“Should be required reading for anyone in California, whether native or newcomer, as an introduction (or reintroduction) to the diverse places and issues that hug our shore.” ~ San Diego Union- Tribune
From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California’s coasts and ocean. David Helvarg takes the reader on both a geographic and literary journey along the 1,100 mile Pacific coastline, from the Oregon border to the San Diego/Tijuana international border fence and out into its whale, seal, and shark rich offshore seamounts, rock isles, and kelp forests.
Part history, part travelogue, part love letter, The Golden Shore tells the story of California’s majestic coastline and ocean. Helvarg captures the spirit of the Californian coasts, its mythic place in American culture, and its role in a state whose ongoing natural disasters and unremitting sense of renewal and intimately linked to its deep connection with an ever changing sea.
Golden Shore Book Videos
“Boy, I loved this book. David Helvarg captures, in a really readable way, the quirky and head-over-heels love we have for our seas.” ~ Ted Danson
The Golden Shore in the News
Review in Surfer Magazine – November 9, 2016
Review in ECO Magazine – November 11, 2016
Coverage of the book in Earth Island Journal – November 24, 2016
Coverage of the book in Times Standard – December 12, 2016
The Golden Shore Book Tour- Coming to a Town Near You!
This fall our Executive Director and author, David Helvarg, will be traveling from San Fransisco to San Diego to promote the paperback release of The Golden Shore! We will be updating the list below as to where and when you can catch his talks. Want to make sure you don’t miss him? Schedule a talk of your own! Not along the direct route? Don’t worry, you can still use this link to schedule a talk anytime!
Tour Schedule (Updated As New Events Are Added)
Tuesday October 4th: Hopkins Marine Station – Monterey, CA – 7:30pm
Wednesday October 5th: Middlebury Institute of International Studies – Monterey, CA – 2:00pm
Wednesday October 5th: Moss Landing Marine Labs – Moss Landing, CA – 7:00pm
Friday October 7th: Oakland Museum of California – Oakland, CA – 5:00pm
Wednesday October 26th: Bodega Marine Laboratory – Bodega Bay, CA – 4:00pm
Friday October 28th: NCIBA Book Show Author Reception – San Francisco, CA – 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday November 12th & 13th: Coalesce Bookstore – Morrow Bay, CA
Monday November 14th: Book Passage – Corte Madera, CA
Wednesday November 16th: Books, Inc. – Berkeley, CA – 7:00pm
Thursday December 15th: Save Our Shores – Santa Cruz, CA – 5:30 pm
Monday January 23rd: San Francisco Explorers Club – San Francisco, CA
Send Us Your Golden Shore Snapshots!
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