‘All the Time’ author at Left Bank

Apr 04, 2014
Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

Belfast — Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., invites the community to meet Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, author of “All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours,” Sunday, April 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Jenkins is the guest speaker at the shop’s final Lyceum event of the season.

Rainbows, microscopes, the Roman Coliseum, bebop, flaming desserts and kabuki — these diverse cultural curiosities, plus dozens more, are the subjects explored in Jenkins’ newly released book of miniature essays. Like her first book, “Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights,” “All the Time” reflects the author’s wide-ranging professional and personal travels and experiences.

Jenkins began her career in New York, writing for Women’s Wear Daily and W, later becoming the magazine’s European editor in Paris. Assignments took her all over Europe and beyond including Madrid, Copenhagen, Athens, Venice and Ibiza. She has visited ateliers, villas, palazzos, chateaux and haciendas; had dinner in the Tower of London; and a “rude” massage in Tunis. In Jaipur, she played in a surreal elephant polo match for charity. Is it any wonder, then, that her book comprises a diverse compilation of intriguing facts, historical oddities and ephemera? Inspired by medieval books of hours, which prescribed readings and contemplations for different parts of the day, “All the Time in the World” is a chronological assemblage of more than 75 tidbits from history.

Jenkins’ talk is free and open to the public. To reserve books or a seat in advance (space is limited), call 338-9009 or email leftbank@myfairpoint.net. Both books will be available for purchase. Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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