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Big Read 2020: Coastal Georgia Lectures


Coastal Georgia dives into The Big Read!

View the full Big Read community events schedule

Image of Big Read book display at Gould Library

Free copies of In the Heart of the Sea and event schedules are available at Gould and Camden Center libraries.

Illustration of a whale's tale

6:30 pm, February 4 @ Brunswick-Glynn County Library

Brotherhood and Inequality in Perilous Occupations

presented by Dr. Roscoe Scarborough


7 pm, February 12 @ The Ritz Theatre

Left Behind: Women an Whaling in the 19th Century

presented by Dr. Lisa Vandenbossche


6:30-7:30 pm, February 17 @ St. Simons Island Library

Whaling and Industrialization in 19th Century America 

presented by Dr. Hector Montford


2 pm, February 19 @ Stembler Theatre, Coastal Georgia

Sea Lore 

a presentation by Coastal students in Dr. Rebecca Sharpe's class 


6:30 pm, March 5 @ Brunswick-Glynn County Library

The Psychology of Survival

a talk by Dr. Aurora Ramos Nuñez and Dr. Neda Moinolmolki


Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea is “one of the most chilling books I have ever read,” writes Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm. Winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction and on The New York Times bestseller list for 40 weeks, this “spellbinding” (Time) “page turner” (The New York Times) tells the true story of the 19th-century whaleship Essex out of Nantucket that got rammed by one of the largest whales anyone had ever seen, the whale that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.

But the story doesn’t end there. The ship sank, sending the crewmembers adrift for months as they faced storms, starvation, and disease.

Award-winning author of more than ten books, Philbrick “has created an eerie thriller from a centuries old tale… Scrupulously researched and eloquently written, In the Heart of the Sea is a masterpiece of maritime history,” writes The New York Times. “It gets into your bones.”