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An Evening with Author Mary Roach

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An Evening with Author Mary Roach

Experience an entertaining and hilarious evening with New York Times best-selling science author Mary Roach. Roach will discuss her frank approach to science, the importance of humor, and the weird, wonderful world in which we live.

Dubbed “America’s funniest science writer” by The Washington Post, Roach has explored topics from the curious lives of human cadavers in Stiff, packing to visit space in Packing for Mars, the alimentary canal in Gulp, human/nature interactions in Fuzz, and more. She has written for National Geographic, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, and the Journal of Clinical Anatomy, among others. Roach claims to have no hobbies, but enjoys bird-watching, hiking, playing Scrabble, and watching late-night Animal Planet.

Annalee Newitz will join Mary Roach in conversation. Newitz has a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley and is one half of the hilarious podcast Our Opinions are Correct. They are the author of several books including Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans will Survive a Mass Extinction.

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This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email