2006-10-05 / Upcoming Events

Award winning author will speak at tall ships event

The author of several awardwinning books about sea voyages and sailing, Nathaniel Philbrick, will be speaking and signing copies of his books at a fund-raiser for Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007, which will bring 20 to 30 ships to Newport Harbor next summer.

Philbrick's most recent book, the New York Times bestseller "Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War," was published in May 2006. His international bestseller "In the Heart of the Sea" won the 2000 National Book Award for nonfiction. "Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex" won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. "Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842" won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize from the National Maritime Historical Society and the Albion- Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society. "Sea of Glory" was a New York Times Notable Book of 2003.

The fund-raiser for Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007 will be Friday, Nov. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Art Museum, 56 Bellevue Ave. A reservation costs $60. Seats are limited. To make a reservation with a credit card, call Tall Ships Rhode Island at. 841.0080 or e-mail tsri07@verizon. net. All money raised will go to the tall ships festival, which is set to take place from June 27 through July 1, 2007 in Newport.

A Nantucket resident and

sailor, Philbrick has strong ties to Rhode Island. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from Brown and was the University's first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978.

Philbrick's latest book, Mayflower, tells the true story of the Pilgrims in a fifty-fiveyear epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound. From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, Philbrick reveals the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice. Philbrick has fashioned a fresh and compelling portrait of the dawn of American history - a history dominated right from the start by issues of race, violence, and religion.

The tall ships festival will take place at several locations along Newport Harbor and Fort Adams. The four-day festival is expected to attract about 200,000 visitors. The Parade of Sail on the last day of the festival is expected to draw nearly 250,000 people to lower Narragansett Bay and its waters.

Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007 is an international celebration of sailing. For the festivities, an integrated youth program, country exhibits, fireworks, a street parade of crew and cadets, and a black-tie ball are being planned. For more information, visit tallshipsrhodeisland. org.

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