4/7/2009 "The Highest Tide" author to speak at Linfield College
McMINNVILLE – Jim Lynch, author of "The Highest Tide," will present a reading and lecture Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.
"The Highest Tide" was this year's selection for MacReads, a community-wide book reading and discussion that culminates in a presentation by the author.
Prior to Lynch's presentation, Ned Knight, adjunct professor of biology, will present "'The Highest Tide': Shoreline Ecology Perspectives" Tuesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m., in the Austin Reading Room of Nicholson Library. His presentation will focus on the variety of intertidal organisms that Miles O’Malley witnessed near his Puget Sound home. Images of the animals described will be shown, along with a few additional details of each. For example, the sunflower star he saw grows more arms as it gets older, and can have up to 24 and be over three feet across. Some commentary on Lynch's vivid descriptions will also be offered.
"The Highest Tide," which won the 2006 Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award, has been a bestseller in the U.S. and United Kingdom and was performed on stage for three weeks at the Seattle Center last May. Film rights have been sold and filming is expected to begin next spring. The book has been likened to "Catcher in the Rye" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." It is a coming of age story about a 13-year-old marine biology whiz kid who becomes a media sensation after he continues to discover exotic deep sea creatures on the tidal flats near his home on Puget Sound. The novel plays with the notion that most people go through life so oblivious to the world around them that a boy who simply pays attention can come across as a genius.
Lynch was raised in the Seattle area, graduated from the University of Washington and worked as a newspaper reporter in Washington, D.C., Spokane, Seattle and Portland before turning to fiction full time. His second novel, "Border Songs," is due out in June and is also set in Western Washington.
Knight was raised along the bays of Long Island, N.Y., and southern New England. He holds bachelor's degrees in zoology and fisheries, a master's in fisheries and a Ph.D. in ecology. He has been teaching for over 30 years including courses in biology, environmental science and marine ecology.
MacReads is in its fifth year and uses a common book to create community conversations that cross lines of generation and acquaintance. It is sponsored by Linfield English Department, Friends of Nicholson Library, Friends of McMinnville Public Library and Third Street Books and is open to all interested persons or groups. Books are available at Third Street Books in McMinnville. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield Libraries, 503-883-2517.