Presenters: Janet Fitch, Porter Fox, Steve Yarbrough
Moderator: Cyndi Kramer
Russia, as revolution approaches. Poland, on an otherwise insignificant night in 2006. Ukraine, during a recent bombing. Canada, Mexico and the United States, over the better part of the last century. Readers can't help but assume that these writers have spent time in these geographic locales, as they have so realistically captured the setting, the atmosphere and the differing cultures. Conversely, we also assume that our authors have not traveled through time. What is the process of researching place and time and, more importantly, how is it made relevant to those in which we exist today?
Presenters: Deborah Blum, Howard Markel
Moderator: Glen Young
Join two highly-regarded science writers as they reflect on their recent works of nonfiction which prove that truth is very often stranger than fiction. While based in science, both books from these writers and educators adroitly and entertainingly blend the hard sciences with real human drama and tragedy, historical anecdotes, bizarre truths and discoveries, and fascinating foodie facts that can't help but make you wonder, "How have we never heard these stories before?"
Presenters: Lindsay Eagar, Makiia Lucier, L.L. McKinney
Moderator: Leah Willams
So many of us devoured fantastical novels as children. For those of us whose love of fantasy and science fiction continued well into adolescence and adulthood, we have learned a deep appreciation for inventive world building, well-paced adventure, ambiguous and shifting morality, and quests. What we dread, however, is the perfect hero. The good guy or girl without flaws. No matter how unbelievable the world, this person does not exist. There is much to be said for the writer who is able to bring us to an imagined place, but also provide characters in whom we believe, because they are as real as we are.