A Conversation with Andy Weir, author of The Martian and Artemis
Join Village Books for an evening with acclaimed author Andy Weir.
The author of the bestselling novel The Martian is coming to Bellingham to discuss his new book, Artemis. He will be in conversation with Western Washington University's Dr. Melissa Rice, Assistant Professor of Geology.
Andy Weir’s brilliant debut novel The Martian, a gripping story of survival against all odds, was a genuine publishing phenomenon. Hailed by critics and fans alike as a new science-fiction classic, it spent a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller list (including twenty weeks at number one), has been published in forty languages worldwide, and has sold more than four million copies in North America alone—not to mention being adapted into the hit movie of the same name, starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott.
In his much anticipated new novel Artemis, Weir has crafted a near-future crime caper that introduces a protagonist every bit as memorable as The Martian’s Mark Watney: Jasmine Bashara, aka Jazz. Jazz is just another too-smart, directionless twentysomething, chafing at the constraints of her small town and dreaming of a better life. Except the small town happens to be named Artemis—and it’s the first and only city on the moon.
Artemis is filled with Weir’s trademark charm and smarts based in real science, and propelled by a twisty heist plot.
Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the runaway success of his debut novel, The Martian, allowed him to pursue writing full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He lives in California.
Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Geology Melissa Rice has been named by NASA as a Participating Scientist on the Mars Curiosity Rover science team. Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Wellesley College and her doctorate in Astrophysics from Cornell University, after which she completed postdoctoral work on the rovers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Tickets are $5 and available in advance at Village Books and on BrownPaperTickets.com. Proceeds will benefit Bellingham High School's PTSA. Doors open at 6:30.
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