In Conversation with Dani S. Bassett and Perry Zurn on Curious Minds (In-Person)

Date / Time

  • February 15, 2023
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Curiosity, say Perry Zurn and Dani Bassett, is a practice of connection: it connects ideas into networks of knowledge, and it connects knowers themselves, both to the knowledge they seek and to each other. Traipsing across literatures of antiquity and medieval science, Victorian poetry and nature essays, as well as work by writers from a variety of marginalized communities, they trace a multitudinous curiosity. The book performs the very curiosity that it describes, inviting readers to participate—to be curious with the book and not simply about it. 

In Conversation with Emma Smith on Portable Magic (In-Person)

Date / Time

  • March 28, 2023
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Portable Magic explores how, when, and why books became so iconic. Every book is designed to influence our reading experience—to enchant, enrage, delight, and disturb us—and our long-standing love affair with books in turn has had direct, momentous consequences across time.