Did you know that the Naturalist Center at the Academy hosts a book club for adults? Known as Bookworms, this monthly book group focuses on science-themed books hand-picked by our librarians and the group. Expand your knowledge of a science topic, engage in dialogue, and perhaps meet an author or two!
Did we mention that the book club is free? This book group meets after the museum closes, so you’ll have time to commute after school. Academy staff just need to know to expect you, so you can be escorted to the meeting room from the business entrance off Middle Drive. To reserve a place, pick up a “ticket” on the online calendar or call 800-794-7576. Space is limited.
Here’s the line-up of books chosen for our meetings this spring! Purchase a used copy from Amazon, or borrow the book from either the San Francisco Public Library or the Naturalist Center stacks. Note that participants are encouraged to read the book before attending.
Bookworms Adult Book Club: Selections for Spring
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Topic: Philosophers, Spies, and Scientists
The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott
In a change of pace, the group will discuss the novel, The Coral Thief, set in Paris in 1815. It combines early scientific ideas about evolution with passion, romance and the theft of a priceless coral specimen.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Topic: The Big Chill
Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places by Bill Streever
Join the group for a discussion of Streever’s account of a year in the world’s coldest places. Learn more about what cold is, why it is important, and how scientists reconstruct the climates of the past.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Topic: Amazonian Adventures
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
Writer David Grann became fascinated by the story of British explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett who went on a search to find the city of Z, an ancient civilization that might not have existed. Fawcett never returned. Grann undertakes his own mission to learn more about Fawcett’s “deadly obsession” and Z.