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Porter Square Books presents Jared Diamond in conversation with Toby Lester at the First Parish in Cambridge, MA. Ticket information below. The Third Chimpanzee is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for our survival. At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons--all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species' future if we change? Twenty years after the original edition, Diamond has written The Third Chimpanzee for Young People. Jared Diamond is professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published over 200 articles in Discover, Natural History, Nature, and Geo magazines. He is the author of several books including Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and has sold over 1.5 million copies, the international bestseller Collapse, and the recently published The world until yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? Toby Lester is the author of Da Vinci’s Ghost and The Fourth Part of the World and a contributing editor to The Atlantic. A former Peace Corps volunteer and United Nations observer, he lives in the Boston area with his wife and three daughters. His work has also appeared on the radio program This American Life. Please Note. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased below or at the store. Each ticket can be redeemed for $5 off any purchase at Porter Square Books after the event until May 3rd. Online ticket sales will close at 5:00PM on April 3. Tickets will still be available at the event.
Location: Street: First Parish Additional: 1446 Massachusetts Ave City: Cambridge, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 02138 Country: United States (afegit de IndieBound)… (més)
Northshire History Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, January 15th, at 6pm in our conference room for a discussion of, Da Vinci's ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image, by Toby Lester.
If you would like more information on the group, or would like to join us, please email email@example.com.
Location: Street: 4869 Main St Additional: City: Manchester Center, Province: Vermont Postal Code: 05255 Country: United States (afegit de IndieBound)… (més)
Hingham Library and Buttonwood Books Author Series
The Hingham Public Library and Buttonwood Books & Toys welcome author Toby Lester discussing his new book "Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image" on Sat. Mar. 10, 3 PM at the Hingham Library. Everyone knows the picture: a man meticulously rendered by Leonardo da Vinci, standing with arms and legs outstretched in a circle and a square. Lester's narrative provides the back story to this iconic drawing. Lester previous book, "The Fourth Part of the World” was picked as Book of the Year by “The Washington Post,” “The Wall Street Journal” and several other publications. Free event. Please call Buttonwood at 781-383-2665 for more details. (ButtonwoodBooks)… (més)
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Toby Lester, DaVinci’s Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
“Like almost everyone, I’ve seen Leonardo’s drawing of the nude man in the circle. But until I read Toby Lester’s terrific new book, I had no idea about the story behind the picture--or even that there was a story behind the picture. Deftly weaving together art, architecture, history, theology, and much else, Da Vinci’s Ghost is a first-rate intellectual enchantment.” Charles Mann, author of 1493
“Every once in a while that rare book comes along that is not only wonderfully written and utterly compelling but also alters the way you perceive the world. Toby Lester’s Da Vinci’s Ghost is such a book. Like a detective, Lester uncovers the secrets of an iconic drawing and pieces together a magisterial history of art and ideas and beauty.” David Grann, author of THE LOST CITY OF Z
Toby Lester is a contributing editor to and has written extensively for The Atlantic. A former PeaceCorps volunteer and United Nations observer, he lives in the Boston area with his wife and three daughters. His previous book, The Fourth Part of the World, about the map that gave America its name, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Award and was picked as a Book of the Year by several publications. His work has also been featured on This American Life.
Location: Street: Porter Square Shopping Center Additional: 25 White Street City: Cambridge, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 02140 Country: United States (afegit de IndieBound)… (més)
Toby Lester - "Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Invented the World in His Image"
Toby Lester visits Gibson's again for the presentation of his new book, Da Vinci's Ghost. Some of you may remember last year's event for The Fourth Part of the World, and will look forward to the treat of Toby's slideshow and presentation. With sparkling prose and a rich variety of original illustrations, Lester captures the brief but momentous time in the history of western thought when the Middle Ages gave way to the Renaissance, art and science and philosophy converged as one, and all seemed to hold out the promise that a single human mind, if properly harnessed, could grasp the nature of everything. We're holding this event in the Screening Room at Red River Theatres to accomodate the crowds, and Toby's visual presentation. Tickets are $6, or free with the purchase of Da Vinci's Ghost from Gibson's Bookstore. (GibsonsB)… (més)
Lloc de l'esdeveniment: Red River Theatres
Sunday, February 12th at 3 pm - Toby Lester, "Da Vinci's Ghost"
Toby Lester is a journalist, an editor, and an independent scholar. In addition to writing books, he is a longtime contributor to The Atlantic, for whom he has written extensively, on such topics as the reconstruction of ancient Greek music, the revisionist study of the Qur'an, and the attempt to change alphabets in Azerbaijan. Between 1995 and 2005 he worked for The Atlantic in a number of different editorial capacities—as a staff editor, as the executive editor of the website, as a senior editor, and as a managing editor. He has also served as the editor of Country Journal and the executive editor of DoubleTake. His writing has appeared in not only The Atlantic but also Smithsonian, The Boston Globe, The American Scholar, The Wilson Quarterly, BBC News Magazine, and the London Times, as well as a number of anthologies, including the lead chapter of the recent New Literary History of America.
Prior to 1995, Lester worked in international relief and development: monitoring intifada-related activity in the West Bank, as a refugee-affairs officer for the United Nations; helping establish programs in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, as a Peace Corps country desk officer; and teaching English in a mountain school, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Yemen. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1987 with degrees in English and French, and now lives in the Boston area with his wife and three daughters.
"Old maps lead you to strange and unexpected places, and none does so more ineluctably than the subject of this book: the giant, beguiling Waldseemuller world map of 1507." So begins this remarkable story of the map that gave America its name. For millennia Europeans believed that the world consisted of three parts: Europe, Africa, and Asia. They drew the three continents in countless shapes and sizes on their maps, but occasionally they hinted at the existence of a "fourth part of the world," a mysterious, inaccessible place, separated from the rest by a vast expanse of ocean. It was a land of myth--until 1507, that is, when two obscure scholars working in the mountains of eastern France made it real. Columbus had died the year before convinced that he had sailed to Asia, but these scholars, after reading about the Atlantic discoveries of Columbus's contemporary Amerigo Vespucci, came to a startling conclusion: Vespucci had reached the fourth part of the world. To celebrate his achievement, Waldseemuller and Ringmann printed a huge map, for the first time showing the New World surrounded by water and distinct from Asia, and in Vespucci's honor they gave this New World a name: America. The Fourth Part of the World is the story behind that map, a thrilling saga of geographical and intellectual exploration, full of outsize thinkers and voyages. We're having this event with Toby Lester at Red River because there, with a multi-media presentation, he will be able to communicate more fully the wealth of material that went into this book. (bookconscious)… (més)
Lloc de l'esdeveniment: Red River Theatres
An Afternoon with the Author: Toby Lester discusses The Fourth Part of the World
The Fourth Part of the World concerns the making – and the later loss and reappearance – of the Waldseemuller Map, the 1507 document that first gave America a name. During the Middle Ages, mapmakers showed the world as including three large land masses: Europe , Asia , and Africa . In the early 1500s two German cartographers, Martin Waldseemuller and Mathias Ringmann, received a commission to create a new map of the known world. They were already familiar with two printed accounts of a new, fourth continent that had been penned by a colorful Italian explorer named Amerigo Vespucci, and so they decided to include this new land mass on their map and to give it a name. The name they agreed upon was the feminine form of Vespucci's first name, which appeared in the published document in large letters across the southern portion of the continent – approximately in the space today occupied by Brazil. Only one copy of the Waldseemuller Map is known to have survived; it was found in 1901 by a Jesuit historian exploring in a German castle. In 2003 the famous document was purchased for $10 million by the Library of Congress, where the map now resides on permanent display in an argon-filled exhibit case. (HinghamPublicLibrary)… (més)
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Toby Lester is a contributing editor to and has written extensively for The Atlantic. His work has also been featured on the radio show This American Life. A former Peace Corps volunteer and United Nations observer, he lives in the Boston area with his wife and three daughters. He is an invited research scholar at Brown University's John Carter Brown Library.