Bestselling author speaking at Lindenwood Tuesday night


Science author Sam Kean will be speaking in the AB Leadership room in Spellmann Center on Tuesday night.
File photo by Megan Courtney


A New York Times bestselling non-fiction science author is scheduled to come to Lindenwood on Tuesday night. 

At 6 p.m., Sam Kean will be presenting in the Spellmann AB Leadership Room.

He will be talking about science history, his life as a writer, and how to make science popular.

Kean is a Midwestern native who has been mentioned in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and NPR’s “Radiolab.”

He also used to work in St. Louis and currently writes for NPR magazine.

Kean is known for his New York Times bestselling book the “Disappearing Spoon.”

Megan Phifer-Davis, a librarian at Lindenwood, said she reached out to Kean after she applied for a grant.

Phifer-Davis applied for the grant in October from the Missouri State Library. The $5000 grant is used to bring authors to schools for talks, and she was awarded the grant in October. 

“The importance of this event is to bring all the students together,” she said. “It’s a collaborating event.”  

She described some of Kean’s books, telling what a few of them are about.

“The Violinist’s Thumb is about the history of the DNA,” she said. “The Tale of the Disappearing Spoon is about the periodic table.” 

This event is open and free to the public. Kean’s books will be available during a signing that will take place after the event.

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