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This Is Now: Simon Winchester

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One of the most entertaining speakers and captivating historians of our time, Simon Winchester, joins Angie Coiro for the book Land.

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Online Event. Webinar access comes with one copy of Land. Make it more fun by having a friend or book group member join you online-- add up to one additional screen per book purchase. If you are not able to join us live, all ticketholders will receive a link to the recording following the event.

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The story of the world is the story of land: stories of taming, acquiring, and exploiting this basic building block of human culture. But can the ground beneath us truly be owned?

With his trademark keen intellect, insatiable curiosity, and narrative verve, Winchester tackles the tale of the billions of acres under our care: how we acquire it, steward it, fight over it, share it. Who actually owns the world’s land—and why does it matter?

Perhaps no author could take on this massive topic better than Simon Winchester—not only one of the most entertaining speakers we’ve had the pleasure of hosting, but also one of the most impressive historians. His 1990’s bestseller, The Professor and the Madman, has sold millions of copies and is a modern classic. Since then, he has racked up one literary hit after another, all due to a knack for finding and shaping fascinating stories within a subject. Pacific, The Perfectionists, The Map That Changed the World—history alive with Winchester’s gifts of language and detail.

Kepler’s Literary Foundation is proud to launch Simon Winchester’s Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World.

In conversation with Angie Coiro, Winchester explores how the very ground beneath us has shaped human history. Invite your book club, and don’t miss it!

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