Waltzing Australia presented by Cynthia Clampitt
Wednesday, January 21, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.
As another frigid winter grips Chicagoland, join the Geneva Library Foundation on a journey to the Land Down Under where we’ll journey from modern metropolises to the Australian Outback. Escape the cold as we explore rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef. And sit back and enjoy yourself as this month’s speaker, Cynthia Clampitt, regales us with stories of excitement and adventure as she presents Waltzing Australia.
Cynthia Clampitt is a writer, geographer, food historian, and photographer with forty years of international travel experience. She is the author of the award-winning travel narrative, Waltzing Australia, which recounts her six-month, 20,000-mile journey around and across the Land Down Under – a trip that marked her departure from the corporate world in pursuit of a writing career. Clampitt’s work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and publications by every major educational publisher in the United States, including National Geographic Learning and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. More recently, she completed a history of corn and its impact on shaping the Heartland, titled Midwest Maize, for the University of Illinois Press (due out February 15, 2015). A member of the Society of Women Geographers, as well as of the Culinary Historians of Chicago, Clampitt has pursued her interests in history, culture, nature, and food in thirty-seven countries on six continents (so far). Still, Australia remains the anchor of her life as a writer and an adventurer.
In her presentation based upon her book of the same name, Clampitt will discuss the people, culture, history, landscape, and wildlife of Australia. Copies of her book will be available to purchase at the event with a portion of the proceeds going to the Geneva Library Foundation. For those interested in another perspective on the Land of Oz, the Library will be hosting a book discussion of Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country on February 11, 2015 at 7:30pm in the second floor conference room, which will include a compare and contrast of Clampitt’s and Bryson’s experiences. A limited number of copies of the book will be available to checkout at the January 21 event to valid library cardholders. For additional information on the book discussion, please contact Debbie Walsh, Head of Adult and Reader Services at (630) 313-1005.
The evening will include an introduction of the Geneva Library Foundation, the presentation, and a Q&A session. This is a free event.
The Geneva Library Foundation was established in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide support for current and future library materials, services and facilities. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. With a goal of raising $1 million by 2016 and $2 million by 2021, the GLF is committed to providing a substantial, permanent, and stable source of funds to support the Geneva Public Library.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Peter Evans – (630) 220-3689, email@example.com