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VIRTUAL EVENT: Cameo Conversation: Writing History

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Virtual Event: Cameo Conversation: Writing History

with Nathaniel Philbrick and Christopher Lydon

Join award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick and host of WBUR’s Open Source Christopher Lydon for an engaging and timely discussion. They will take us through Philbrick’s two decades as a writer of historical non-fiction as they discuss his approach to the research and writing of pivotal and complex stories with multiple narratives. Discover some of the challenges he has faced in writing about events that shape collective memory and how his approach has changed over time.
 

Nathaniel Philbrick grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in American literature from Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. He was Brown University’s first Intercollegiate All-American Sailor in 1978, the same year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, Rhode Island. After working as an editor at Sailing World magazine, he wrote and edited several books about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor, Second Wind, and Yachting: A Parody. In 2000, Philbrick published the New York Times bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction. The book is the basis of the Warner Bros. motion picture Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard. Philbrick’s writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. He has appeared on Today, The Morning Show, Dateline, PBS’s American Experience, C-SPAN, and NPR. He and his wife live on Nantucket.

 

Christopher Lydon covered politics for The New York Times from the Washington bureau in the 1970s. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH TV through the 1980s, and he co-founded and hosted The Connection on WBUR in the ’90s. He recorded the original podcast in 2003 with Dave Winer. The rest is history in the making.

 

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