The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter book signing

<i>The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter</i> book signing

Photo by Andrew Damon


Tue., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. 2016

Location Info:

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet
Houston, TX  77005
In 1782 William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus and suddenly the size of our solar system, which had been thought to end with Saturn, doubled, says author John Pipkin, who incorporated that real-life story and more accounts from the late 18th century into his novel The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter. The historical fiction story set in Ireland centers on Caroline Ainsworth, the foundling daughter of astronomer Arthur Ainsworth. As she works alongside him in that day’s space race — the discovery of new planets — she sees his passion become obsession, as he discards even the most rudimentary protections to stare directly at the sun and heavens and ultimately destroys his eyesight. Following his death, she must decide whether to continue his work or forge a new path for herself. Pipkin, who got his graduate degree from Rice University, says he’s been interested in astronomy since he was a kid and set this book when he did because: “This is the moment when modern astronomy is born. Prior to this time, astronomers knew there were things they hadn’t figured out about the heavens. They hadn’t realized if they turned on powerful telescopes, they would find things that they didn’t know were there.”

7 p.m. Tuesday. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit Free.


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