March events set at Labyrinth Books
Princeton NJ — Labyrinth Books will host the following events, which feature Princeton faculty members or are cosponsored by a campus office or organization, in March. The events, which are free and open to the public, will be held at the bookstore, 122 Nassau St., unless otherwise noted:
• Sam Wang, associate professor of molecular biology, will discuss his new book, “Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6. In the book, Wang and co-author Sandra Aamodt dispel common myths about the brain and provide a comprehensive overview of how it really works.
• Animal rights activist Gene Baur will read from his new book, “Farm Sanctuary,” and discuss his work at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8. In this examination of the modern farm industry, Baur evaluates the real cost of the meat on people’s plates — for both humans and animals — and investigates ethical questions involved in the production of beef, poultry, pork, milk and eggs. This event is cosponsored by the Princeton Animal Welfare Society, a student organization.
• Poet Frank Bidart will read from his new collection, “Watching the Spring Festival,” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. Bidart, who won the 2007 Bollingen Prize in American Poetry, is widely acknowledged as one of the significant poets of his time. His new collection is considered perhaps his most accessible, mysterious and austerely beautiful book. This event is cosponsored by the Department of English.
• Chinua Achebe, considered the father of modern African literature, and Princeton scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah will present a discussion marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of Achebe’s seminal novel, “Things Fall Apart,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St. Achebe, the winner of the 2007 Man Booker International Prize for achievement in fiction, and Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, will discuss Achebe’s work and the state of literature in Africa and around the world. This event is cosponsored by the Princeton Public Library and the University’s Center for African American Studies and Program in African Studies.
For more information about these and other events at Labyrinth, visit www.labyrinthbooks.com/events_calendar.aspx.