Frank Bures, author of The Geography of Madness

Event date: 
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 2:00pm
Frank Bures, author of Geography of Madness

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome former Madisonian (and former Avol's employee!) Frank Bures for a reading from his new book, The Geography of Madness!

Jon Ronson meets David Grann: a fascinating, wildly entertaining adventure and travel story about how culture can make us believe very strange things.

The Geography of Madness is an investigation of “culture-bound” syndromes, which are far stranger than they sound. Why is it, for example, that some men believe, against all reason, that vandals stole their penises, even though they’re in good physical shape? In The Geography of Madness, acclaimed magazine writer Frank Bures travels around the world to trace culture-bound syndromes to their sources–and in the process, tells a remarkable story about the strange things all of us believe.

Frank Bures' stories have appeared in Harper’s, Esquire, Outside, Bicycling, Wired and have been included in a number of Best American Travel Writing anthologies. They’ve also been selected as “Notable” picks for Best American Sports Writing 2012 and the Best American Essays 2013. He speaks several languages, has lived in countries around the world, and currently lives in Minneapolis.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612193724
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Published: Melville House Publishing - April 26th, 2016