Phil Cousineau, author of “Beyond Forgiveness” and “The Art of Pilgrimage,” among other books, will discuss his newest book, “Wordcatcher,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis.
A reception with the author will follow immediately at The Wardrobe, 206 E St.
By exploring the delightful back stories of the 250 words in “Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words,” readers are lured by language and entangled in etymologies.
Cousineau takes readers on a tour into the obscure territory of word origins with great erudition and endearing curiosity. The English poet W.H. Auden was once asked to teach a poetry class, and when 200 students applied to study with him, he had room for only 20 of them. When asked how he chose his students, he said he picked the ones who actually loved words.
So too, with this book — it takes a special wordcatcher to create a treasure chest of remarkable words and their origins, and any word lover will relish the stories that Cousineau has discovered.
“Wordcatcher” was selected as a “Top Book of 2010” by independent booksellers and NPR.
Cousineau is a writer, teacher, editor, independent scholar, documentary filmmaker, travel leader and storyteller. His lifelong fascination with the art, literature and history of culture has taken him on many journeys around the world.
He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics — from mythology, film and writing, to beauty, travel, sports and creativity. He has more than 25 nonfiction books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name.
He lives with his wife and son in San Francisco.