Friday, January 29, 2010

Science writer Michael Sims speaks @ Caddo Magnet High on Th, Feb 11, 6:30 pm

Michael Sims is a noted American nonfiction writer, author most recently of Apollo’s Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination (Viking, 2007). Sims’s books have received critical acclaim in almost every English-speaking country, says Wikipedia.

The author will speak in Shreveport at Caddo Magnet High on Thurs, Feb 11, as part of the Mary Jane Malone Lectures. His talk, a celebration of Darwin's birthday, is in the Caddo Magnet PAC at 6:30 pm, says Kris Clements. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sims published Darwin's Orchestra in 1997, about which Martin Gardner wrote, "Sims's range is awesome."

But it was Sims's second book, Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form, in 2003, that established his reputation as an original and witty observer of the natural world. Published simultaneously in the U.S. and England, it was chosen as a Library Journal Best Science Book and a New York Times Notable Book.

In 2007 Viking published Apollo's Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination, which National Public Radio chose as one of the best science books of the year.

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