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Nosetalgia: The Smell of Books and Aromatic References in Literature


Wednesday October 19, 2016: 6:30pm to 8:45pm


Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

For Whom

Grade 6 - Adult.


You always have your nose in a book. As matter of fact, you don’t mind letting people know that sometimes you’re not only reading a book, you’re thinking about how wonderful that book smells! Get ready to uncover the science behind the smell of books (old and new, there’s a difference) and read passages that illustrate just how powerful the sense of smell can be in the hands of a gifted writer. Aromatic references in various texts will be accompanied by smelling specific scents mentioned in these passages. Warning: Attending this Smell and Tell may lead to increased time spent nosing around various branches of the Ann Arbor District Library. Fear not; librarians with scratch and sniff bookmarks are ready for you.

Michelle Krell Kydd is a trained “nose” in flavors and fragrance. She is also the editor of Glass Petal Smoke, an award-winning blog that explores the world of scent and taste. Kydd received a finalist award from University of Michigan President Mark S. Schlissel at the 2016 President's Staff Innovation Awards for contributions as an educator and community builder through unique presentations focused on olfaction.