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Brick Market Book Club: Cræft, by Alexander Langlands

Event Details

Join us the first Monday of the month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Museum of Newport History and Shop for an informal gathering and discussion based each month’s selected book. 

First Meeting

When:  Monday, March 5th at 5 p.m.

Where:  Museum of Newport History & Shop at the Brick Market, 127 Thames

Book: Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langlands. Published on January 2, 2018 by W. W. Norton & Company.

In the midst of a seemingly endless supply of mass-manufactured products, we find ourselves nostalgic for products bearing the mark of authenticity-hand-made furniture, artisan breads, craft beers, and other goods produced by human hands. What often goes unnoticed is the transformation of our understanding of craft-or rather, craft-in the wake of industrialization.

In Cræft, archaeologist and medieval historian Alexander Langlands argues that our modern understanding of craft only skims the surface. 

When it first appeared in Old English, the word ‘craeft’ signified an indefinable sense of knowledge, wisdom, and resourcefulness. Rediscovering craft will connect us with our human past, our sense of place, and our remarkable capacity to survive in the harshest of landscapes. Craft helps us more fully appreciate human ingenuity and the passing on of traditions from generation to generation. (W.W. Norton & Company)

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25% Off selected Book of the Month  

Just mention the Brick Market Book Club to shop staff!


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