On Saturday, February 23, our Book Conversations group will discuss The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt.
This nonfiction work, by the author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare recounts discovery of Lucretius long neglected manuscript found by a determined book hunter. Lucretius was an Roman philopher and poet who conceived the universe as comprised of particles continually in motion, without the intervention of gods. He argued that religion was damaging to mankind and free will was possible. His revolutionary thoughts were rediscovered 600 years agao in a German monastery library. The book hunter, Poggio Braccialini, made the greatest find of his age and reintroduced the book which inspired many of the great thinkers of the Renaissance.
Saturday Book Conversations welcomes new members at any time. Feel free to call Beth Van Ness, the Reference Librarian for more information or come to a monthly meeting. If you are interested solely in a particular selection, you are very welcome to just attend that one discussion. Copies of our current selection are available at our Circulation Desk.
Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. For information: (860) 693-5800 or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org