Saturday, October 14
12:45pm in the Biography Room
In October we will be discussing our August fiction book as well as our October selection. The fiction book is The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis. The Silver Pigs introduces readers to Marcus Didius Falco, a private informer with a knack for trouble, a tendency for bad luck, and a frequently incovenient drive for justice. When Marcus encounters the young and very pretty Sosia Camillina in the Forum, he senses immediately that there is something amiss. When she confesses that she is fleeing for her life, Falco offers to help her and, in doing so, he gets himself mixed up in a deadly plot involving stolen ingots, dangerous and dark political machinations, and, most hazardous of all, a senator’s daughter connected to the very traitors that Falco has sworn to expose.
Our selection for October is Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World by Thomas Madden. For more than two millennia Istanbul has stood at the crossroads of the world, perched at the very tip of Europe, gazing across the shores of Asia. The history of this city–known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, now Istanbul–is at once glorious, outsized, and astounding. Founded by the Greeks, its location blessed it as a center for trade but also made it a target of every empire in history, from Alexander the Great and his Macedonian Empire to the Romans and later the Ottomans.