2021 Programs


The Bounty

Wednesday, November 10 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Don’t miss the fascinating story of one of the controversial events in maritime history! Presenter Mark Jordan will discuss the mission, the men, and the mutiny on the HMS Bounty. Learn how the story ends: the notorious Captain Bligh’s miraculous 4,000-mile journey in a 23-foot boat, the disappearance of Fletcher Christian and his mutineers, and the eventual discovery of their whereabouts 20 years later.

Mark Jordan is an intrepid adventurer and lecturer with an abiding interest in exploration, especially Polar exploration.  He recently adventured to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, tracing much of the route taken by Sir Ernest Shackleton in his Endurance Expedition. Mr. Jordan, a retired attorney, teaches and lectures on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Shakespeare at various venues including the Walnut Creek Library, the Blackhawk Museum and Cal Sate University East Bay.

Mark Jordan requests that attendees watch one or more of the four Bounty films prior to his program on Nov. 10th. These will serve to prepare and enrich the learning experience.

  • In the Wake of the Bounty (1933), starring Mayne Lynton and Errol Flynn (available on Kanopy)
  • Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), starring Clark Gable and Charles Laughton
  • Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), starring Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard
  • The Bounty (1984), starring Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins

The Walnut Creek Library Foundation would like to thank our sponsors for making this program possible. Presenting sponsor: Simpson Family. Masterpiece sponsors: Mary Ann Hruska; Robin Kokemor Rangel and Arthur Rangel; Rudney Associates and Whittier Trust. Classic Sponsors: Cynthia and Mark Jordan; Sharon and James Moore; Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery; and Rutan & Tucker, LLP. Bestseller sponsors: Stanley Buller; Howard and Susan Geifman Philanthropic Fund; Cynthia and Ward Pynn; Cindy and Thomas Silva; and Diane Crowley Young & Lance Young. Contributing sponsor: Bill King.


2021 Past Events 

Broadway’s Golden Age: The Making of an American Art Form, 1927-1964

October 6, 2021

Why We Swim with author Bonnie Tsui

June 9, 2021 



Showing Up Boldly: The Political and Organizing History of Black Women

May 12, 2021


Art & Algae: Journey Into The Curious World of Seaweed

April 14, 2021

California: Of Peril and Stewardship

March 17, 2021

SUCCESSFUL AGING: The Power and Potential of Our Lives
Dr. Daniel Levitin in conversation with founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir

January 13, 2021

2020 Past Events 

Classical Guitar Performance, 16th-20th Centuries

December 9, 2020

The Great Escape: Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure with Mark Jordan

PART ONE: October 21, 2020 

PART TWO: October 22, 2020 

Summer Fun with Historical Fiction

July 20, 2020 

In Conversation with Mary Ladd, Author of The Wig Diaries

June 24, 2020 

Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era 

March 2, 2020

The Life of Robert Noble Burgess

February 12, 2020


Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library

January 15, 2020

Live from the Library

Live! From the Library, produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, features free public lectures, literary events, and cultural programs at the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries. Program sponsors are the East Bay Times, Friends of the Walnut Creek Library, and Minuteman Press, Lafayette. Programming is also made possible by donations to the Foundation’s Annual Fund. View past programs on our Video page.  Contra Costa TV airs past programs Sundays at 8 p.m. Visit their website for channel info.

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