River of Ink: [an Illustrated History of Literacy]

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6.1 X 9.4 X 1.3 inches | 2.2 pounds

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About the Author

Thomas Christensen's previous books include New World/New Words: Recent Writing from the Americas, A Bilingual Anthology, The U.S.-Mexican War, and The Discovery of America and Other Myths as well as translations of books by such authors as Laura Esquivel, Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortázar, Alejo Carpentier and Louis-Ferdinand Céline. He is director of publications at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and lives with his wife in Richmond, California.


"Christiensen's lively curiosity informs several quirky and engrossing essays." --Kirkus

"Christensen (1616: The World in Motion) a proud generalist and non-academic, addresses a slew of disparate subjects...and proves himself to be voracious reader who can clarify the present with knowledge of the past, accessibly summarize a subject, and share a fine story." --Publishers Weekly

"An eclectic and sporadically brilliant book in which an erudite writer takes his readers on a set of historical and cultural birdwalks. " --The Huffington Post

"An idiosyncratic world tour of diverse cultural histories, a tour de force of eclectic scholarship, a relief map of the journeys of a restless intellect, Thomas Christensen's River of Ink flows from ancient China to the current Americas with myriad revelations along the way. Christensen is a genial guide to little-known wonders with a wealth of information and a light touch. --Stephen Kessler, author of The Tolsoty of the Zulus