Mary Roach - best-selling author of "Stiff," "Spook," "Gulp" and "Bonk" - to give free reading at Englert

April 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
Englert Theatre


Mary RoachMary Roach, best-selling science writer and a 2015 Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, will read from her work at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 27, at the Englert Theatre. Her reading is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

The author of five highly acclaimed books, Roach is known for her use of humor and metaphor to make complex, timely issues appeal to both the average reader and the not-so-average scientist.

Her books include the New York Times bestsellers GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, BONK: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, and SPOOK: Science Tackles the Afterlife.

PACKING FOR MARS was a New York Times Editor's Choice and a One City, One Book selection for San Francisco. STIFF has been translated into 26 languages, and SPOOK was a New York Times Notable Book. Roach has also written for National Geographic, Wired, New Scientist, The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Outside. She serves as a member of the Mars Institute's Advisory Board and the Usage Panel of American Heritage Dictionary. Her 2009 TED talk made the organization's Twenty Most-Watched list, and in 2011 she served as guest editor of the 2011 Best American Science and Nature Writing.  She is also the recipient of the American Engineering Societies' Engineering Journalism Award, in a category for which, she admits, she was the sole entrant.

Roach's visit is sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the University of Iowa Department of English, with generous support from the Office of the Provost's Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor program, Prairie Lights Books, and Lensing Cremation and Funeral Services.

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