Friends of Columbia Libraries to Host Lecture and Book Signing by Science Journalist Charles C. Mann

NEW YORK, October 11, 2005 The Friends of the Columbia Libraries will sponsor a talk and book signing next month by science journalist Charles C. Mann, author of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, in the World Room on the third floor of the Columbia Journalism Building. The talk is free and open to the public.

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Mr. Mann will discuss his new book, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, and will respond to questions from the audience. The book synthesizes new archeological and anthropological evidence to suggest that Native American societies were far more sophisticated, technologically advanced, and populous than previously supposed. Mann’s study argues that at the end of the fifteenth century, America was more densely populated than Europe and that the “natural” landscape European explorers found had in fact been shaped by thousands of years of human agriculture and technology.

Charles C. Mann is a correspondent for Science and the Atlantic Monthly, and has cowritten four previous books including Noah’s Choice: The Future of Endangered Species and The Second Creation. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has won awards from the American Bar Association, the Margaret Sanger Foundation, the American Institute of Physics, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, among others. His writing was selected for The Best American Science Writing 2003 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2003.

The book signing and a reception will follow the program from 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Copies of 1491 will be available for sale. The World Room is located on the 3rd Floor of Columbia University’s Journalism Building, 2950 Broadway at 116th Street.

For more information regarding this event or to attend, please respond to or call 212-854-4768. To view other book-related events at Columbia, visit the Columbia University Bookstore’s Web Site.

The Friends of the Columbia Libraries aim to cultivate an informed interest in and support for the Columbia Libraries. The Friends foster the growth and improvement of the Libraries through financial and in-kind gifts and provide opportunities for creating, collecting, and preserving library materials. The Friends also promote the visibility of the Libraries through sponsorship of educational and social events.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

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