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OFFSITE & TICKETED: Randall Munroe, How To

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz is delighted to welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe, who will present his new book, HOW TO: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. Munroe will be in conversation with science fiction author, activist, and journalist Cory Doctorow. This event is co-sponsored by 90.3 KAZU and the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

A former NASA roboticist, Randall Munroe is the creator and brilliant mind behind the wildly popular xkcd, a stick-figure webcomic read by millions of fans each week about science, technology, and the absurdities of the modern world. His #1 New York Times bestselling books What If? and Thing Explainer have sold several million copies worldwide and What If? spent 64 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.Logo for Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.The logo for 90.3 KAZU.

This offsite book talk and signing will take place at Santa Cruz Bible Church, 440 Frederick St. Santa Cruz. Tickets packages are $33.00 and include one ticket to the event and one copy of How To. Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets:

How To features Munroe’s iconic stick figure illustrations and deeply researched scientific thoughts, providing readers with the world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide. For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. 

Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a 90's kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and getting to your appointments on time by destroying the Moon. And if you want to get rid of the book once you're done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapor, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth's mantle, or launching it into the Sun.

By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.

“A witty, educational examination…generously laced with dry humor…Apart from generating laughter, the book also manages to achieve his serious objective: to get his audience thinking ‘of ideas and then trying to decide whether they’re good or not.’” –Publishers Weekly, starred review