Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Simon Winchester Author Reading

One of my all time favourite non-fiction writers is coming to town tonight! Simon Winchester will be reading at the Keshen Goodman Public Library, November 24th @ 7:00p.m.

I was first introduced to Simon Winchester's great writing with The Map that Changed the World: William Smith and birth of modern geology. While I was waiting all day to see if I would be selected for jury duty, I sat transfixed in the provincial courthouse, totally engrossed in the story of William Smith. I continued to read on the bus home and finished the book that evening. I never would have thought that a book about a geologist and mapmaking could hold my attention so well.

I then went on to enjoy many other of his titles, such as Krakatoa and The Professor and the Madman.

I absolutely love his ability to interweave the personal stories and motivations of the people involved, as well as the prevailing social context, into his examination the broader topic. I heartily encourage you to come out and hear Simon read tonight and/or checkout one of his great books. He is a world class writer.

Atlantic: great sea battles, heroic discoveries, Titanic storms, and a vast ocean of a million stories.

Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, Atlantic tells the saga of the Atlantic Ocean, setting it against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution. Simon Winchester's works include The Map that Changed the World and Krakatoa. His books have been on the New York Times and a number of other bestsellers lists.

Keshen Goodman Public Library
Wednesday, November 24/7:00 pm

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