Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

Events and Exhibits

Lecture and Book Signing

The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire     

Joe Jackson, five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and the author of five non-fiction books and one novel, will discuss his most recent book.  The Thief at the End of the World  is the gripping tale of how a nineteenth century would-be explorer, Henry Wickham absconded, literally, with the seeds of Brazil’s most valuable natural product.  Jackson writes, “Henry’s theft was no different than that by scores of others before him – and yet, in a fundamental way, it was.… Thirty-four years after Henry’s theft, the British rubber grown in the Far East from Henry’s seeds would flood the world market, collapsing the Amazon economy.”

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. 
Room 151 - Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library
Old Dominion University

The event is free and open to the public.

A speaker with a wry sense of humor, Joe Jackson sits on the Board of the Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries.  He holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas and for twelve years was an investigative reporter for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia.  He is a resident of Virginia Beach, living with his wife, son, and a clumsy dog.

Free parking will be available in Parking Garage B after 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Jackson's book will be available for sale courtesy of the University Village Bookstore.

For additional information, please contact Fern McDougal at 757-683-4146 or by e-mail at