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Ken Jennings: Maphead

Before there was Watson—the IBM artificial-intelligence supercomputer designed to answer questions posed in natural English with lightening-quick speed—there was Ken Jennings, the Brigham Young University graduate responsible for the longest winning streak in game show Jeopardy’s history.

After Jennings gained notoriety with his legendary run, he penned the book Brainiac about the weird world of trivia. Now, he follows that with his tome Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks. The work takes an in-depth look into the people who can’t but help stare at a map and mentally explore the world presented therein. We’re talking a subculture in which geocaching and interstate road geeking become the norm to satisfy an insatiable appetite for understanding geography. Jennings also delves into the mysteries contained within the Library of Congress map room, where history comes alive through a wealth of historical maps—including George Washington’s hand-drawn cartography of Virginia. (Jacob Stringer)

Ken Jennings: Maphead @ The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, 801-484-9100, April 17, 7 p.m., free.

Date: Apr 17, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Phone: 801-484-9100
Address: 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, 84105
Where: King's English