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Cover for "In the Heart of the Sea" by Nathaniel Philbrick. It shows empty ocean under a black sky.


In the Heart of the Sea


Nathaniel Philbrick

This year's One Great Read book is nonfiction book In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick, a New York Times Bestseller and basis for an upcoming movie staring Chris Hemsworth. Read about the story of the Nantucket whaling ship Essex and its crew. Deep in the Pacific Ocean, the Essex was rammed by a whale and sunk, forcing the survivors to navigate thousands of miles in small boats while facing storms and starvation. This true story was the inspiration for Moby Dick. Come to events to explore the science and history behind the book. Be sure to check out the many activities at our partner organizations around the community as well.


Book Discussions

Monday, September 14, 2:00 p.m. - Klondike Library
Thursday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. - Downtown Library (Electric Book Group)
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Lafayette Brew Pub (622 Main St, Lafayette)
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - St. John's Episcopal Church (600 Ferry St, Lafayette)
Wednesday, October 7, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Campus Library
Wednesday, October 15, 12:00 p.m. - Downtown (Brown Bag Lunch)

Programs and Events

One Great Read Kickoff
Thursday, September 10, 6:00 p.m.
West Lafayette Public Library (208 W Columbia St, West Lafayette)

Join us as we kick off One Great Read at the West Lafayette Public Library. Enjoy snacks and watch local improv group "One Size Fits All" perform skits based on this year's One Great Read novel.

Eclectic Book Group
Thursday, September 17, 10:00 a.m.
Downtown Library

Expect a lively discussion of In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. Newcomers welcome.

Michael Shelden Author Visit
Thursday, September 17, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Downtown Library

Indiana author Michael Shelden will discuss his work on progress on a book about Herman Melville and Moby Dick. Learn how Melville used the Nantucket whaling industry and the Essex disaster as the basis for his classic novel. Shelden is the winner of the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.

TAF One Great Read Gallery Walk
Friday, September 18, 6:00 p.m.
Starts at the Wells Community Cultural Center (638 North Street, Lafayette)

Come join the Tippecanoe Arts Federation's gallery walk. Meet librarians and other members of the One Great Read Committee. Discuss the book while exploring beautiful works of local arts at twenty locations and enjoying live music and beverages.

Talk Like A Pirate Day
Saturday, September 19, 2:00 p.m.,
Downtown Library

Readers of all ages enjoy pirate stories and engage in crafty fun. One Great Read information is available. Arrgh!

Moby Dick: The True Story
Monday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.
Downtown Library

This hour-long Discovery Channel documentary retells the story of the Essex. Learn more about the story from experts in biology, history, sailing, and survival.

Pub Chat:  Whale of a Tale!
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lafayette Brewing Company

Join a discussion of Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea at Lafayette Brewing Company. Fish & Chips on special that night! Please RSVP by calling 765-429-0113.

One Great Read Book Discussion
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
St. John's Episcopal Church

The book group will discuss the 2015 One Great Read title selection: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. Public welcome to attend.

Songs of the Seven Seas
Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Library

Local musical group Traveler's Dream will join us for a night of sailing music. Hear sea shanties and other folk songs about life on the open ocean, including several from Nantucket's history.

One Great Read Book Group Leaders
Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Library

This program is for book group leaders who would like some ideas for discussing In the Heart of the Sea with their own groups. A helpful packet of information will be provided.

Klondike Armchair Travelers Go Whale Watching
Tuesday, October 06, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Klondike Library

Join us for a one-hour whale watching excursion without leaving the library! We will enjoy a National Geographic documentary about whales.

Campus Book Discussion
Wednesday, October 07, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Campus Library

Join us at the Campus library for a discussion of this year's One Great Read title, In the Heart of the Sea : The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick.

Film: 200 Years Of Whaling
Thursday, October 8, 6:00 p.m.
West Lafayette Public Library

This riveting two-hour film from PBS chronicles includes the Essex and Herman Melville. For details, call (765) 743-2261. Sponsored by the Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association (WALLA).

One Great Read Brown Bag Book Discussion
Thursday, October 15, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Downtown Library

Bring your lunch for a lively discussion of In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick.

Maritime Program
Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Downtown Library

William Derrah, Board Member of the Chicago Maritime Museum, will speak about the links between Nantucket whaling and more local sailing history. The heyday of Great Lakes maritime commerce came a couple of generations after the wreck of the whaling ship Essex but they shared traditions and technology. We will look at what they had in common and what made the two experiences unique.

In the Company of Whales
Monday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Library

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of some of the world's most magnificent creatures with this Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel documentary. Roger Payne, discoverer and researcher of humpback whale communications, hosts this in-depth exploration of different types of whales and the diverse ecology they live in.


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