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Amateur Hour at the Institute Library, Featuring Jack Hitt and Joshua Foer
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
New Haven, CT
Amateur Hour, the Institute Library's new monthly series curated by Joshua Foer and Jack Hitt, explores the passions and pursuits of Connecticut's most inspiring fanatics, obsessives, tinkerers, and collectors. Join us on June 13th at 7pm, as Josh and Jack kick off the series with a conversation about Jack's new book, Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character, which chronicles his travels among the garages, dorm rooms, and kitchens of this generation's self-motivated thinkers, and a peek inside the current doings of the American amateur.
Following the conversation, audience members will have an opportunity to purchase Jack's Bunch of Amateurs and Josh's Moonwalking with Einstein and have their books signed by the authors. Coffee, light pastries, and books are courtesy of Atticus Bookstore and Café.
Tickets are $5 for Institute Library members and $10 for non-members. To become a member of the Institute Library for the modest annual fee of $25, please visit http://institutelibrary.org/join.html, and to learn more about the library, please visit our web site, blog, or facebook page today.
Jack Hitt is the author of a new book, Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character. Most days, he’s a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. He occasionally contributes to the public radio program, This American Life. He is currently touring a one-man show, “Making Up the Truth” – a series of his slightly incredible real-life stories woven in with the contemporary brain science that nearly answers the question, “Is any of this true?”
Joshua Foer is the author of the New York Times best seller Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Esquire, Slate, Outside, the New York Times, and other publications. He is also the co-founder of the online guide to the world’s wonders & curiosities, Atlas Obscura, and of the design competition Sukkah City.
The Institute Library, New Haven’s oldest independent literary institution and one of America’s last remaining membership libraries, was founded in 1826 by eight young working men dedicated to “intellectual and moral improvement” through a shared book collection and mutual encouragement in writing and declamation. Known variously during the 19th century as the “Apprentices Literary Association,” “Young Mechanics Library,” and “New Haven Young Men’s Institute,” the library flourished for decades as the heart of democratic intellectual life in New Haven, offering lectures, literature, debates, and classes to men and women from a wide range of social and educational backgrounds.
In 2011, the library formally renewed its commitment to the cultural life of New Haven with expanded space and hours, community partnerships, and a wide range of new events and programs. To learn more, please visit the library or email HERE today!
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