Live From Prairie Lights: Rebecca Romney in Conversation with Colleen Theisen

Live From Prairie Lights: Rebecca Romney in Conversation with Colleen Theisen
June 21, 2017 - 12:30pm
Prairie Lights Books

Please join us for a special in-conversation lunch-hour event! Rebecca Romney will read from and talk about her new book, Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History, with University of Iowa Special Collections Librarian Colleen Theisen.

Print history, like any history, is full of strange people and goings-on. The road paved by our civilization's best books is a long and noble one, but it is also lined with unexpected potholes and sharp turns into what-the-hell-is-going-on-here? territory. Among the many other tales told in Printer's Error are the story of the man who coined the term "atlas," who was also responsible for generations of Europeans believing that "Little People" inhabited the Arctic; the history of the "bad" versions of Shakespeare's plays, including a Hamlet who sounds more like a drunken pirate than a prince; and the fate of William Tyndale, who made the Holy Bible accessible to countless worshippers—and was also burned at the stake for heresy.

"If you think printing history sounds fascinating, you’ll love it. If you think printing history sounds dull, you’ll also love it. And no matter how much you think you know about books, you’ll find yourself saying, 'Are you freaking kidding me? I never knew that!'” —Charlie Lovett

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