Oliver Roeder & David Hill

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VIRTUAL: Live via Zoom
Monday, January 31, 7:30 PM ET
Book Launch: Oliver Roeder presents Seven Games: A Human History
In conversation with David Hill

Games, ancient and modern, are having a moment, and in Seven Games, journalist and former FiveThirtyEight staff writer and Nieman fellow Oliver Roeder explores seven classic, globally beloved table games—checkers, backgammon, chess, Go, Poker, Scrabble, and bridge—and their origins, importance, the delightful arcana of their rules, and the precise pleasures of their design. In Roeder’s hands, games have real consequence—not only as art but as tools for technological advancement—and through fascinating personae, lore, and personal stories, Roeder tells a compelling story of obsession, psychology, history, and how play makes us human. Join us (virtually) for an evening of thinking across the board with Roeder, joined in conversation by author David Hill (The Vapors).

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ISBN: 9781324003779
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 25th, 2022

A group biography of seven enduring and beloved games, and the story of why—and how—we play them.

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