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Nobel Literary Events

For Immediate Release:
August 01, 2005

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Nobel Literary Events

August 10, 2005
In Conjunction with the Exhibition
The Nobel Prize: 100 Years of Creativity

In conjunction with a major new exhibition, The Nobel Prize: 100 Years of Creativity, on view at the Exploratorium from July 14-October 2, 2005, the Exploratorium is pleased to announce the following literary-related events during August:

August 10
Exploratorium Literature Book Club, 7pm
In this second of a two-part Exploratorium literary series, visitors will have a chance to read works by contemporary Nobel Prize-winning author South African writer J. M. Coetzee, winner of the 2003 Nobel Literature Prize. The book under discussion is The Life and Times of Michael K . Of his literary talent, the Nobel Committee remarked that Coetzee, “in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider." In a group discussion led by Molly McCall, Kepler’s Books’ fiction moderator, visitors will have an opportunity to share their ideas and opinions with others. Free with museum admission.

Saturday, August 20
San Francisco Public Library, 1-3pm
The Nobel Prize: 100+ Years of Extraordinary Literature
Moderated by David Kipen, Book Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, confirmed panelists to date include Jane Hirshfield, who will be reading and discussing the works of Czeslaw Milosz; and Tamim Ansary, who will be reading and discussing the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. There will be four panelists in total. Friends of the San Francisco Public Library host a reception following the program. Program begins at 1pm, with a welcome by new City Librarian Luis Herrera, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St, San Francisco. The panel will be held in the Main Library's Koret Auditorium, followed by a reception.

Jane Hirshfield is the author of five books of poems, most recently Given Sugar, Given Salt, a finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award. She will be reading from Czeslaw Milsoz. Tamim Ansary is the author of the literary memoir West of Kabul, East of New York, and nonfiction books for children. He has been a commentator on The Bill Moyers Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Tamim will be reading from Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Alev Croutier is the author of the non-fiction best-seller Harem: The World Behind the Veil, and the novels The Palace of Tears and Seven Houses. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for the screenplay Tell Me A Riddle, based on Tille Olsen’s novella. Alev will read from Najib Mahfuz. Jim Quay is the executive director of the California Council for the Humanities. He will read from John Steinbeck.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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