A Celebration Of Great Science Writing!

On August 16 in Chicago, ‘Undiscovered’ host Annie Minoff joins authors David Quammen and Sy Montgomery for an evening of literary discovery.

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Annie Minoff. Credit: Brandon Echter

When: Thursday August 16th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: The American Writers Museum,
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Second Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Tickets: $25, available here.

Annie Minoff, co-host of Science Friday’s Undiscovered podcast, will join author David Quammen and Sy Montgomery to discuss great science writing at the American Writers Museum in Chicago.

They’ll reflect on science writers throughout history, what makes good science writing, and the role of such writing in today’s skeptical world. Topics will include everything from science fiction to contemporary journalism to major works of science literature. They’ll also discuss each other’s work and path to science writing.

Researching films, articles, and over 20 books, Sy Montgomery has hiked the Altai Mountains of Mongolia looking for snow leopards, tracked tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, and more. A National Book Award finalist, she has also been honored with a Sibert Medal, three honorary degrees, and many other awards.

David Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include The Song of the Dodo (1996), The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (2006), and Spillover (2014), a work on the science, history, and human impacts of emerging diseases (especially viral diseases), which was shortlisted for eight national and international awards and won three. His shorter books Ebola (2014) and The Chimp and the River (2015) were drawn from Spillover, each with a new introduction. His forthcoming book (August 2018) is The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life, which explores the drastic revisions in understanding of life’s history on Earth forced by recent discoveries from genome sequencing, and the story of a scientist named Carl Woese.

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