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2011/2012 Lectures

Donovan Hohn (2012 Season)

Mon, Mar 5, 2012 @ 8:00 PM, Campbell Hall

UCSB Reads Author Event
The Edwin & Jean Corle Memorial Lecture


Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them

“Adventurous, inquisitive and brightly illuminating… A book that works as a lively travelogue as well as a voyage of discovery and a philosophical inquiry.” The New York Times

When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far and they carry you away. Hohn’s accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive worlds of shipping conglomerates and Chinese toy factories, the daring work of Arctic researchers and the lunatic risks of maverick sailors. Moby-Duck (2011), a national best-seller, is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy and some of the worst weather imaginable.


Books will be available for purchase and signing



Presented as part of UCSB Reads, sponsored by the UCSB Library, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Associated Students Coastal Fund and the Plastic Pollution Coalition with additional support from UCSB Arts & Lectures and a variety of campus and community partners




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