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September 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Virtual Author Series: Eric Weiner and Thomas Swick


September 2, 2020
7:00 pm

Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…

An Evening with Eric Weiner

In conversation with Thomas Swick

The Socrates Express

(Avid, $28)

Wednesday, September 2, 7pm

LIVE via Crowdcast




The New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss embarks on a rollicking intellectual journey, following in the footsteps of history’s greatest thinkers and showing us how each—from Epicurus to Gandhi, Thoreau to Beauvoir—offers practical and spiritual lessons for today’s unsettled times.

We turn to philosophy for the same reasons we travel: to see the world from a dif­ferent perspective, to unearth hidden beauty, and to find new ways of being. We want to learn how to embrace wonder. Face regrets. Sustain hope.

Eric Weiner combines his twin passions for philosophy and global travel in a pil­grimage that uncovers surprising life lessons from great thinkers around the world, from Rousseau to Nietzsche, Confucius to Simone Weil. Traveling by train (the most thoughtful mode of transport), he journeys thousands of miles, making stops in Athens, Delhi, Wyoming, Coney Island, Frankfurt, and points in between to recon­nect with philosophy’s original purpose: teaching us how to lead wiser, more meaningful lives. From Socrates and ancient Athens to Simone de Beauvoir and twentieth-century Paris, Weiner’s chosen philosophers and places provide important signposts as we navigate today’s chaotic times.

In The Socrates Express, Weiner invites us to voyage alongside him on his life-changing pursuit of wisdom and discovery as he attempts to find answers to our most vital questions.





About the Author:

ERIC WEINER is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and speaker. His books include The Geography of Bliss and The Geography of Genius, as well as Man Seeks God and The Socrates Express. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Eric is a former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, and reporter for The New York Times. He is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, BBC Travel, and AFAR, among other publications.


About the Moderator:

THOMAS SWICK was the travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for 19 years. His work has appeared in six editions of The Best American Travel Writing and he is the author of three books, the latest being The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them. Recently he’s been drawing cartoons, which he talked about last month on WLRN.