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New Meetup: "The Lost City of Z", lecture @ Museum of Science

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Friday, January 2, 2009 12:13 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: "The Lost City of Z", lecture @ Museum of Science

When: February 25,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: From the Museum of Science site:

"In The Lost City of Z, author and adventurer David Grann steps into the hazardous Amazon jungle to retrace the footsteps of the great Colonel Percy Fawcett, who ventured there in 1925 in search of the fabled ancient kingdom of El Dorado, which he dubbed "Z." Hoping to answer decades-long questions about Fawcett's fate, as well as the existence of this "Lost City," Grann's search for the truth leads to some remarkable discoveries. Book signing to follow.

"Tickets: Seating is limited. Seating passes for free programs are available to the general public in the Museum lobby beginning at 5:45 p.m. on the evening of the program. First come, first served".

Trivia, according to Wikipedia:

"Paramount has set We Own the Night helmer James Gray to direct The Lost City of Z, reports Variety. Gray will adapt the David Grann book for Brad Pitt to star in as British soldier and spy Percy Fawcett".

Amazon.Com: The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

"This title will be released on February 24, 2009.

"Publisher's Weekly review: In 1925, renowned British explorer Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett embarked on a much publicized search to find the city of Z, site of an ancient Amazonian civilization that may or may not have existed. Fawcett, along with his grown son Jack, never returned, but that didn't stop countless others, including actors, college professors and well-funded explorers from venturing into the jungle to find Fawcett or the city. Among the wannabe explorers is Grann, a staff writer for the New Yorker, who has bad eyes and a worse sense of direction. He became interested in Fawcett while researching another story, eventually venturing into the Amazon to satisfy his all-consuming curiosity about the explorer and his fatal mission. Largely about Fawcett, the book examines the stranglehold of passion as Grann's vigorous research mirrors Fawcett's obsession with uncovering the mysteries of the jungle. By interweaving the great story of Fawcett with his own investigative escapades in South America and Britain, Grann provides an in-depth, captivating character study that has the relentless energy of a classic adventure tale".

About "When Science Meets Art":

"When Science Meets Art examines the ingenuity of those who are shattering the boundaries between science, technology, engineering, and art. This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute. Additional funding for adult programs is provided by the Barbara and Malcolm L. Sherman Fund for Adult Programs and by the David and Marion Ellis Endowment Fund".

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