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Saturday, October 15 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Nonfiction Keynote: James Gleick Talks with Tom Ashbrook

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The notion of time has fascinated scientists, philosophers, novelists and poets for, well, for a long time, if not forever. The acclaimed and influential science writer James Gleick’s new book, Time Travel: A History, is an engaging cultural, literary, and scientific exploration of time travel that seamlessly weaves discussions of the works of, among others, H. G. Wells, Ursula Le Guin, Vladimir Nabokov, Daphne du Maurier, William Gibson, and Woody Allen with the theories of Newton, Einstein, Gödel, Hawking, and Schrödinger. Come hear James Gleick discuss the history and, perhaps, the future of time travel with the timeless Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point on WBUR. Sponsored by the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation/Plymouth Rock Foundation.

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Tom Ashbrook

Tom Ashbrook has been the host of WBUR’s On Point since 2001. Prior to radio work, Ashbrook spent ten years in Asia, starting his journalistic career at the South China Morning Post and later becoming the foreign editor for the Boston Globe. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University... Read More →

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James Gleick

Nonfiction Keynote
James Gleick is a bestselling science writer who served for ten years as a reporter and editor for the New York Times. His first book, Chaos, was a National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist and inspired Nature’s Chaos, a collaboration with photographer Eliot Porter... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Old South Sanctuary