One of architecture's most significant theorists Charles Jencks is to speak at the Mitchell Library next Saturday 1st December as part of Book Week Scotland. American-born Jencks is perhaps most well-known for his public landscape piece 'The Garden of Cosmic Speculation' near Dumfries as well as having helped to steer the design of Maggies Cancer Caring Centres. He has written extensively on the topic of postmodernism, speculating on what this movement has meant for the field of architecture in its shift from modernist design. Many of these titles are held on the GSA catalogue if you wish to do some swotting around the event. Given Jencks' affinity with Scotland via his Scottish ancestry and time spent living in the country, this is likely to be an informative, yet personal account of a highly influential designer's career.