October 11, 2005
Director of Media Relations

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AMHERST, Mass.—Journalist Charles C. Mann will talk about his new book, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus, at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Co-sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center and Department of Sociology, Mann's talk is free and open to the public.

Mann's current bestseller, 1491, offers a radical rethinking of the history of the Americas prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. The San Jose Mercury News describes the book as “part detective story, part epic and part tragedy,” and Jan Dizard, Charles Hamilton Professor in American Culture at Amherst, calls it “an eye-opening book that requires us to rethink virtually every assumption we have had about the Western Hemisphere before the arrival of Europeans.” A 1976 graduate of Amherst, Mann is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science and Wired.