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Author Discussion With Angus Fletcher: Wonderworks
March 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm| Free
Join us for a live online conversation with Angus Fletcher, author of Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature, an examination of literary inventions through the ages, from ancient Mesopotamia to Elena Ferrante, that shows how writers have created technical breakthroughs—rivaling any scientific inventions—and engineering enhancements to the human heart and mind. Joining Angus in conversation is Karen Paik, author of several books on Pixar’s films.
Wonderworks reviews the blueprints for twenty-five of the most powerful developments in the history of literature. These inventions can be scientifically shown to alleviate grief, trauma, loneliness, anxiety, numbness, depression, pessimism, and ennui—all while sparking creativity, courage, love, empathy, hope, joy, and positive change. They can be found all throughout literature—from ancient Chinese lyrics to Shakespeare’s plays, poetry to nursery rhymes and fairy tales, and crime novels to slave narratives. An easy-to-understand exploration of the new literary field of story science, Wonderworks teaches you everything you wish you learned in your English class. Based on the author’s own research, it is an eye-opening and thought-provoking work that offers us a new understanding of the power of literature.
Angus Fletcher is a professor of story science at Ohio State’s Project Narrative, the world’s leading academic think-tank for the study of stories. He has dual degrees in neuroscience and literature, received his PhD from Yale, taught Shakespeare at Stanford, and has published two books and dozens of peer-reviewed academic articles on the scientific workings of novels, poetry, film, and theater.
Online program from the Lewes Public Library and Browseabout Books.
NOTE: this meeting is being conducted through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER to receive instructions for joining the meeting.
- March 18
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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