Whalemobile comes to Westborough’s Tatnuck Bookseller


Whalemobile comes to Westborough’s Tatnuck Bookseller
Cynde McInnis presents some facts about whales before leading a group into “Nile,” an inflatable replica of a female humpback whale, on Sunday, May 21, at Tatnuck Bookseller in Westborough. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – How do you bring a whale into a bookstore?

The way you bring a whale into schools and other places.

If you’re the Whalemobile, that means carting an inflatable replica of “Nile,” a female humpback whale that lives in the North Atlantic.

On Sunday, May 21, “Nile” was rolled out in the event room at Tatnuck Bookseller on Lyman Street. As she was inflated, she went from zero to about 30 feet in a couple of minutes.

Once “Nile” was ready, Cynde McInnis ushered in about 20 children and adults through a slit on the whale’s side. While seated inside the whale, McInnis told about its anatomy – blowhole, brain, heart, baleen – their habitat, and what can be done to help preserve the species.

McInnis has been a whale lover since the age of 8, while growing up on a farm in Indiana. In addition to the Whalemobile, she leads trips for 7 Seas Whale Watches out of Gloucester. She has also been active in field research and projects involving whales for three decades.

Upcoming events at Tatnuck

Tatnuck Booksellers has the following author visits in June:

June 3, noon to 1 p.m. – Farhana Zia, “Lali’s Flip Flops” Her stories blend humor, Indian tradition, memories and contemporary moments.

June 3, 2 to 3 p.m. – Richard Golub, “Ruckus.” Known and renowned for his background as an attorney to the elite (Bob Dylan, Martin Scorsese, Ken Russell, Brooke Shields, Christie Brinkley, Sharon Stone, Donald Trump, and Golub’s former wife, the actress Marisa Berenson, among other plaintiffs and defendants), Golub now shares his beginnings as wild and enigmatic young man in this riotous and affecting memoir set in Worcester.

For information on events and programs, as well as what’s available on the shelves, visit https://www.tatnuck.com/

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