• By Michael Ackerman
  • Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On the Same Page 2015: In the Heart of the Sea

This year, Forsyth County Public Library’s community read program On the Same Page will feature Nathaniel Philbrick’s National Book Award-winning nonfiction masterpiece In the Heart of the Sea.

It’s the compelling true story of one of the worst maritime disasters in history. Back in 1820, the 238-ton Essex was attacked and sunk by an enormous sperm whale, leaving her crew stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The men attempted to sail thousands of miles back to South America in small rowboats. Not all of them made it and the ones who did had to resort to desperate lengths to survive. Accounts of this epic ordeal inspired Herman Melville to write the great American novel Moby-Dick.

Reserve your copy of In the Heart of the Sea today and join us in the fall for a series of events building off of the book, beginning with our kickoff at the Bookmarks Festival on Saturday, September 12, and culminating in a finale event at the Arts Council Theatre on Sunday, October 11 at 4:00 pm. Check forsythlibrary.org for updates and a complete schedule of events, coming your way soon.

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