Welcome to John's Books

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The Pharaoh's Treasure

A new book from Pegasus, The Pharaoh’s Treasure is a thought-provoking history of paper—from its origins in Egypt to its spread throughout the world—revealing how it helped usher in a new era of human history. (https://tinyurl.com/yd5ddzmf or https://tinyurl.com/y8ap2nm9)  "An engaging journey to the distant past." Kirkus Reviews, 2018


Join the author, John Gaudet, an experienced lecturer, writer and biologist as he shows how the ancient Egyptians made paper. Experience with him the evolution of books from papyrus paper to volumes of parchment, and then to handmade pulp paper invented by the Chinese and used by Gutenberg to print his famous Bibles.

Papyrus the Plant that Changed the World (Pegasus,NY)

From ancient Pharaohs to 21st century water wars, papyrus is a unique plant and one of the fastest growing plant species on earth. It grows in enormous swamps that float on water--and its stems inspired the fluted columns of the ancient Greeks. In ancient Egypt, the papyrus bounty from the Nile delta provided not just paper for record keeping--instrumental to the development of civilization--but also food, fuel and boats.

Today, it is not just a curious relic of our ancient past, but a rescuing force for modern ecological and societal blight.  Harvard University’s Belfer Center voted this book the Innovation Book of the Week . (https://tinyurl.com/y6vlevvt or   http://tinyurl.com/goodreed). 

The Iron Snake (Brandylane)

It is 1897, during the last few years of Victoria’s reign at the height of the Empire, a period marked by unrest in Africa.  The Kenya Colony is an exciting world of hate, passion, loyalty and violence.  Stories abound about the wild nature of the railroad line’s shaky wooden trestle bridges over enormous chasms, man-eating lions pulling railway workers out of carriages at night, and back home the British Parliament is upset that construction of what the Africans call the Iron Snake will never return the enormous investment. The tabloid term, “Lunatic Express,” seems to fit.  Buy it now at: https://tinyurl.com/y92bhwhb  Republished as an e-book for Barnes & Noble’s Nook http://tinyurl.com/3lgsbrb, The Iron Snake involves a host of fascinating, passionate characters who witness Africa’s first steps into the modern era, and in the process have their lives transformed. 

About John Gaudet

The Washington Post's Neely Tucker said "He looks and sounds like he could have walked right out of a Graham Greene novel..."

John Gaudet

An experienced writer, lecturer and scientist John, spent years wading in African swamps in the '80's when they were used as body dumps by a local dictator, Idi Amin. Funny thing, he'll tell you, the swamps were dominated by the Papyrus plant, the same plant used by ancient Egyptians to make paper, which convinced him to become an expert on the plant and ancient paper. That way he'd stand out at social functions as he did in the swamps along the Nile where local people nicknamed him “Bwana Papyrus."


A Fulbright Scholar to both India and Malaya, his research on tropical plants funded by a grant from The National Geographic Society took him to many lush, wild places. His early work has been discussed in Nature, and by Peter Moore on the BBC show Science Now, and later in an article by Alan Cowell in The New York Times. He also worked in the US Government's overseas aid program and later as a consultant in environmental assessment.   Check him out at The Washington Post (https://tinyurl.com/ychccsdp), Salon (http://tinyurl.com/SalonBoats), Huffington Post (http://tinyurl.com/WriteReed) and at his terrific webpage www.fieldofreeds.com.  

Recent Talks, Signings and Events

New Events: 

Origin of Paper, Books and the Bible, Biblical Archeol. Soc. N. Virginia, Jan 13, 2019, 2:00 pm.  

Jerusalem Restaurant

3405 Payne Street, Falls Church, VA 22041 (off Route 7 in Bailey's Crossroads).


Upcoming Events: 

The History of Ancient Paper and the Origin of the First books and Bible, McLean Historical Soc.. Feb 12, 2019, 7:30pm. McLean Community Center, Admin Offices (6631 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22101. (McLean Square Shopping Center next to Cafe Tatti). 


Past Events:

The Pharaoh's Treasure: The History of Papermaking  -  Special Event

Encore Learning . Nov 19, 2018 3-4:30 pm. 

Arlington Pub. Lib. Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy  St., Arlington, VA. 

October  Book Launch and Signing:- Bard's Alley, 110 Church St. Vienna VA  Oct. 21  Sun. 2pm 

September Book Signing , Amer. Research Center for Egypt, Alexandria, VA Sept 14, 2018 - 6 pm 

Watermen, Cowboys and Hippo Hunters of Ancient Egypt. Arlington Public Library, Arlington, VA. May 23, 2018 - 7-8:30 pm

Book Sign and Lecture "Water World of Ancient Egypt" at Amer. Research Center in Egypt in Alexandria, VA. May 19, 2018 - 5:30pm

The Water World of Ancient Egypt, Part 1 of the series.  George Mason University, Reston, VA. Apr 9, 2018 (Part 2 Apr 16)

The Water World of Ancient Egypt, Part 1 of the series. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Mar 27, 2018 (Part 2 Apr 3)

The Water World of Ancient Egypt, George Mason University, Loudoun, VA. A two part series of talks, Feb 7 and 14, 2018

Lunch, Book Talk on "Ancient Paper and the Origin of the Bible," McLean Episcopal Church, August, 2017

University of Calif., Berkeley, Calif. (West Coast Book Tour) April 2016

Sherman Oaks Galleria, Los Angeles, Calif. (West Coast Book Tour) April 2016

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, Calif. (West Coast Book Tour) April 2016

Amer. Research Center in Egypt, Washington, D.C. Jan 15, 2016

Lunch Book Talk, Vienna Presb. Church, June 10, 2015

The Writer's Center, Bethesda MD (book reading) May 17, 2015

Fulbright Association, National Capital, Wash. D.C. Spring, 2015

Green Spring Park Center, Farfax, VA January 2015

The Athenaeum, Alexandria (Northern Va. Fine Arts Assoc.) November 2014

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