The Jim Lafayette Memorial Series of Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy, hosted by Otis Library, will welcome author James Morrow in the Community Room. This program honors the memory of local science fiction and fantasy fan and writer Jim Lafayette with appearances by authors of the genre. Norwich native Faye Ringel, Ph.D., retired Professor of Humanities at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will facilitate the program. Morrow’s presentation is tied to the themes of the upcoming Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Traveling Exhibit “Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human?” which will visit Otis Library January 7 – February 3, 2017.
James Morrow’s latest novel, Galápagos Regained, is set in the mid-nineteenth century, and tells of Victorian actress and adventuress Chloe Bathurst, who recapitulates Charles Darwin’s famous voyage to the Encantadas, her goal being to collect illustrative specimens and thereby win the (imaginary) Percy Bysshe Shelley Prize: £10,000 to the first contestant who can prove, or disprove, the existence of God. Historical figures Alfred Russel Wallace, Gregor Mendel, Darwin, and more appear in this alternative history of evolution.
Morrow is best known for blending satire, philosophy, and the fantastic in his Godhead Trilogy: Towing Jehovah, Blameless in Abaddon, and The Eternal Footman. His historical novels of magical realism include The Last Witchfinder and The Philosopher’s Apprentice.
This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Galápagos Regained will be available for sale and signing. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.