Sarah Scoles and Jill Tarter
in conversation with Katherine Maxfield

About our moderator, Katherine Maxfield:

Maxfield’s conversations with writers have been favorably compared to Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, City Arts & Lectures, and Celebrity Forum. Her friendly yet probing style encourages writers to reveal their writing and thought processes, delves into the world of agents and publishers, and examines interesting angles of their most recent publication.

Maxfield has a BA (economics), an MBA (marketing) and an MFA (writing). She worked for Silicon Valley’s ComQuest, ROLM Corporation, Polycom, Apple, and 3Com. Her non-fiction book, Starting Up Silicon Valley, was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2014 and was a 2015 Eric Hoffer winner in the business category. Her award-winning short fiction and personal perspectives have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Ontario Review, and numerous other literary journals.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

TICKET PRICES : $20

VENUE: Historic Villa

Join us as Sarah Scoles discusses her debut book Making Contact, a brilliant examination of the science behind the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and its pioneer, Jill Tarter, the inspiration for the main character in Carl Sagan's Contact. Tarter will also be in conversation.

ABOUT MAKING CONTACT

This is a book for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered, "Are we alone?" Jill Tarter is a pioneer, an innovator, an adventurer, and a controversial force. At a time when women weren’t encouraged to do much outside the home, Tarter ventured as far out as she could―into the three-Kelvin cold of deep space. Her work is not just a quest to understand life in the universe: it's a quest to understand our lives within the universe. No one has told that story, her story, until now. Scoles reveals the fascinating figure at the center of the final frontier of scientific investigation. 

ABOUT SARAH SCOLES

Scoles is a science writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Discover, and WIRED, among others. A former editor at Astronomy magazine, she worked at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the location of the first-ever SETI project, and currently lives in Denver, Colorado.




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