Burning The Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack
In conversation with Toby Mundy
Friday 11th June 2021, 7-8pm
Robert Graves Tent
Join Richard Ovenden, director of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, on an unforgettable 3,000-year journey through the history of the deliberate destruction of knowledge held in libraries and archives. From ancient Alexandria to contemporary Sarajevo by way of Tudor book-hunters and Nazi bonfires, Richard will discuss the social importance of preserving knowledge, as well as the role of the librarians and archivists who have risked and even lost their own lives to preserve information in their care.
‘A stark and important warning about the value of knowledge and the dangers that come from its destruction.‘ Peter Frankopan
Richard Ovenden will be in conversation with Toby Mundy, literary agent and MD of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.
Ticket price includes a copy of Burning the Books (RRP: £20)