Nathaniel Philbrick returns to Mystic

Nathaniel Philbrick returns to Mystic

MYSTIC – Award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick returns to Mystic next Monday to give a talk at the Mystic Congregational Church about his memoir “Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together.”

Two years ago, Philbrick packed the church when he gave a talk about his book, “Valiant Ambition, George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution.” 

Philbrick, the author also of The New York Times bestseller, “In the Heart of the Sea,” which won the National Book Award for nonfiction, and “Mayflower,” a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize in History and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, will tell the story of a journalist-turned-stay-at-home dad who impulsively decides to throw his hat into the ring — or water — again and recreate “the thrill of victory he once felt after winning a national sailing championship in his youth.”

With the bemused approval of his wife and children, Philbrick recalls, he used the off-season on Nantucket, where he lives, as his solitary training ground, sailing his tiny Sunfish “to its remotest corners, experiencing the haunting beauty of its tidal creeks, inlets, and wave-battered sandbars.”

On ponds, bays, rivers, and finally at the championship on a lake in the heartland of America, he writes, he sailed through storms and memories, racing for the prize, but finding something unexpected about himself instead.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; seating is first come, first served.

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 — Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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