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      September 11, 2019

      Wednesday   7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

      440 Frederick Street
      Santa Cruz, California 95062

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      Bookshop Santa Cruz Presents an Evening with Randall Munroe

      Bookshop Santa Cruz is delighted to present an evening with Randall Munroe for the hardcover tour of his newest creation, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. Munroe will be in conversation with science fiction author, activist, and journalist Cory Doctorow. Join us at the Santa Cruz Bible Church on Wednesday, September 11 for this very special evening! Your ticket package includes entry to the event and one copy of How To, to be picked up at the event. All ticket sales are final. ABOUT THE BOOK: For any task you might want to do, theres a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. Its full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if youre a baby boomer or a 90s 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 powering your house by destroying the fabric of space-time. And if you want to get rid of the book once youre 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 Earths mantle, or launching it into the Sun. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesnt 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. How To publishes on September 3 and is $28 retail. Your ticket package includes a copy of the book (to be collected at the event) and entry to the event. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Randall Munroe is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer, the science question-and-answer blog What If, and the popular webcomic xkcd. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the internet full-time. He lives in Massachusetts. PRAISE FOR HOW TO: To reinvigorate your sense of cosmic wonder breeze through former NASA scientist Munroes lively answerspeppered with line drawingsto some pretty bizarre questions about life, the universe, and everything elseExtreme astrophysics and indecipherable chemistry have rarely been this clearly explained or this consistently hilarious.Entertainment Weekly 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the Year Consistently fascinating and entertainingMunroe leavens the hard science with whimsical touchesAn illuminating handbook of methods of reasoning.Wall Street Journal Its fun to watch as Munroe tackles each question and examines every possible complication with nerdy and methodical aplomb. The delightfully demented What If? is the most fun you can have with math and science, short of becoming your own evil genius.Boston Globe


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