Book Reading: "Cradle of Gold" by 2nd-year grad student Christopher Heaney
Sat, April 17, 2010 • 3:00 PM • BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Boulevard
Christopher Heaney to give reading from 1st book
Christopher Heaney, a second year grad student at The University of Texas' Department of History graduate program, will be reading from his first book, Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu, (Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, April 2010) at BookPeople on N. Lamar at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 17.
The book details Yale University historian and explorer Hiram Bingham's efforts to find the last cities of the Incas. It also explains, however, Bingham's fights with the Peruvian government over the excavation, exportation and ownership of Machu Picchu's artifacts and human remains – the "trophies" at the heart of Peru's modern lawsuit against Yale University.
Heaney wrote Cradle of Gold during his first two years at the university, from research conducted at Yale University and in Peru on a Fulbright from 2003 to 2006. He is also a Harrington Fellow at the university.
Alvaro Vargas Llosa's book review in The Wall Street Journal