2016 National Book Festival Continues Trend Of Many Science Offerings

Earlier this month the National Book Festival organizers announced the full slate of authors scheduled to attend the Festival.  Those who will be in the Washington, D.C. area on September 24th can see the Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Once again there is a strong slate of science books featured at the Festival (more on them in a bit).  In addition, there will be a panel at the International Stage on the work of Italian scientist and author Primo Levi.  The Library of Congress – the main sponsor of the event – will have a number of special exhibits of note, including several on the Library’s digital projects.

The authors on the Science Stage are:

James Gleick – a science author who has covered information, chaos theory and Richard Feynman in previous works, tackles time travel in his latest work

Michael Hiltzik – a journalist and author has occasionally dealt in technology topics, with his latest work on Ernest Lawrence

Peter D. Kramer – an author and practicing psychiatrist, his latest book is on antidepressants

Janna Levin – an astrophysicist and author, Levin’s latest book deals with the quest for proof of gravitational waves

Joseph Mazur – a author and mathematics professor, his latest book addresses probability and so-called flukes

Amy Ellis Nutt – a reporter for The Washington Post, Nutt’s latest book covers how one family deals with the gender transition of one of its members

Mary Roach – a science writer who frequently writes about stuff that might be considered gross, is promoting her latest book, which focuses on science and technology developed to support the soldier

Eliezer Sternberg – a neurologist with training in philosophy, Sternberg writes about how what we know about the brain can explain how we make decisions

Eric Weiner – a reporter whose latest book combines travel writing with a history of creative places

Some other authors at the Festival tangle with science or technology matters.  Gene Lueng Yang’s latest Secret Coders work gets into computer programming.  Janet Nolan and Thomas Gonzalez’s latest children’s book covers shipbuilding.  Andrea Beaty’s latest book is about a young scientist.  Holly Robinson Peete co-wrote a book about living with autism.  I’m certain I’ve missed some work featured at the Festival.


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