Bestselling author, Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the runaway success of his debut novel, The Martian, which has sold over 3 million copies, allowed him to write fulltime. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight.
United for Libraries President Susan Schmidt will host the President’s Program featuring Weir, as part of the Auditorium Speaker Series.
Weir will introduce his new book, Artemis, an adrenaline-charged crime caper that features smart, detailed world-building based on real science and the charm that makes Weir’s writing so irresistible. The book has already garnered feature film adaptation in Hollywood. This, coupled with his new CBS TV show, Mission Control, a drama about flight controllers at NASA, Weir seems to be living his dreams, as he grew up not wanting to be an astronaut, but a flight controller. “I grew up when it sucked to be a nerd. When you’d be intensely unpopular. The only people who liked you were other hard-core nerds. Now, it’s all, You’re a nerd, you’re probably going to be successful in life!”
Artemis will be available in Fall 2017. A book signing will follow the program.
Sponsored by Penguin Random House
Meeting Type: Auditorium Speaker Series, President's Program
Sponsors: ALA, UNITED
Cost: Included with full conference registration.