Bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick to discuss upcoming book at MBL

Philbrick to offer sneak preview of new book on Little Bighorn

Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick will offer a sneak preview of his upcoming book, The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, on Friday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the MBL’s (Marine Biological Laboratory’s) Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole.  Philbrick’s lecture, titled Starting at Standing Rock: Following Custer and Sitting Bull to the Little Bighorn, is the Herman T. Epstein Endowed Memorial Lecture, and is sponsored by the MBL Associates. All Falmouth Forum lectures are free and open to the public.

Nathaniel Philbrick. Courtesy of MBL.

In 2007 Philbrick traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux Agency in North Dakota to research his new book The Last Stand (Viking, May 2010).  For two weeks, he ventured up the Missouri River to Fort Lincoln, home to General George Custer’s Seventh Cavalry, and then followed Custer’s route more than three hundred miles to the Little Bighorn National Monument in Crow Agency, Montana. In his Falmouth Forum lecture, Philbrick will talk about the challenges he faced writing a book about the American West, as an author whose books have previously focused on maritime topics. Philbrick will also discuss the unexpected importance that photographs and native artwork had in shaping his understanding of the battle and its participants.

After moving to Nantucket in 1986, Philbrick wrote Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People. In 1996 he founded the island’s Egan Maritime Institute where he served as Founding Director until 1998. In 2000, Philbrick published the international best seller In the Heart of the Sea, for which he received the 2000 National Book Award. He followed its success with Sea of Glory: The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842, which was awarded the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize for maritime writing, and Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, which details the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony and was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History.

Philbrick has degrees from Brown and Duke Universities and is a Research Fellow in History at the Nantucket Historical Association. He has also written several books about sailing. He lives on Nantucket with his wife.  They have two grown children. 

A buffet dinner is available before the Philbrick lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Swope Center located near the auditorium. Dinner tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance at either Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL’s Communications Office in the Candle House, 127 Water Street in Woods Hole. Dinner seats are limited and tickets are only available until they sell out or until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5th.  All tickets are nonrefundable. For more information contact the MBL’s Communications Office at 508-289-7423.

All Falmouth Forum lectures, performances and presentations are sponsored by the MBL Associates for the Cape Cod community and feature topics in the arts, humanities and health. They are always free and open to the public. 

The series will continue throughout the winter. The remaining lectures are:

January 22, 2010
"Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Two Works in Progress: Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado; The Mastaba, Project for The United Arab Emirates" – Christo, creator of highly celebrated works of art across the globe

March 5, 2010
"The Big Dig or The Big Pig?" - Dan McNichol, award-winning author of "The Big Dig" and "The Roads That Built America"

For more information and for full lecture descriptions, click here.

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