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'Geography Of Genius' Author Travels To Stamford's Ferguson Library

Eric Weiner
Eric Weiner Photo Credit: Contributed/Justin Tsucalas

STAMFORD, Conn. -- An evening with Eric Weiner, author of "The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley," will be at the Ferguson Library in Stamford on Thursday, March 10.

In Weiner's book, he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley and throughout history, to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times. In the book, Weiner explores the history of places such as Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity.

And, with his trademark insightful humor, Weiner walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see whether the spirit of what inspired figures such as Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

"The Geography of Genius" is on the New York Times Culture Bestseller List and on the New York Times Travel Bestseller List.

“Weiner is a superb travel guide: funny, knowledgeable, self-deprecating and always up for sharing a bottle of wine…[His] idiosyncratic approach made me feel afterward as if I’d been on an odd but very satisfying vacation,” the Washington Post said.

Weiner is a philosophical traveler and recovering malcontent. His books include the New York Times bestseller "The Geography of Bliss" and "Man Seeks God." He is a former foreign correspondent for NPR, and his work has appeared in Slate, Quartz, Foreign Policy, the BBC, AFAR, "The Best American Travel Writing," and elsewhere. He lives in the Washington, DC, area.

The event at the Ferguson Library will take place at 7 p.m. and there will be refreshments, book sale and signing.

For more information, call 203-351-8231.

The Ferguson Library is located at One Public Library Plaza.

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