February 27: Amy Stewart, NYT bestselling author of The Kopp Sisters crime series and botanist, author of Wicked Plants, on dangerous plants https://www.amystewart.com/
March 27: Sara Zachrich Jeng, web developer and author of The Other Me, coming August 10, 2021 from Berkley, will talk about author websites. Topics covered include creating a design that meshes with your author brand, writing content that speaks to your target audiences, picking a website platform, registering your domain name and getting your site online, and making sure your website is accessible to everyone. There will be a Q&A period.
April 24: Erika Engelhaupt is one of our own. Her new book, GORY DETAILS, is great reading: Filled to the brim with far-out facts, this wickedly informative narrative from the author of National Geographic's popular Gory Details blog takes us on a fascinating journey through an astonishing new reality. Blending humor and journalism in the tradition of Mary Roach, acclaimed science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. From the research biologist who stung himself with every conceivable insect to the world's most murderous mammals, this entertaining book explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring interviews with leading researchers in the field and a large dose of wit, this provocative book reveals the most intriguing real-world applications of science in all their glory.
May 22: Robert Lopresti, former government information librarian and current mystery writer, on his book, When Women Didn't Count, on women as criminals and victims throughout US history http://www.roblopresti.com/
June 26: Dr. Laura Pettler, textbook author and forensic specialist (seen on Dr. Oz show, Oxygen Channel), on her forensics specialty, how crime scenes are staged by killers, and translating her experience to writing for students http://laurapettler.com/
July 24: Barbara Hinske discusses how books are adapted to film. Her novella The Christmas Club was made into a 2019 Hallmark Channel Christmas movie. She has also written the bestselling Rosemont mystery series featuring forensics accountant Maggie Martin.