Simon Schama


Scribble, Scribble, Scribble:
Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother


April 20, 2011
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is very pleased to welcome historian and art historian SIMON SCHAMA as he discusses his newest collection of essays, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother.

"In these lively essays and reportage, Columbia historian Schama turns his omnivorous erudition and warm prose to a vast array of topics. There are incisive historical essays on everything from Europeans' evolving image of the 'Unloved American' to Churchill's oratory and, in a deliciously cruel book review, the 'pigmification of historical scale' in micromonographs. There are meditations on the art of Rembrandt and Richard Avedon; reportage from British and American election campaigns; disdainful commentary on the Bush administration, and a stew to ice cream smorgasbord of foodie articles, recipes included. Schama is essentially the reporter-pundit with a chair in history, illuminating the most contemporary of topics in the buttery glow of historical context.... He approaches every subject with gusto and amusement and, like your favorite professor, always has smart things to say." —Publishers Weekly

"This book is a clarion call for a return to a public discourse based on eloquence."
The Independent (UK)

Simon Schama
Simon Schama

Simon Schama

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York City. His award-winning books include Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands 1780–1813; Two Rothschilds and the Land of Israel; Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations); Rembrandt’s Eyes; the History of Britain trilogy and Hang-Ups: Essays on Painting (Mostly). His most recent history book, Rough Crossings, was published to critical acclaim in 2006. Schama has also been a host of many television programs on art and history for BBC2.

Photo Credit: Patrick Acum

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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