AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary will present brilliant humorist Bill Bryson on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. In an unusual move, there will be no Friday Film that evening so we may bring you this unprecedented opportunity to meet the author. Bryson will read from his latest book At Home, and from his other bestselling works such as Notes from a Small Island, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and A Walk in the Woods- included on numerous "best nonfiction" lists and one of the most popular books ever at the Library.
Greenwich was chosen as one of only six cities on this rare U.S. book tour.
At Home is a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home. Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to "write a history of the world without leaving home." The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.
Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposition imaginable. He received the prestigious Aventis prize for Science Books (Stephen Hawking was another recipient) for A Short History of Nearly Everything. More than six million copies of Bryson's books have been sold in this country alone.
Dianes's Books will provide books for purchase and signing at the event. Free and open to all. For more information, please contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.