San Francisco, California
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Join us at Looking Glass Books on Thursday 10 October at 6.30pm to hear author and translator Allan Cameron discuss his highly-praised text on the history of language, In Praise of the Garrulous.
You’ll have the chance to ask the author questions, and get your copy of the book signed!
Cameron’s first work of non-fiction, In Praise of the Garrulous, has an accessible and conversational tone, despite its enormous ambition. Examining the history of language and how it has been affected by technology, primarily writing and priinting. Cameron addresses some important questions concerning the “ecology” of language, and how any degradation it suffers might affect “not only our competence in organising ourselves socially and politically, but also our inner selves.”
“A deeply reflective, extraordinarily wide-ranging meditation on the nature of language, infused in its every phrase by a passionate humanism” – Terry Eagleton
“Its combination of personal passion, observation, stories, poetic bits and serious expert argument, expressed as it is in the prose of an intelligent conversation: all this is ideal for holding and persuading intelligent but non-expert readers. In my opinion he has done nothing better.” – Eric Hobsbawm
“...one of the most extraordinary books I have ever come across. It is not just in praise of the garrulous, it is itself garrulous in the most energizing way.” – John Carey
Allan Cameron's is an author, translator, and the editorial director of independent Glasgow-based publisher, Vagabond Voices. His first novel The Golden Menagerie was published in 2004, and was followed in 2005 by The Berlusconi Bonus. Since then Vagabond Voices has republished The Berlusconi Bonus, in addition to several others: In Praise of the Garrulous, among the publisher’s series of polemical pieces or “Rants”, a selection of poetry entitled Presbyopia, and two collections of short stories, Can the Gods Cry? and On the Heroism of Mortals.