April Speaker: Call Me Ishmael: Literature of the Sea


Each month CWB finds a speaker of wit and experience to talk about his or her special knowledge. It is also an opportunity for CWB members to meet one another and the staff. The program runs from 7pm to 9pm, with opportunities to ask questions. April’s 3rd Friday talk will be held on April 15th.

From Moby Dick to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to The Perfect Storm, what sets sea literature apart from other kinds of writing? What makes the stories – fact or fiction – and the songs of the sea so compelling? Is the sea itself an actual character in the story?

Capt. Wendy Joseph dives into the ocean of true stories, fiction, songs, sailors’ logs and poetry in search of answers. She’ll illustrate her talk with slides and music and maybe even a movie clip or two.

Capt. Joseph, who holds an M.A. in English, is a veteran world sailor. Her “Wendy’s Log”, emailed to friends around the world, recounted the ups and downs of a career in the Merchant Marine – a story she has previously shared with 3rd Friday audiences.

The event is free (donations are welcome), and light refreshments will be available.

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  1. Jacqueline King says:

    Hello Captain Joseph,

    Most likely you know of it already, but one of my favorite stories is “Dr. Blanke’s First Command” by C.S. Forester. It was published in the Saturday Evening Post which is where I read it in high school and it has been a pleasure to re-read it many times since. Hoping to hear your talk on Friday.

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