Friday, February 18, 2005

Fairmont State's annual Celebration of the Book begins Monday, Feb. 21, with a discussion led by Dr. Daniel Bradley, President of Fairmont State University.

This year's Celebration focuses on "The Botany of Desire" by Michael Pollan. In his book, Pollan argues that plants have evolved to satisfy human beings' desire for intoxication, control, sweetness and beauty. He studies marijuana, the potato, the apple and the tulip to demonstrate that plants and human beings have a reciprocal relationship that benefits both species.

Monday night's discussion will focus on Pollan's third chapter, "Desire: Intoxication." Participants will be invited to sample coffees and chocolates, two of the most common addictive substances in human culture.

The discussion will be in Room 303 of the Education Building and will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The public is invited.