On Monday 14 July, we discussed the upcoming celebration of the legacy of Josiah Royce with Nevada County Librarian Steve Fjelsted. Royce, who was born on the location of the current Grass Valley library in 1855, became an internationally-known philosopher, teaching at Harvard along with C S Peirce, William James and George Santayana, and the author of the first book-length history of California by a native. The celebration will take place at 7 PM on Thursday 24 July at the Club House patio of the Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley and will be free to the public.

We then talked with California State Librarian Kevin Starr.

The books we mentioned included:

California: A Study in American Character by Josiah Royce
recently republished by Heyday Books

A Frontier Lady by Sarah Royce
published by the University of Nebraska Press

Josiah Royce: From Grass Valley to Harvard by Robert V Hine
published by the University of Oklahoma Press

Americans and the California Dream by Kevin Starr
published by Oxford University Press

In the second half of the program, we discussed:

Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes
published by Dial Press

You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers (second version)
published by Vintage Books

You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers (first version)
published by McSweeney's

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
published by Simon & Schuster

posted by Eric Tomb and others 9:40 AM

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