Book Launch: “The North Atlantic Right Whale,” with author Joann Hamilton-Barry, Director, Saint John Free Public Library. The North Atlantic right whale, one of the largest whales in the world, was considered nearly extinct by the 1950s. It has experienced a slow recovery due to conservation efforts in the late 20th century, however, commercial fishing-related deaths in recent years, including the loss of at least 17 whales in 2017 has put the species at a level of critical endangerment. The next few decades will determine its survival. Offering background on the whale’s history, unique biology and behaviour, information on what is killing them and how readers can help, “The North Atlantic Right Whale” is an accessible book that will spark action and increased awareness of the plight of this majestic creature. 1:00 pm - book signing and sales will follow the talk and reading.