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TICKETED OFFSITE EVENT: Randall Munroe, What If? 2

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 7:00pm

TICKETED OFFSITE EVENT: Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes bestselling author Randall Munroe for a lively discussion with author and illustrator Raina Telgemeier about his highly-anticipated new book, What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

This event is cosponsored by KAZU 90.3 and will take place at Hotel Paradox, 611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz.

"A delight for science geeks with a penchant for oddball thought experiments." —Kirkus

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of What If? and How To answers more of the weirdest questions you never thought to ask.

The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcd creator Randall Munroe is here to help. Planning to ride a fire pole from the Moon back to Earth? The hardest part is sticking the landing. Hoping to cool the atmosphere by opening everyone's freezer door at the same time? Maybe it's time for a brief introduction to thermodynamics. Want to know what would happen if you rode a helicopter blade, built a billion-story building, made a lava lamp out of lava, or jumped on a geyser as it erupted? Okay, if you insist.

Before you go on a cosmic road trip, feed the residents of New York City to a T. rex, or fill every church with bananas, be sure to consult this practical guide for impractical ideas. Unfazed by absurdity, Munroe consults the latest research on everything from swing-set physics to airliner catapult-design to answer his readers' questions, clearly and concisely, with illuminating and occasionally terrifying illustrations. As he consistently demonstrates, you can learn a lot from examining how the world might work in very specific extreme circumstances.

Randall Munroe is the author of the number one New York Times bestsellers How To, What If?, and Thing Explainer; the science question-and-answer blog What If?; and the popular web comic xkcd. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the internet full time. He lives in Massachusetts.

Randall will be in conversation with Raina Telgemeier, the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, Sisters, Ghosts, and Guts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include five Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best-of and Notables lists. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

CAN'T MAKE THE EVENT? Order a signed copy of What If? 2 below: