Understanding tides

Author Jonathan White

Jonathan White will read from his book “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean,” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, May 20, at 7 p.m.

After nearly losing his 65-foot wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, writer, sailor, surfer and marine conservationist Jonathan White vowed to understand the tide. He knew the moon had something to do with it, but what exactly?

White has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Sierra, The Sun, Surfer’s Journal, Orion, and other publications. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction, and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State. He has served on numerous conservation boards and committees, including the San Juan Preservation Trust, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, and the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative.

As founder and former director of the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization based in Seattle, he spent eleven years building a seminar program aboard the schooner Crusader in the Pacific Northwest. Resource Institute sponsored weeklong seminars aboard the 65-foot schooner, with subjects ranging from navigation, anthropology, and whale research to poetry, writing, music, and photography. James Hillman, Lynn Margulis, Gary Snyder, Robert Bly, Art Wolfe, and William Stafford were among the many who taught aboard Crusader. White’s first book, “Talking on the Water,” grew out of these experiences.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave. Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org.

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