Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

David Macaulay

Events: The Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young Readers

Book: The Way Things Work

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Beginning with his first book Cathedral and following with other books, including City, Castle, Pyramid, Mill, Underground, Unbuilding, and Mosque, David Macaulay has provided explanations of the how and the why in a way that is both accessible and entertaining. From the pyramids of Egypt to the skyscrapers of New York, the human race’s great architectural and and engineering accomplishments have been demystified through Macaulay’s elaborate show-and-tells.

Macaulay is perhaps best known for the award-winning The Way Things Work, which was expanded and updated in 1998 and renamed The New Way Things Work. Using a humorous woolly mammoth to illustrate the workings of machines, Macaulay offers even the least technically minded reader a window of understanding into the complexities of today’s technology. He uses this same humorous approach and uncanny ability to explain complicated systems in The Way We Work, which tackles the most intricate machine of all: the human body.