Kingston Virtual Author Talk: Christina Thompson

Kingston Public Library Kingston, MA

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

In Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia Christina Thompson examines the conundrum known as the Problem of Polynesian Origins, which asks how the earliest Polynesians, without writing or metal tools, conquered the largest ocean in the world and colonized these far flung islands. Sea People is a masterful mix of history, geography, anthropology, and the science of navigation.  Ms. Thompson will speak about her book at a virtual Author Talk presented by the Kingston Public Library on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m.
The ongoing author series is sponsored by the Kingston Public Library in partnership with the Kingston Council on Aging and Kingston Public Library Foundation.  The series is sponsored by WATD 95.9 FM Radio. The pop-up bookstore Booked will be on hand to order and send copies of the book to those who would like to buy it.

This is a free program is but registration is requested.  A Zoom link and password for the Virtual Author Talk will be available on the Library website (click on the Weblink) and will also be emailed to registrants the day of the program. For more information on how to join this program, visit the library’s online calendar (click on the Weblink) or call the Library at 781-585-0517 or the Kingston Council on Aging at 781-585-0512.

For more than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, a vast triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Both the most closely related and the most widely dispersed people in the world before the era of mass migration, Polynesians can trace their roots to a group of epic voyagers who ventured out into the unknown in one of the greatest adventures in human history.
Christina Thompson received her BA from Dartmouth College and her PhD from the University of Melbourne and held post-doctoral fellowships at the East-West Center in Honolulu and the University of Queensland. She is the author of Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All and the former editor of the Australian literary journal Meanjin. She has been the editor of Harvard Review since 2000 and is a recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Australia Council. She teaches writing at Harvard University Extension, where she was awarded the James E. Conway Excellence in Teaching Writing Award in 2008.