READING Frank Bures: The Geography of Madness
May 14, 5 p.m.
The Scriven Arts Colony’s 2016 season opens with an author reading by Minneapolis journalist Frank Bures. In his debut book, The Geography of Madness, Bures, who has contributed to Harper’s, Esquire, and Wired, travels the world to investigate “culture-bound” syndromes. Why is it that in Nigeria many men believe, with no empirical basis, that vandals stole their penises? Why do people in Rajasthan, India, believe they have a lizard under their skin crawling toward their windpipes? With his trademark blend of wry storytelling and wise, sympathetic contemplation, Bures brings us into arcane worlds we never knew existed. Amazon recently listed The Geography of Nowhere as one of the “Best Books of The Month, and Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert has written, “Frank Bures has some of the widest (and wildest) curiosities of any writer out there. I would follow him anywhere.”