Steve Shelburne, Department of English, 318-869-5254, or
Lynn Stewart, Centenary
News Service, 318-869-5120
Writer Dava Sobel
to Speak Oct. 19 at
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Award-winning
science writer Dava Sobel will speak at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at
Centenary College. The lecture is free and open to the public, with
limited seating available in Centenary's Hurley Auditorium.
Ms. Sobel's latest
book is Galileo's Daughter, which this fall has been used
in conjunction with Centenary's First Year Experience program. In researching
Galileo's Daughter, which is about the scientist and his love for
his daughter, Ms. Sobel traveled to Italy four times and translated original
A former New York
Times reporter, Ms. Sobel has written articles about astronomy for
Audubon, Discover, Life and The New Yorker. She has
been also been
a contributing editor
to Harvard Magazine, where she has written about scientific research
and the history of science.
Her book Longitude
(Walker and Company, fall 1995; Penguin paperback fall 1996) spent
a total of 41 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, and
has been translated into 22 foreign languages, including Korean, Hebrew,
Turkish and Icelandic. The book has won several awards, including
"Book of the Year" in England, "Le Prix Faubert du Coton" in France, and
"II Premio del Mare Circeo" in Italy.
Also in recognition
of Longitude, Ms. Sobel was recently made a fellow of the American
Geographic Society. In fall 1998, the PBS program NOVA aired "Lost
At Sea: The Search for Longitude," a television documentary adaptation
of Longitude. It was the lead program in NOVA's 25th-anniversary
Ms. Sobel has lectured
at The Smithsonian Institution, The Explorers Club, the NASA Goddard Space
Flight Center, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Los Angeles Public Library,
the New York Public Library, the Royal Geographic Society (London) and
BookExpo America 1998.
She has appeared on
numerous radio and television programs, including NPR's "All Things Considered,"
"Fresh Air," and "The Connection" with Christopher Lydon, as well as C-SPAN,
"The Today Show" and "ABC World News Tonight."
She lives in East Hampton,
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