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Saturday, August 24 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Finding the Funny in Facts with Mary Roach **SOLD OUT**

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Writing nonfiction need not be a drudgery; pretty much every factual topic contains elements that can be mined for humor, no matter how mundane. Mary Roach, called “America’s funniest science writer” by the Washington Post, has proven this repeatedly in her New York Times best-selling science-based tomes. From her most recent book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, for example, we learn that zippers can be a problem for snipers, and that there is such a thing as caffeinated meat. In this seminar, Roach will talk about humor based on fact. Is anything off-limits? What are the tricks to finding the funny? Can an un-funny person still elicit grins from readers?

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Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has... Read More →

Saturday August 24, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Mechanics' Institute Board Room 57 Post Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104