April 2, 2001 National Book Award Winner Nathaniel Philbrick to Speak at the Library of Congress on May 10

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Nathaniel Philbrick, whose book In The Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Viking Penguin, 2000) won the 2000 National Book Award for Nonfiction, will speak about "the writing life" at the Library of Congress at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 10, in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The program, part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" series, is cosponsored by the National Book Foundation, which administers the National Book Awards. The speaker will be introduced by Neil Baldwin, director of the National Book Foundation.

A resident of Nantucket Island, Mass., Mr. Philbrick is a leading authority on the history of Nantucket. He serves as the director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Society. In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of the ordeal of 20 men from Nantucket aboard a whaling ship that is sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the South Pacific in 1820. Mr. Philbrick's other books include Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890 (1994), and Abram's Eyes: The Native American Legacy of Nantucket Island (1998).

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ISSN 0731-3527