NY Times Best Selling Author Thomas Cahill to Visit Greenwich Library on 11/20

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On Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m., AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary will present acclaimed historian Thomas Cahill, author of the Hinges of History series, in the Cole Auditorium. Cahill will discuss his newly released book Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created our World. Unlike many history lessons, a Thomas Cahill book or speech is impossible to forget. 

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Heretics and Heroes is volume VI in the ambitious Hinges of History series, the first of which, How the Irish Saved Civilization, spent nearly two years on the New York Times bestseller list and has over 1.25 million copies in print. Cahill's books are now required reading in many colleges and universities. 

In Heretics and Heroes, Cahill draws fresh portrayals of the hallmarks of history and culture: the Black Death, the Borgias, corrupt popes, the Inquisition; and the individuals, the artists, scientists and religious thinkers of the Renaissance and Reformation whose work and ideas remain vitally relevant. 

Says Publishers Weekly, "In this remarkable sixth installment of his Hinges of History series, Cahill writes passionately about the era's transformational art, the unexpected benefits of the Black Plague, and the intellectual struggles over secular and papal power, resulting in an entertaining yet thought-provoking examination of Western civilization." 

Thomas Cahill is best known for taking on a broad scope of complex history and distilling it into a remarkably accessible and entertaining narrative. His lively, engaging writing animates cultures that existed up to five millennia ago, revealing the lives of his principal characters with refreshing insight. He writes history, not in its usual terms of war and atrocity, but by inviting his audience into an ancient world to commune with some of the most influential people who ever lived.  

Thomas Cahill was raised in the Bronx, educated by Jesuits and studied ancient Greek and Latin. He completed both a B.A. in classical literature and philosophy, and a pontifical degree in philosophy at Fordham University then went on to complete his M.F.A. in film and dramatic literature at Columbia. He studied scripture at New York's Union Theological Seminary, and spent two years as a Visiting Scholar at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he studied Hebrew and the Hebrew Bible in preparation for writing The Gifts of the Jews. He also reads French and Italian. Prior to retiring to write full-time, he was Director of Religious Publishing at Doubleday for six years. A mesmerizing speaker, Cahill has addressed the U.S. Congress on the Judeo-Christian roots of moral responsibility in American Politics. He and his wife Susan, also an author, divide their time between New York and Rome. 

Click here to check availability of books by Thomas Cahill, including Heretics and Heros, in the Greenwich Library Catalogue.

AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books. This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933, mweill@greenwichlibrary.org, or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive for a complete list of AuthorsLive events.

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