I love to meet readers and talk about science, history, art, writing. If you’d like me to come speak to your group please get in touch!

Recent Appearances

Book Culture

July 6, 2016, 450 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY
I spent a delightful evening at Book Culture on the Upper West Side for a joint reading/discussion with Michael White, author of Travels in Vermeer.

Brattleboro Literary Festival

October 2–3, 2015
Brattleboro, Vermont
I so enjoyed my visit to Brattleboro, meeting all the wonderful authors at the festival, and my talk in front of a full house!

New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Branch

August 4th, 6:30pm, 455 Fifth Avenue
I had a great time speaking at the New York Public Library, where I carried out some of the research for Eye of the Beholder.

World Science Festival

May 30, 2015
New York, NY

I so enjoyed the panel discussion on “Brave New Word” at the Science and Story program of the World Science Festival. Physicist Leonard Mlodinow, journalist and novelist Bob Reiss and I spoke with Rick Karr about the craft of science writing. It was a stimulating session!

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Gaithersburg Book Festival

Gaithersburg Book Festival

May 16, 2015
Gaithersburg, Maryland

I was delighted to join over a hundred best-selling and award-winning authors at one of the nation’s top and most charming literary events, in Olde Towne Gaithersburg, Maryland. Luckily the rain and hail waited until the end of the day and we had a full tent for my talk. I enjoyed meeting readers and signing books afterwards.

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Signing books at Gaithersburg Book Festival

[words] Bookstore

May 9, 2015, 5:00pm
179 Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040

I really enjoyed my visit to this terrific Indie Bookstore. They have such a lovely space dedicated to author talks. If you are in the area, you should go visit. They might still have a few signed copies of Eye of the Beholder!

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Maplewood-signing

University of Chicago

May 7, 2015, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine
Social Science Research Building, Room 105
1126 E. 59th Street

It was a real pleasure for me to return to University of Chicago, where I had the honor of guest teaching early in my career. I gave the annual lecture to the graduating seniors in History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science and Medicine. It was a great audience–and a fun dinner afterwards!

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The Caedmon School

May 6, 2015
Fifth Grade SciArt Class

I faced my toughest audience to date, a room of fifth-graders and their teachers, as I talked about how scientists and artists use technology to see the world in new ways. We used magnifying glasses to examine flowers and make our own Dutch-style botanical studies.

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Voices of the SAJ

May 1, 2015, 8:15pm
15 W. 86th Street
New York, NY 10024

I was delighted to join a talented group of poets, memoirists and short story writers for this annual reading event!

New York Society Library

April 29, 2015, 6:30pm
53 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

I spoke on The Philosophical Breakfast Club at the New York Society Library in 2011 and so I was especially delighted to return and speak about Eye of the Beholder. It was a sold-out house with an enthusiastic and smart audience—what more could an author want? Details are here.

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Arnold Aboretum of Harvard University

April 8, 2015, 7:00pm–8:30pm
125 Arborway, Boston
Hunnewell Building

I spoke on The Philosophical Breakfast Club at the Arnold Aboretum in 2012 and was delighted to come back for a talk on Eye of the Beholder. We had a large group unfazed by April hail and a very lively Q & A.

Boston Athenaeum

April 7, 2015, 6:00pm–7:00pm
10½ Beacon Street, Boston

It was so much fun to speak to a sold-out house at the Boston Athenaeum. What an engaged and intelligent audience!

Launch Party for Eye of the Beholder

March 16, 2015, 6:00pm–8:00pm
The Corner Bookstore, 1313 Madison Avenue, New York City

I am honored that The Corner Bookstore, an institution in New York literary circles, invited us to launch The Eye of the Beholder in the store on March 16.

We ended up with standing room only. I am sorry to those who came a little late and were unable to get in. Please come to my next event in New York City, on April 29, at the New York Society Library.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

The Philosophical Breakfast Club and the Invention of the Modern Scientist

January 27, 2015, 6:00pm
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Elizabethtown, KY

I was in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, for a series of STEM-related talks and events. My public talk on the Philosophical Breakfast Club can be seen on YouTube here.