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Thomas Christensen

Event Type: Creative Nonfiction Reading/Talk
Event Date and Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Thomas Christensen reads from his essay collection, River of Ink: [An Illustrated History of Literacy] (Counterpoint, $35)

This gorgeously illustrated book ranges widely across time and cultures, creating a magisterial history of literacy. The book’s title refers to the sacking of Baghdad in 1258 when the Tigris ran black with the ink of books flung into the water by Mongol invaders. Other essays range from the writings of prehistoric Chinese cultures known only through archaeology to the state of book reviewing in the US today to the heroic efforts of contemporary Afghanis to keep the legacy of their ancient culture alive under the barrage of endless war.

Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley , CA 94705
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