O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt, by Michael P. Dyer, Curator of Maritime History for the New Bedford Whaling Museum, has been short listed for the Alice Award

 NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The book O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt, by Michael P. Dyer, Curator of Maritime History for the New Bedford Whaling Museum, is one of three books that has been shortlisted for the Alice Award, presented by Furthermore grants in publishing, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. The book receiving the Alice will be named on October 8, 2018.

Furthermore received more than 100 submissions for the 2018 Alice Award, including books that have received funding from Furthermore and are automatically considered for the Award. The shortlisted books are geographically diverse and all three have been recognized for focusing attention on subjects that are culturally significant in their various fields and not considered of broad general interest by mainstream publishers.  In order to be considered for the award, books must be well-made, illustrated books that afford a special sense of intimacy.

This year marks the sixth year of the Alice Award and $25,000 will be given to the winner while $5,000 will go to each of the other finalists. The other two finalists include Debi Cornwall: Welcome to Camp America, Inside Guantánamo Bay, published by Radius Books in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin, published by Yale University Press.

Michael P. Dyer’s O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt highlights unique artworks that capture the essence of whaling and its culture. The dangerous pursuit of whales has been justly studied and chronicled, but many writers have overlooked a significant cultural aspect of mul­ti-year voyages wherein day-to-day events were pictorially recorded. Buried deep within the logbooks, journals, and manuscripts of America’s whaling heritage are paintings, drawings, and representations of the whale hunt rarely, if ever, seen by the public. This comprehensive examination of whalemen’s art will be the standard reference text for years to come.

About Furthermore and the Alice Award
Furthermore, founded in 1995 by Joan K. Davidson, is a unique form of philanthropic support for non-fiction publishing that has given grants to nearly 1,200 publication projects—for writing, research, illustrations, editing, indexing, printing and binding, and more—totaling over $5 million. The $25,000 Alice award, inaugurated in 2013 and administered by Furthermore is given to a book that represents excellence in all aspects of the work—from idea to design to quality of production. This is the sixth Alice Award and $160,000 will have been contributed to institutions in support of illustrated publications when the Alice is presented at the Stand Bookstore in New York City on Monday, October 29. The Alice Award honors Alice M. Kaplan, Joan Davidson’s mother, who was the co-founder of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. Mrs. Kaplan energetically encouraged the Kaplan Fund to support music, dance, libraries, and the visual arts. The J. M. Kaplan Fund was founded in 1945 by Jacob M. Kaplan. Furthermore.org

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.


Media contacts:

Elizabeth Howard, Press Manager, The 2018 Alice Award

Tina Malott, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, New Bedford Whaling Museum