A Company of Authors with Peter Stansky

Sponsored by Continuing Studies


Saturday, April 24, 2010
1:00 pm –
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Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street

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Continuing Studies is proud to sponsor the seventh annual A Company of Authors event, which has quickly become a Stanford tradition — a Spring “book salon” featuring the rich variety of writers associated with the University. In the comfortable and collegial setting of the Stanford Humanities Center, as many as fifteen writers in all genres from fiction to biography, and international politics to religion, will present their latest books.

A Company of Authors is hosted by Peter Stansky, Field Professor of History, Emeritus, and is cosponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center, the Stanford Bookstore, and the Palo Alto Weekly.

Drop in, or indulge yourself by spending the entire afternoon in the company of these bright, entertaining, and stimulating writers. At the event, the Stanford Bookstore will sell books at a 10 percent discount, and authors will sign copies. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, April 24

1:00 — 5:30 pm

Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa Street

FREE; no registration required

Open to the public



Peter Stansky, Host

Russia and Beyond

1:10 — 1:40

Nancy Kollmann, Chair

Alexander Dallin Gail Lapidus ed, The Uses of History: Understanding the Soviet Union and Russia

Bertrand M. Patenaude, Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary

Steven Zipperstein, Rosenfeld's Lives: Fame, Oblivion and the Furies of Writing

Herant Katchadourian, Guilt: The Bite of Conscience

The Power of the Past and the Present

1:50 - 2:20 

Peter Stansky, Chair

Jack Rakove, The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence

Stan Yogi & Elaine Elinson, Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragist, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California

Life and Imagination

2:30 - 3:10

Hilton Obenzinger, Chair

Denise Gigante, Life: Organic Form and Romanticism

Kathryn Ma, All That Work and Still No Boys

Jean-Marie Apostolides, The Metamorphoses of Tintin

Shelley Fisher Fishkin,The Mark Twain Anthology; Mark Twain's Book of Animals; Feminist Engagements

Poetry Rules

3:20 — 4:10

Charles Junkerman, Chair

Patrick Hunt, Cloud Shadows of Olympus

Tom Killion and Gary Snyder, Tamalpais Walking

John Felstiner, Can Poetry Save the Earth? A Field Guide to Nature Poems

Robert Conquest, Penultimata; The Movement Reconsidered

Terry Castle, The Movement Reconsidered

Peter N. Carroll, Riverborne; War IS Beautiful

The Complexities of History

4:20 - 4:50

Susan Groag Bell, Chair

Theodore K. Rabb, A Sixteenth Century Book of Trades

George Brown, Companion to Bede

Mark Edward Lewis, China's Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty; China Between Empire: The Northern and Southern Dynasties

Sean Hanretta, Islam and Social Change in French West Africa

Heroes and Heroines?

5: 00 - 5:30

Paul Robinson, Chair

Scotty McLennan, Jesus Was a Liberal: Reclaiming Christianity for All

Susan Wels, Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It

Terry Castle, The Professorm and Other Writings

Throughout the day authors will be available to sign their books. All books are available for sale at a 10% discount.

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