ASU Book Group: 'Everyday Life in the Aztec World' co-authored by Michael Smith
The ASU Book Group's February 2022 reading selection is "Everyday Life in the Aztec World" co-authored by Michael E. Smith. The book group is open to all in the ASU community and meets monthly from noon–1 p.m. with two different options for attendance: either in-person at the Piper Writers House or virtually on Zoom. In-person attendees are invited to join the author for lunch after at the University Club, no-host.
Haven't read the book? Come anyway! Authors are always present.
Incredibly vivid and detailed, the book takes readers on a tour of one of Mesoamerica’s greatest civilizations through the daily lives of six people – the emperor, a priest, a featherworker, a merchant, a farmer and a slave – and four events – the birth of a child, a market day, a day in court and a battle.
The book is like a trip back through time with two expert guides. Interspersed throughout the chapters are fictional vignettes like the haggling at the market, a frantic novice priest who finds himself short of human sacrifices on the eve of an important ceremony, a slave who has been slacking off weaving and learns her owners are considering selling her to the priests, and an ambitious farmer who may have bitten off more than he can chew.
Michael E. Smith is Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU, where he also directs the ASU Teotihuacan Research Laboratory.
About the book group:
The ASU Book Group meetings and selections for 2021-2022 are:
Oct. 27: “Blackface,” by Ayanna Thompson
Apr. 27: “Appleseed” by Matt Bell
The ASU Book Group is sponsored as a community outreach initiative by the Department of English and organized in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
Download series flyer: asu-book-group-21-22-flyer.pdf