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Where does genius come from? The answer might surprise you. Take a fascinating journey with acclaimed travel writer Eric Weiner and read The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, the selected title for this year's One Book, One Village community read.
Celebrating its third year, One Book, One Village invites Arlington Heights to read the same book at the same time and share in the experience by discussing and exploring the book at related programs.

The Geography of Genius explores why creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times. A witty and informed romp through history, the book travels the globe to places like Vienna of 1900, ancient Athens and modern-day Silicon Valley. Along the way, it reveals how certain settings sparked creativity and asks, “What was in the air and can we bottle it?”

Join us on the journey and read The Geography of Genius today.


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Eric Weiner is a New York Times bestselling author whose titles include the internationally-acclaimed The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World along with his newest book, The Geography of Genius which has been called “smart, funny and utterly delightful…Weiner’s best book yet.”

As a long-time foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Eric reported from more than 30 countries and is the recipient of several journalism awards including the Angel Award for coverage of Islamic affairs in Asia. A regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, Eric is also a columnist for BBC Travel. His work appears in the Los Angeles TimesThe Washington Post and the New Republic. He lives in Washington, D.C.

  • Awards and Praise

    An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2016
    Condé Nast Traveler Top 10 Books of 2015 (2016 Bonus)
    Fortune magazine’s 3 Books That Can Help You Be Better in 2016
    IndieNext Selection, January 2016

Join us for An Evening with Eric Weiner, Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. in Hendrickson Room. The interview-style program will be followed by a book sale and signing. For Arlington Heights cardholders only with one guest. Register beginning October 1.


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