9 Greenwoods Rd. East, Norfolk, CT
4-5 pm. On Saturday, November 18, at 4:00 pm author Simon Winchester will speak at the Norfolk Library in advance of the film adaptation of his book The Professor and the Madman, starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. Originally entitled The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary, the book recounts the story of Professor James Murray, who began work on the Oxford English Dictionary in 1857, and Dr. William Chester Minor, who submitted more than 10,000 entries to the project while he was an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. After a long career in journalism, Winchester wrote The Surgeon of Crowthorne in 1998. Published in this country as The Professor and the Madman, the book sold millions of copies and remains in print today almost 20 years after publication. Winchester was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2006 for his services to journalism and literature. His recent titles include Atlantic, The Men Who United the States, and Pacific.