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Mary Roach In Conversation with Mythbusters’ Adam Savage

San Francisco Public Library Announces 2011 One City One Book Event Schedule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

August 10, 2011

Author Mary Roach In Conversation with Mythbusters’ Adam Savage

San Francisco Public Library Announces 2011 One City One Book Event Schedule

The San Francisco Public Library invites San Franciscans to participate in programming celebrating and highlighting local author Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, the 7th annual One City One Book: San Francisco Reads. 

The main event will be on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the San Francisco Main Library, featuring the very smart and funny Mary Roach in conversation with Adam Savage, well-known as co-host of Mythbusters.

Roach is the author of the bestselling books Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. She lives in Oakland, Calif. Adam Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, actor, educator, and co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters.

Seating is limited. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. Packing for Mars will be available for purchase from Readers Bookstore and Mary will be signing after the program. 

One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is supported by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Bay Area Science Festival.

For more information, visit the Library website at www.sfpl.org/onecityonebook. All programs at the Library are free.

Complete Program Schedule:

Author Programs

Mary Roach in conversation with Adam Savage
Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., 557-4277

What happens when one of the funniest and smartest authors around gets interviewed by a MythBuster? Find out tonight when we learn which space legends might be as combustible as many urban ones are when Adam Savage and Mary Roach chat it up about Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, San Francisco’s One City One Book selection for 2011. Before the conversation, enjoy an eye-popping video tour of 1950s and 60s rocket dreams curated by author, archivist and space enthusiast Megan Prelinger.

Packing for Mars will be available for purchase from Readers Bookstore and Mary will be signing after the program.

Note: Seating is limited. Doors will open at 5:45pm.

Books Inc., Opera Plaza - Author Reading
Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., 601 Van Ness Ave., 776-1111

The Booksmith – Author Reading
Co-sponsored by Litquake

Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m., 1644 Haight St., 863-8688

Book Passage Ferry Building – Author Reading
Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., 1 Ferry Building #42, 835-1020

One City One Book Discussions

Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 pm
Glen Park Branch – 2825 Diamond St., 355-2858

Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.
Potrero Branch – 1616 20th St., 355-2822

Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
Sunset Branch – 1305 18th Ave., 355-2808

Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Mission Bay Branch – 960 Fourth St., 355-2838

Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Excelsior Branch – 4400 Mission St., 355-2868

Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.
Presidio Branch – 3150 Sacramento St., 355-2880

Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Western Addition Branch – 1550 Scott St., 355-5727

Thursday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.
West Portal Branch – 190 Lenox Way, 355-2886

Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Merced Branch – 155 Winston Dr., 355-2825

Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7pm
Parkside Branch– 1200 Taraval St., 355-5770

Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3:30 p.m.
Noe Valley Branch – 451 Jersey St., 355-5707


Related Events

Life: A Cosmic Story
Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m., San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.
Ryan Wyatt, Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization
Jeroen Lapre, Senior Technical Director, Morrison Planetarium - Visualization Studio

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Life: A Cosmic Story, the California Academy of Sciences’ all-digital planetarium show on the history of life. Narrated by Jodie Foster, the show plays daily in the Morrison Planetarium through May 2012. The show’s core concept is that all life on Earth evolved from a common ancestor and that life’s origins begin with dark matter and the first stars—a pedigree 13.7 billion years in the making. The Academy drew on the expertise of outside advisers and its own scientists to ensure that even the tiniest details were scientifically accurate. To produce the show’s complex imagery, the Academy’s Visualization Studio, which includes veterans from Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, and Lucasfilm Animation, collaborated with Stanford University and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Reservations: Seating is limited. To reserve a place today, visit http://bit.ly/mQKpwa or call 800-794-7576.

Out of this World: Explore Outer Space in Classical Music with Salon97
Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., Park Branch Library  - 1833 Page St., 355-5656
We'll listen to and share thoughts on musical segments chosen as an accompaniment to Packing for Mars, this year's One City One Book selection. No knowledge of classical music is necessary and everyone is welcome! We'll also save time for mixing and mingling. Who knows who you'll meet when you're here? Friendships, business partnerships, and artistic collaborations have been forged over the past three years of Salon97 listening parties. Join us for a fun evening of classical music, friends and refreshments!

Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race
Monday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Richmond Branch Library – 351 9th Ave., 355-5600
Local author Megan Prelinger will present a vivid slideshow of newly revealed space art from her recent book. She will explain how rockets and spaceships were imagined before they were real, and how some fantasies of 50 years ago have taken to the sky while others live only in science fiction. Her book is based on the hundreds of lushly illustrated recruitment advertisements that appeared in the rocketry and aeronautics magazines in the 1950s and 60s.

Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe
Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6:15 p.m., San Francisco Main Library - Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.
Join us for this fascinating talk from Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy at UC Berkeley, currently the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences and one of the world's most highly cited astronomers. Observations of very distant exploding stars (supernovae) show that the expansion of the Universe is now speeding up, rather than slowing down due to gravity as expected. Other, completely independent data strongly support this amazing conclusion. Dr. Filippenko’s talk explores how over the largest distances, our Universe seems to be dominated by a repulsive "dark energy" which stretches the very fabric of space itself faster and faster with time.

 

Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science
Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m., San Francisco Main Library Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room, 100 Larkin St.
Author talk from Michael Nielsen , one of the pioneers of quantum computing. Nielsen argues that we are living at the dawn of the most dramatic change in science in more than 300 years. This change is being driven by powerful new cognitive tools, enabled by the internet, which are greatly accelerating scientific discovery. Learn, for example, how 250,000 amateur astronomers are working together in a project called Galaxy Zoo to understand the large-scale structure of the Universe, and how they are making astonishing discoveries, including an entirely new kind of galaxy.

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SpaceCraft: Mini Plushie Workshop
Excited to make your own cuddly plushie but don’t want another teddy bear?  This is the workshop for you!  In this fun hand-sewing workshop GoGo Craft will teach you how to make your very own space-themed mini felt astronaut, retro rocket ship, planet, or alien that is perfect for gift-giving (if you can bear to part with it, that is).  Perfect for crafters of any level!  Materials, tips, and tricks provided.

Monday, Sept. 12 at 4-5:30 p.m.
Visitacion Valley Branch – 201 Leland Ave., SF
Limited to 15 participants. Call 355.2848 to reserve a spot.

Sunday, Sept. 18 at 2-3:30 p.m.
Ingleside Branch – 1298 Ocean Ave., SF
Limited to 15 participants. Call 355.2898 to reserve a spot.

SpaceCraft: Upcycled Cup Cozy
Your favorite sweater snuck into the dryer and now it will only fit your dog?  Not to worry! In this workshop GoGo Craft will teach you how to make a recycled sweater into a cup cozy that will make you the talk of the coffee shop!  Decorate your cup cozy with space-themed felt rocket ship or constellation to make it out of this world!  Perfect for crafters of any level!  Materials, tips, and tricks provided.

Sunday, Oct. 30 – 2-3:30 p.m.
Presidio Branch – 3150 Sacramento St., SF
Limited to 15 participants. Call 355.2880 to reserve a spot.

Monday, Nov. 7th - 6:30-8 p.m.
Sunset Branch – 1305 18th Ave., SF
Limited to 15 participants. Call 355.2808 to reserve a spot.

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One City, Three Films: Space Travel
Large Screen Videos in San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium – Thursdays at Noon

Nov. 3
The Right Stuff
Covering some 15 years, The Right Stuff recounts the formation of America's space program, concentrating on the original Mercury astronauts, including Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth.  

Nov. 10
Apollo 13
True story of the moon-bound NASA mission that developed severe trouble and was stranded 200,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, radioing back to earth, “Houston, we have a problem.” Astronauts and ground crew race against time and the odds to bring ship and crew safely back to Earth.

Nov. 17
Wall-E
Disney and Pixar join forces for this computer-animated tale about a wide-eyed robot who travels to the deepest reaches of outer space in search of a newfound friend.

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