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Author Programs

Mary Roach in conversation with Adam Savage
Wednesday, November 2 at 6pm, SF 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? Hear which space legends might be as combustible as urban ones when Mary Roach and Adam Savage 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 the premiere of Rockets of Yesterday, an eye-popping video tour of 1950s and 60s rocket dreams, curated by archivist and space enthusiast Megan Prelinger.

Mary 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, California.

Adam Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, actor, educator, and co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters.

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, September 12 at 7pm, 601 Van Ness Ave., 776-1111
The Booksmith – Author Reading
Co-sponsored by Litquake
Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30pm, 1644 Haight St., 863-8688
Book Passage Ferry Building – Author Reading
Tuesday, October 18 at 6pm, 1 Ferry Building #42, 835-1020


One City One Book Discussions

Talk about Packing for Mars with other readers at a library or bookstore near you!

Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30pm
Glen Park Branch – 2825 Diamond St., 355-2858
Wednesday, September 21 at 7pm
Potrero Branch – 1616 20th St., 355-2822
Monday, September 26 at 7pm
Sunset Branch – 1305 18th Ave., 355-2808
Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30pm
Mission Bay Branch – 960 Fourth St., 355-2838
Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30pm
Excelsior Branch – 4400 Mission St., 355-2868
Monday, October 3 at 3pm
Books Inc. in Berkeley - 1760 Fourth Street, (510) 525-7777
Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00pm
Presidio Branch – 3150 Sacramento St., 355-2880
Thursday, October 13 at 7pm
Books Inc. in Burlingame - 1375 Burlingame Ave., (650) 685-4911
Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30pm
Western Addition Branch – 1550 Scott St., 355-5727
Thursday, October 20 at 2pm
West Portal Branch – 190 Lenox Way, 355-2886
Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30pm
Merced Branch – 155 Winston Dr., 355-2825
Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm
Books Inc. in Mountain View -301 Castro St., (650) 428-1234
Wednesday, October 26 at 7pm
Parkside Branch – 1200 Taraval St., 355-5770
Saturday, November 12 at 3:30pm
Noe Valley Branch – 451 Jersey St., 355-5707


Related Events

Explore space right here on Earth at these One City One Book tie-in programs!

Life: A Cosmic Story

Tuesday September 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm, SF 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 or call 800-794-7576.

Out of this World: Explore

Outer Space in Classical Music with Salon97  
Tuesday, September 27 at 7pm, 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 theSpace Race

Monday, October 17 at 6:30pm, 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, October 26 at 6:15pm, SF 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, November 15 at 6:30pm, SF 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.

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 teen and adult crafters of any level!  Materials, tips, and tricks provided.

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

Sunday, September 18 at 2-3:30pm
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 teen and adult crafters of any level!  Materials, tips, and tricks provided.

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

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

One City, Three Films: Space Travel

Large Screen Videos in SF Main Library, Koret Auditorium – Thursdays at Noon

November 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.  

November 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.

November 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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