WTOP – Washington, DC  – Interview – April 20, 2017

“a love letter to the ocean”- Hosts Hillary Howard and Shawn Anderson

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The Write Now Podcast  – The Coffee Break Interview – April 9, 2017

  “a beautiful, poetical book”- Sarah Rhea Werner


The Islands’ Sounder  – Review – April 4, 2017

…a must-read for anybody who loves the ocean….accomplished….fascinating….White taught me the beauty of tides.  – Dr. Joe Gaydos, Science Director – SeaDoc Society

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Ocean Navigator  – Feature – May/June 2017

…a major new book on the importance of the tides.  – Tim Queeney

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KPBS – San Diego – Interview – March 14, 2017

Mid-day Edition Hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh


KQED, San Francisco – “Forum” Interview – March 14, 2017

“[Jonathan]…you write like an angel….Lovely, lyrical writing.” – Host Michael Krasny


The Oregonian – Review – March 12, 2017

“marvelous….a grand mix of science history, ocean lore and literary travel writing….

…makes gnarly subtleties lucid, and has a sense of humor when confronted with the technicalities of his subject

…gorgeous….prose that’s as beguiling as it is informative.” – Michael Upchurch

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KWMR – Interview on “Turning Pages” – March 8, 2017

“This is an incredible topic…it’s history, science, geography, travel; that space of water, waves, and the tides – all constantly moving!” – Host Lyons Filmer


San Diego Union Tribune – Interview – March 4, 2017

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Portland Press Herald – February 26, 2017

“…combines history, travel writing and science…From Sir Isaac Newton’s admirably straightforward theory…a model of astonishing complexity emerges, layer by layer…White’s research makes “Tides” a fascinating read”


Internet Review of Books – February 21, 2017

Tides is an ode to all those facets of the ocean tides’ rhythmic rise and fall–from mythology and lore to scientific research and great engineering feats.”


Bangor Daily News – February 10, 2017

“a fascinating work of literary nonfiction, rich with characters, stories and scenes from around the globe. White …. doesn’t simply examine the mysteries of the tides, he brings readers on his adventure — one filled with wonder and surprises and fed by White’s relentless curiosity.”


Publisher’s Weekly – December 30, 2016

“Conservationist White (Talking on the Water) combines scientific investigation with personal memoir in this solid examination of the nature of tides and waves. He looks at how tides are affected regularly by the moon and how they in turn affect both humans and sea life. White grew up surfing, diving, sailing, and fishing in coastal waters, and for years navigated the Pacific Northwest archipelago aboard his schooner, Crusader. Setting out to learn more about the tides, he identifies four zones of tidal exposure: the splash zone and the high, middle, and low intertidal zones. Sections about monster swells near Half Moon Bay, Calif., prove especially fascinating. At a spot named Mavericks, 20-foot waves attract surfers from around the world every winter. White also describes the changing tide in Venice, Italy, where residents have for decades dealt with flooding in lower elevations and consider its vicissitudes a normal feature of life. With an eye on the future, White outlines ways in which tidal energy can be “harnessed as a source of heat and light,” citing the importance of a supportive government and the need for strong renewable energy policies—ideals with which many readers will agree. Color photos.”


Kirkus Reviews – December 14, 2016

“Anyone inclined to take the movement of the tides for granted will think twice after reading this wide-ranging study from a conservationist and avid sailor.

White (Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity, 1994) chronicles his travels around the globe watching the tides go in and out, often pausing to reflect on the history of the still-incomplete human understanding of their workings. At the site of one of the highest tides in the world, close to the Arctic Circle in Canada, he ventured under the ice left behind by the retreating tide with an Inuit guide to hunt for mussels, finding himself in a “dreamlike state…insidethe body of the ocean.” In southern Chile, White was awed by the “seesaw” motion where two large oceans, whose tides are out of sync, meet. In England, he assisted at a “tidemill,” where the movement of the tide is harnessed to grind grain, and he ponders the future use of “tide energy,” which is still in its infancy. While intricate explanations of the mathematics and science behind the workings of the tides may leave some readers baffled, White always returns to the solid ground of personal experience. Graphs and line drawings illustrate the principles, and a series of photographs of places taken at both high and low tide serve as reminders of the dazzling power of this everyday change. If the author sometimes strays from his ostensible subject to focus on surfers riding enormous waves or to interview monks whose monastery is daily separated from the mainland by the tides, he always finds his way back to the dance between the sun, the moon, and the waters of Earth.

White’s heightened awareness of the planet’s “cosmic beat” is bound to make readers more sensitive to the mysteries of what might otherwise seem commonplace.”

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BlogCritics – Review – February 9, 2017

“When I first received this book for a review I thought I would learn some neat facts for impressing people on trivia night. I was ready to learn, but I wasn’t ready to feelTides is poetry, prose, and practical science intertwined with incredible skill.”


The Inertia – Feature – January 26, 2017

“The book is a circumnavigation – tides are simultaneously the protagonist and antagonist. Wreaker of havoc and deus ex machina. And perhaps what’s most interesting is White’s narrative surrounding how each part of the world has adapted to their unique tidal variations.”

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Light Green Stairs – Review – January 27, 2017

Go on, flip the switch on your tidal knowledge. You won’t get lost. There are maps and everything.

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Surfer’s Village – Feature – January 25, 2017

“White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides.”


Mind Body Green – Review – January 23, 2017

“For many of us, the ocean is veiled in mystery. Its vast expanse plays host to another world entirely….White dives into the science and the spiritual significance of oceans and tides around the world [and] … brings to the surface the ineffable relationship between water and land-bound spiritual seekers over centuries.”

Journaling on Paper – Review – January 22, 2017

“In this age of climate change denial, and those that would wish away the very evidence of humanity’s destructive nature, this book will help the reader understand just how vulnerable our ecosystem always was, and is at present. Tides does not fearmonger. It merely explains a world that we do not see. A world upon which we depend. A world that is endangered by our own hubris. Read this book. Learn. Understand. Explore”


Hakai Magazine – Coastal Science and Societies – Review – January 13, 2017

“…White’s…conversational style makes for livel[y] travel writing as he joins an Inuit guide in an ice cave beneath Ungava Bay in Canada’s Arctic, attends China’s Bore-Watching Festival on the Qiantang River, and interviews monks about the tides at northern France’s Mont Saint-Michel..”


Earthtalk Interview – January 12, 2017

JW: I can’t deny that in some way this was a spiritual journey for me. I knew early on that I wanted to interview the monks at Mont St. Michel, but they refused my initial requests. It took two years, but finally I got an invitation to a silent lunch and a 30-minute interview. In the end, we talked for an hour, and I learned that they had a strong awareness of the tide’s beauty and mystery. “The abbey,” brother Francoise-Marie said, “is a jewel set in a beautiful case [the bay]; isn’t beauty a language through which God and mankind want to meet?”

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Surf Like A Girl – Review – January 9, 2017

“As surfers, we can all relate to the love, power, and majesty of the ocean that White explores in depth….surprisingly fascinating and highly readable”

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Surfer’s Village – Feature – December 22, 2016

“…delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture—the very old and very new.”

Press Kit

Additional Photos Permitted for Media

Jonathan has hundreds of high quality images from his travels. Please inquire for more.

Monastery at Mont St. Michel, France, low tide (branded with book jacket)


Monastery at Mont St. Michel, France, low tide (unbranded)


Skookumchuck Narrows Flood Tide, British Columbia, Canada (branded)


Skookumchuck Narrows Flood Tide, British Columbia, Canada (unbranded)


Semipalmated Sandpipers, Bay of Fundy, Canada (branded)


Semipalmated Sandpipers, Bay of Fundy, Canada (unbranded)


The Silver Dragon bore charging up the Qiantang River, China (branded)


The Silver Dragon bore charging up the Qiantang River, China (branded)


The Qiantang Tidal Bore overtops its banks in China (unbranded)


Low Tide, Tsujuaq, Canada, in the Arctic (branded)


Low Tide, Tsujuaq, Canada, in the Arctic (unbranded)


Beach in Perranporth, England - Low and High Tide - (unbranded) - Courtesy of Michael Marten



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