Read my story "The Man with the Electrified Brain" all week long as part of Byliner's ThanksReading celebration:
My new Tedxeast talk on "How Technology United the States." Click to learn about the eccentrics that helped make America exceptional.
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories was published in hardback by HarperCollins, London, October 11th 2010, and by HarperCollins, New York, November 2nd 2011. Paperback editions came out in London in July 2011 and in the US on 5th November 2011.
Tour dates coming soon
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, PHILADELPHIA
Free Library of Philadelphia, Montgomery Auditorium
@ 7:30pm, 1901 Vine St.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, NEW YORK
Barnes & Noble, Upper East Side
@ 7:00, 150 E 86th St.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, WASHINGTON, DC
Politics & Prose
@ 7:00pm, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, NORFOLK, VA
J.M. Prince Books Ltd.
@ 6:00pm, Nauticus, 1 Waterside Dr.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, BOSTON
Borders Books & Music
@ 1:00pm, 10-24 School St.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, PORTSMOUTH, NH
Writers on the New England Stage
@ 7:30pm, 28 Chesnut St.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, NEW CANAAN, CT
Elm Street Books @ The New Canaan Library
@ 7:30pm, 151 Main St.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, CAMBRIDGE, MA
Porter Square Books
@ 7:00pm, 25 White St.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, SAN FRANCISCO
Bookshop West Portal
@ 7:00pm, 80 W. Portal Ave.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, LAFAYETTE, CA
Commonwealth Club @ The Acalanes Performing Arts Center
@ 3:00pm, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, SAN FRANCISCO
@ 12:30pm, 57 Post St.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, MENLO PARK, CA
@ 7:00pm, 1010 El Camino, Ste. 200
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, CORTE MADERA, CA
@ 1:00pm, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, SAN FRANCISCO
National Geographic Expedition @ The Herbst Theater
@ 6:00pm, 401 Van Ness Ave.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, SEATTLE
University Bookstore @ Town Hall
@ 7:30pm, 1119 8th Ave.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, LOS ANGELES
Live Talks Los Angeles @ Track 16 Gallery, Bergaamot Station
@ 8:00pm, 2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg. C-1
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, DENVER
Tattered Cover Bookstore
9315 Dorchester St.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, MIAMI
Miami Book Fair International
Miami Dade College
Simon Winchester in conversation with CBC Radio’s Bob McDonald (Free)
@7pm, Toronto Reference Library
For more information call: 416-395-5577
Simon Winchester in conversation with author Charlotte Gray
@7pm, Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street
Tickets: $15 / $10 for students and seniors
(Free for Festival Members and Carleton Students)
For more information call: 613-562-1243
@7pm, Keshen Goodman Public Library (Free)
For more information call: 490-5738
Simon Winchester in conversation with CBC journalist Lisa Hrabluk (Ticketed)
Books at the Bistro
@ 5pm—7pm, 60 Prince William Street
For more information call: 642.2822
Simon Winchester in conversation with CBC Radio's Angela Antle (Free)
Johnson Geo Centre
@ 7pm, 175 Signal Hill Road
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, MILLBROOK, NY
Merritt Books @ The Cary Institute
@ 7:00pm, 2801 Sharon Turnpike Rd. (Route 44)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, SHEFFIELD, MA
@ 6:00pm, 48 S. Main St.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, HILLSDALE, NY
Hillsdale Public Library
@ 2:00pm, 9091 Route 22
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, NEW YORK
@ 6:30pm, 53 E. 79th St.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Speech at the Royal Geographical Society
Where: Kensington Gore, London
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Book–signing in Bristol Waterstones
Where: Unit 33 Lower Mall, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol
Bristol Festival of Ideas
Where: Watershed Media Centre, Bristol
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Where: Prospect Place, West Hoe, Plymouth
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Book-signing in Waterstones and Blackwell in Oxford
Talk at St. Catherine’s College
Friday, October 8, 2010
Seminar, National Oceanographic Centre in Southampton
Public Event, Waterstones
Where: National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton
Monday, October 11, 2010
Cheltenham Literary Festival
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Book-signing at Topping and Co. in Bath
The International Board of Governors of the Circumnavigators Club is pleased to announce that distinguished author Simon Winchester will receive the 2010 Order of Magellan.
The Order of Magellan is bestowed on individuals who are dedicated to advancing peace and understanding in all parts of the world. Mr. Winchester joins outstanding individuals such as General Douglas MacArthur, Astronaut Neil Armstrong, author Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and broadcaster Walter Cronkite in receiving the honor.
Mr. Winchester has written many notable books and articles about global events and has made a great contribution to world understanding. His new book The Atlantic, a biography of the Atlantic Ocean will be released on November 2.
The Circumnavigators Club, founded in 1902, is the only organization devoted to bringing together men and women who have circumnavigated the globe. The Club is dedicated to bringing the world together through fellowship and understanding.
Mr. Winchester will receive the Order of Magellan at the Union League Club in New York on December 10.
1st Edition Hard Covers Signed by Simon Winchester
|The Meaning of Everything - Signed Copy|
|A Crack in the Edge of the World - Signed Copy|
|Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded - Signed Copy|
|The Man Who Loved China - Signed Hard Cover|
The Atlantic book tour kicks off in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch during the first fortnight in September. British publication is 11th October and the American pub date is 2nd November. Canada following shortly thereafter. More precise dates when my various publishers let me know.
In German only, I am afraid; but I am sure most will get the gist. 1064
I will be giving talks in the cities of Chongqing, Kunming and Chengdu on 29th - 31st March, to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the re-establishment of the British Council in Western China. Specific details of the times and places to follow. Do please come if you can - an excellent time to see Yunnan and Sichuan.
The Man Who Loved China
February 11, 2010. Spencer Trask Lecture: 8pm, McCosh 50
Seldom can it be said that any one person ever managed to change the outside world’s perception of an entire nation, an entire people. But, beginning in 1954, Joseph Needham (1900–1995), a Cambridge biochemist, a figure dauntingly eccentric and brilliantly polymathic in equal measure, did just that. In this talk Simon Winchester, who spent two years tracing Needham's footsteps across wartime China, when the idea was born, will tell his remarkable story.
A graduate of Oxford University, Simon Winchester began his career as a journalist in 1967 and has covered numerous stories for The Guardian and The Sunday Times, including the Ulster crisis, the creation of Bangladesh, the fall of President Ferdinand Marcos, the Watergate affair, the Jonestown massacre, the assassination of Anwar Sadat, and the Falklands War. He has worked as a free-lance writer for more than 20 years, contributing to Harper’s, Smithsonian, National Geographic, The Spectator, Granta, the New York Times, and The Atlantic, and publishing several best-selling books. He has written The River at the Center of the World, about China’s Yangtze River; the bestselling The Professor and the Madman; The Fracture Zone: My Return to the Balkans, which tells the story of his journey from Austria to Turkey during the 1999 war in Kosovo; and The Map That Changed the World, about 19th-century geologist William Smith. In addition he is the author of the best-selling Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 and A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906. His latest book - and from which this talk is drawn - is The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom (May 2008).
On Tuesday evening in Manhattan - exactly one week after we first heard intimations of the dreadful news from Port au Prince - there will be a benefit for the victims at Idlewild Books, on 19th Street in Chelsea. I do hope those of you who can come, will come: we need to do everything and anything to help.