Throughout the winter, the BCHS Virtual Book Club will read classics by Hawthorne, Melville, Wharton, as well as contemporary literature related to Berkshire County history. This engaging group, which includes members from around the globe, meets every 2-3 weeks. Beginning January 20 at 4 pm, the group will read In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. The book, which tells the story of a whaleship that was sunk by a sperm whale in 1820, won the 2000 National Book Award for nonfiction. To participate, email for the zoom link and to learn about the current reading and upcoming meeting dates. Participants are asked to read the first five chapters in advance of the January 20 discussion.