Authors on Stage

When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Coffee 9:45 a.m. Program 10:30 a.m.
Where: Wellesley College Club
Cost: $27
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Lunch: $16 (including tax and tip; no advance payment required for lunch). For lunch reservations, call the College Club at 781-283-2700.

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We are delighted to have Alan Lightman, the distinguished MIT professor, physicist, and writer, join the program. We regret that Will Dowd, previously announced, is now unable to attend. However, we will have on hand a few copies of his book for sale; for more information, click here.


Alan Lightman—Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine​aos_5_2018_lightman_credit_michael_lionstar--1-


From the acclaimed author of Einstein's Dreams, this lyrical meditation on religion and science explores the tension between our desire for certainty, and the modern scientific discoveries that demonstrate the uncertain nature of the world. “Lightman’s illuminating language and crisp imagery aim to ignite a sense of wonder in any reader who’s ever pondered the universe, our world, and the nature of human consciousness.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) Alan Lightman is a novelist, essayist, physicist, and educator. He is Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at MIT, the first professor at MIT to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities. (Authors photo © Michael Lionstar)



aos_5_2018_stone_credit_spencer_millsap--1-Daniel Stone—The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats 


David Fairchild, a late-19th-century food explorer, visited more than fifty countries as a special agent for the American government. In search of foods that would enrich our farmers and enchant the American palate, he brought back avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes, and thousands more that would forever change what we eat. During his world travels, Fairchild was arrested, caught diseases, and bargained with island tribes. “A delightful and beautiful read.” (Alice Waters) Daniel Stone writes on environmental science and botany and teaches at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Washington, D.C. (Author photo © Spencer Millsap)


aos_5_2018_thomas_squareAugust Thomas—Liar's Candle


In present-day Ankara, a terror attack on a US Embassy leaves diplomatic intern Penny Kessler waking up in the hospital only to find herself in the middle of an international crisis, pursued by both Turkey’s powerful forces and the CIA. This debut thriller is informed by August Thomas’s deep knowledge of Turkey—she is fluent in Turkish, studied there as a Fulbright Scholar, and has lived in Istanbul and Ankara. “A James Bond-style thriller… the cinematic action sweeps the reader along.” (Publishers Weekly) A travel writer as well as a novelist, she lives in Massachusetts. (Author photo © Rosanne Daryl Thomas)