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Nautical Nights Speaker Series: Mark Leiren-Young
September 28, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for the first official Nautical Nights Speaker Series, featuring Mark Leiren-Young!
Mark Leiren-Young was swallowed by a whale named Moby Doll. His latest book, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World – about the first ever orca displayed in captivity – won the 2016 Science Writers and Communicators Book Award and was nominated for the RBC Taylor Award and the Hubert Evans Prize. Mark is directing a feature documentary about Moby and his short documentary The Hundred-Year-Old Whale, debuts at festivals this fall. He hosts the popular podcast, Skaana, about orcas, oceans and the environment.
Mark is also a playwright whose work has been produced around the world. He has two plays running in Vancouver this season – Shylock is at Bard on the Beach in September and Bar Mitzvah Boy debuts at Pacific Theatre in March, 2018.
Until July, 1964 killer whales were seen as bloodthirsty sea monsters. That all changed when a young killer whale was captured off the coast of Saturna Island. Bestselling author, Mark Leiren-Young, explores the story of first contact with an alien creature – the orca known as Moby Doll – and how humans went from shooting at whales for target practice to loving them to death.
General Admission: $10.00 + GST
Member Admission: $8.00 + GST
Members receive a discounted price to this series and other events, along with other benefits. To join the Museum as a Member, go to mmbc.bc.ca/get-involved/become-a-member/