Upcoming Events

9/24: Samantha Power @ Wisconsin Book Festival

Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power is widely known as the moral voice of her generation. In her memoir, Power offers an urgent response to the question "What can one person do?"—and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. Steve will host this conversation with Powers at the Wisconsin Book Festival on September 24. 

10/10: Unpacking Wonder: From Curiosity to Comprehension @ NYAS

How exactly does science define and explain the experience of awe and wonder? Steve will ask a panel of experts — social psychologist Michelle "Lani" Shiota, writer Caspar Henderson, and astrophysicist Alex Filippenko — on October 10 at the New York Academy of Science.

From the event description:

From the macrocosm of the universe to the microcosm of the human body, our discoveries about ourselves and the natural world continue to spark our experience of awe and wonder. But how exactly does science define and explain the experience of awe and wonder? What has the historical and cultural impact of this emotion been in the development of science and reason? What can be learned from those who have explored the shifting frontier between nature and the supernatural? And does the experience of awe and wonder suggest that the quest for scientific truth and the metaphysical yearning for a deeper understanding of reality share a common root?

Social psychologist Michelle "Lani" Shiota, writer Caspar Henderson, and astrophysicist Alex Filippenko unpack the emerging science behind the emotion of awe and wonder, and its function in our ongoing quest for understanding and knowledge.   

This event is part of the series, The Power of Wonder: Modern Marvels in the Age of Science.


10/15: 'Bookmarks' With Anne Strainchamps @ Crooked Tree Arts Center

On October 15, Anne will present a live "Bookmarks" event hosted by Interlochen Public Radio and the Traverse City National Writers Series. More information can by found on the Facebook event page.

From the event description:

Anne Strainchamps, host of the public radio show "To The Best Of Our Knowledge," has been asking interview subjects about their reading habits for years. She and the TTBOOK team have gathered the best of those conversations in "Bookmarks," a series of short stories of the books that have had a profound impact on writers and thinkers that you love.

These aren't just book recommendations — TTBOOK asks for stories of intimate relationships and life-changing encounters with books. Stories about the books we can’t forget.

At this event, Anne will share stories of books that shaped the hearts and minds of writers like Margaret Atwood, Tommy Orange, Jacqueline Woodson, and Billy Collins.


10/16: An Evening With Susan Orlean @ Traverse City Opera House

On October 16, Anne will host this conversation with Susan Orlean — author of "The Library Book" — as part of the National Writers Series in Travers City, Michigan. 

From the event description:

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As moments passed, the patrons and staff cleared out of the building, realizing that this was not the usual fire alarm. As one firefighter recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’”

Weaving her lifelong love of books into an investigation of the fire, award-winning  New Yorker  reporter and  New York Times  bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that tells the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.