LEWISTON – The Lewiston Public Library will present a free book discussion series this fall featuring the recently published “Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body.”

The book will be explored in a five-week series from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 4 to Oct. 2.

Participants are invited to register for the discussion series by calling LPL Cultural Coordinator Cindy Larock at 513-3050 and providing their name, telephone and e-mail address. The first 15 registrants will receive free copies of the book. The library also has copies available for cardholders to borrow.

Neil Shubin, author of “Your Inner Fish,” made the front page of the New York Times in 2006 when he discovered a 375-year-old fish fossil whose fins contained limb bones similar to those in use today by all walking animals, including humans. His book traces the history and evolution of various human body parts in an accessible and entertaining manner.

Shubin’s book was lauded by the San Diego Union-Tribune as “a remarkably enthusiastic and easy-to-read explanation of evolution. Shubin presents his arguments creatively and concisely, tackling sometimes profound questions about origins and evolution directly, even humorously.”

The book discussion series is part of a yearlong program titled “Darwin at 200,” organized by Bates College’s department of biology, and will be led by visiting professor of biology Ron Barry, Ph.D.

The discussion group will meet in the library’s third-floor conference room. The library is at 200 Lisbon St. in the downtown.


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