovery around the globe to witness the largest, fastest, scariest and most amazing tides in the world. White travels to California to shadow the Mavericks competition where surfers paddle into deadly waves sixty feet high; to the Arctic to shimmy down a hole in the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for blue mussels in the dark cavities below; to the Qiantang River in China to witness the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes its way up the eighty-mile river; In France’s Mont St. Michel he learns how the monks were inspired by the tide, at the Royal Society of London he discovers how Plato and Aristotle, Leonardo de Vinci, Newton, Descartes, and many other noted thinkers had been captivated by the tide.

Tides won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's Best Book Award, a National Outdoor Book Award, and the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award.

Jonathan White is an active marine conservationist, a sailor, and a surfer. His first book, Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity, is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature and features Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen, and others. White has written for the Christian Science Monitor, The Sun, Orion, Surfer’s Journal, and other publications. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.


This event will be free at Bookshop Santa Cruz with open seating. Chairs for open seating are usually set up an hour before the event begins. 

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean Cover Image
By Jonathan White, Peter Matthiessen (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781595348517
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Trinity University Press - June 15th, 2018