The Silent History: Book Reading and Publication Party

Silence.jpgThe Claremont Colleges Library, the Scripps College Humanities Institute, and the Scripps College English Department invite you to a book reading and publication party for the novel The Silent History. This groundbreaking novel was written and designed as an app for iPad and iPhone and is now out in paperback. Join us for a reading, book signing, and celebration of this remarkable work. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

The Silent History: Book Reading and Publication Party
Eli Horowitz, author, editor, publisher, and Kevin Moffett, author and
visiting assistant professor of literature, Claremont McKenna College
Thursday, September 25 | 4:15pm
Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library


Silent-History-Cover-and-Caption.jpgAbout the novel:
It begins with a statistical oddity: a spike in children born with acute speech delays. Physically normal in every way, these children never speak and do not respond to speech; they don't learn to read, don't learn to write. As the number of cases grows to an epidemic level, theories spread. Maybe it's related to a popular antidepressant; maybe it's environmental. Or maybe these children have special skills all their own.

The Silent History unfolds in a series of brief testimonials from parents, teachers, friends, doctors, cult leaders, and impostors (everyone except, of course, the children themselves), documenting the growth of the so-called silent community into an elusive, enigmatic force in itself -- alluring to some, threatening to others.


This fall, the Humanities Institute explores the theory and practice of silence: voluntary and coerced, solitary and communal, literal and metaphoric. What are the politics of silence? How has silence been mandated and inflicted across historical periods and in a range of cultures and geographic locations? How are silence and gender related? Can silence be palpable, visual, deafening, architectural, dynamic? Hush. Let's think about it. Learn more about Silence.

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