Hi, everyone. Thanks again for supporting and participating in the North Shore Authors Showcase 2020. We will be announcing our full 2021 program series soon, which already has confirmations from many terrific authors on an again eclectic and engaging range of topics. All programs will again be live, virtual online via Zoom.
BUT HERE IS THE BEST NEWS: If you subscribe now for the 2021 series, you can participate in a bonus program confirmed for Saturday morning, December 12th, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., when French author Olivier Lebleu (joining us by Zoom from France) and the translator for his English edition, Cynthia Hahn (Professor of French at Lake Forest College) will talk about their book, In the Footsteps of Zarafa, First Giraffe in France, a Chronicle of Giraffamania 1826-1845. The authors are extremely gracious, the story is remarkable. A paragraph describing the book is at the bottom of this message. This wonderful book is a perfect holiday talk (and even something to consider as a holiday gift).
To join us on December 12, all you need to do is enter your subscription now for the 2021 Series (if you have already subscribed, you are all set and thank you). Same price as last year, $30 for all 8 programs plus the upcoming bonus program. The series also makes a perfect holiday gift for a family or friend, who can enjoy all 9 events right along with you throughout 2021! You can subscribe now here!
Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you at our next 2020 series event on Tuesday, November 10 when Robert Pippin will discuss his book, The Philosophical Hitchcock.
In the Footsteps of Zarafa, First Giraffe in France
This engaging account traces the remarkable history of France’s first giraffe, a diplomatic gift from Egyptian Pasha Muhammed-Ali to King Charles X in 1826. “Zarafa,” taken by boat from Egypt to Marseilles and walked all the way to Paris, was accompanied by her Arab handlers and a famous French naturalist. She drew vast crowds along her route, sparking a giraffomania that was widely documented in art and literature. Her initial journey and then long and celebrated residence in Paris encapsulates nineteenth-century French socio-political history and highlights the emerging evolutionary theories of the time. Over fifty illustrations from the period illuminate this rare encounter with a unique animal that is now endangered and deserving of our greater attention and understanding.