An Evening with Mary Roach, Presented by the Maplewood—South Orange Book Festival

Book Festival
Friday, June 9 at 8PM

Tickets: $45 keynote admission plus book; $75 keynote premium seating plus reception and signed book
Box Office: (973) 313-2787

The Maplewood—South Orange Book Festival is proud to present its inaugural keynote speaker, best-selling science writer Mary Roach. Mary will be talking about her new book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.

A New York Times / National Bestseller, Grunt is the latest work by “America’s funniest science writer,” writes the Washington Post. In Grunt, Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war. 

Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the VoidBonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and SexSpook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in OutsideWiredNational Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.

Photo of Mary Roach © Jen Siska.


Each regular keynote admission ticket ($45) comes with a complimentary paperback copy of Grunt. Premium tickets ($75) include a signed copy of Grunt, as well as admission to the launch party for the Maplewood—South Orange Book Festival. The launch party will be held at the SOPAC Loft from 6:00-7:30PM before the Mary Roach keynote event, and will feature a meet and greet with Mary Roach and other festival authors, light snacks, and an open bar.

Maplewood—South Orange Book Festival

The Maplewood–South Orange Book Festival brings together authors, readers and book lovers from all over New Jersey, as well as New York City. The authors at the book festival range from adult to YA to children’s, both fiction and nonfiction. The inaugural festival will be held on June 9 and 10, 2017, at the Woodland in Maplewood, the South Orange Performing Arts Center,and other venues around Maplewood and South Orange.  

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