WORD is thrilled to welcome author and filmmaker William McKeever to Jersey City for a celebration of sharks—the ocean's most misunderstood creatures. William will be screening a 20-minute preview of the movie Man Bites Shark and discussing Emperors of the Deep, his new book that attempts to dispel many popular myths about sharks.
Please note that admission to this event requires either a purchase of Emperors of the Deep OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in store at WORD on the day of the event only.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In this remarkable and groundbreaking book, a documentarian and conservationist, determined to dispel misplaced fear and correct common misconceptions, explores the secret lives of sharks—magnificent creatures who play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans and ultimately the planet.
From blockbusters like Jaws to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying, cold-blooded underwater predators. But as Ocean Guardian founder William McKeever reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow. The first book to reveal in full the hidden lives of sharks, Emperors of the Deep examines four species—Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White—as never before, and includes fascinating details such as:
- Sharks are 50 million years older than trees
- Sharks have survived five extinction-level events, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs
- Sharks have electroreception, a sixth sense that lets them pick up on electric fields generated by living things
- Sharks can dive 4,000 feet below the surface
- Sharks account for only 6 human fatalities per year, while humans kill 100 million sharks per year
McKeever goes back through time to probe the shark’s prehistoric secrets and how it has become the world’s most feared and most misunderstood predator, and takes us on a pulse-pounding tour around the world and deep under the water’s surface, from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific, to see sharks up close in their natural habitat. He also interviews ecologists, conservationists, and world-renowned shark experts, including the founders of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, the head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, and the self-professed “last great shark hunter.”
At once a deep-dive into the misunderstood world of sharks and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep celebrates this wild species that hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of the ocean—if we can prevent their extinction from climate change and human hunters.
ABOUT WILLIAM MCKEEVER
William McKeever is the founder of Ocean Guardian, a NGO dedicated to ocean conservation. He is the producer and director of the forthcoming feature-length documentary Man Bites Shark, which will premiere in the spring.
“Emperors of the Deep is a must-read for anyone in love with our oceans and concerned with averting the looming ecological destruction of our planet. McKeever brings to light the importance of sharks and their role as ancient guardians of the seas.”—John Hocevar, Oceans Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA
$5 admission to this event at our Jersey City store. Your $5 admission voucher functions like a gift card and can be used toward anything in store on the night of the event only.