Woodsburner and The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Thoreau Farm

John Pipkin Author’s Talk, Friday, Nov. 17 6-7:30pm, Thoreau Farm Author John Pipkin will be reading and discussing his two critically-acclaimed historical novels, Woodsburner  and The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter.  

Woodsburner is a fictionalized account of an actual forest fire started by Henry David Thoreau in 1844, a year before he built his cabin at Walden Pond, and the novel interweaves the stories of three characters who are all leading lives of “quiet desperation” when they encounter Thoreau’s life-changing fire.

The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter is set in Ireland in the late-eighteenth century, and it chronicles the search for an imaginary new planet, orbiting close to the sun, in the years following William Herschel’s discovery of Uranus in 1781.  The novel chronicles this crucial period of scientific revolution while interweaving the personal lives torn asunder by the violent upheaval of the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

Email Margaretcb@thoreaufarm.org to make a reservation.
This event is sponsored by Thoreau Farm and the Thoreau Society.