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Start: 12:00 pm
Pickford Film Center & Village Books present "Writers in the Limelight." Join us for the screening of lectures and presentations from some of the most celebrated voices in the humanities, arts, and sciences. Watch author Oliver Sacks discuss his book, The Mind's Eye, in this special movie showing at the Pickford Limelight Cinema. (Author is not attending this event). We will have a Village Books hosted discussion after the showing. With compassion and insight, Dr. Oliver Sacks again illuminates the mysteries of the brain by introducing us to some remarkable characters, including Pat, who remains a vivacious communicator despite the stroke that deprives her of speech, and Howard, a novelist who loses the ability to read. Sacks investigates those who can see perfectly well but are unable to recognize faces, even those of their own children. He describes totally blind people who navigate by touch and smell; and others who, ironically, become hyper-visual. Finally, he recounts his own battle with an eye tumor and the strange visual symptoms it caused. As he has done in classics like The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat and Awakenings, Dr. Sacks shows us that medicine is both an art and a science, and that our ability to imagine what it is to see with another person's mind is what makes us truly human. This on-screen author talk will be showing at the Pickford Film Center's Limelight Cinema. Tickets are $5 and are available at Village Books and through the Pickford Film Center. Village Books will provide books for sale at the event.   
Start: 6:30 pm
    Join Joel Butler in the Readings Gallery for a slideshow and discussion about his book, Divine Vintage. A $5 wine tasting will follow at the Book Fare Café on the mezzanine level of Village Books, featuring wines provided by Joel. From Shiraz to Chardonnay, wine has been an essential part of Western Civilization's religious and cultural experience for millennia. In Divine Vintage, wine expert Joel Butler teams up with biblical scholar Randall Heskett for a remarkable journey that explores how wine has significantly influenced the evolution of human society through the lenses of historical fact and the interpretation of Biblical texts about wine. Along the way, they discover the truth behind how wine infiltrated the biblical world and facts that any wine lover, history buff or spiritually inclined person will find intriguing. Joel Butler is the president of the Institute of Masters of Wine, North America and one of the first two resident Masters of Wine in the North America. A highly regarded wine judge for decades, he serves as a Senior Judge at the International Wine Challenge, and Decanter World Wine Awards in London. Butler has written on wine for  International Wine Cellar,  The Sunday Times, The Independent, The I-Wine Review and numerous other wine publications. He lives in Seattle.
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