Simon Winchester: Skulls – A Compelling Tale
Of The World's Most Bizarre Collection
Journalist; Author, A Crack at the Edge of the World and
Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley’s Curious Collection
Brian Hackney, CBS 5 Correspondent - Moderator
The renowned writer and raconteur whose books on the 1906 earthquake, Krakatoa and the Oxford English Dictionary captivated readers worldwide now presents a spellbinding exploration of an obsessive collector of what some may call the macabre: more than 300 animal skulls, including amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles. Winchester writes: “Skulls have exerted for scores of thousands of years an almost inexplicable power over the human imagination. They are symbols both of existence and of former existence; they are freighted with terror and awe; they tell of life, death, and the afterlife, of good and evil, of danger, authority and majesty.” Join the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, Atlantic, The Map That Changed the World, Krakatoa and A Crack in the Edge of the World for a fascinating and entertaining exploration into obsession and the macabre.
Wed, Dec 5 2012 - 6:00pm
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing
Cost: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Location Blue Room, The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
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The Commonwealth Club
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