At long last, three of our favorite things—books, booze and science—are coming together in a monthly book club for the scientifically curious! This group meets monthly in Indianapolis to talk about recent popular science books. A local scientist whose research relates to the book topic joins to share insights and help guide the conversation.

All events are free and open to the general public. Discussions also feature one or more guest scientists or scholars with expertise relevant to the book of the month. Find the book at your nearest library or bookstore and join us!

Program Details

Spring 2022 Schedule

January 25 @ 6:30 p.m.

Format: Virtual via Zoom, Watch the Discussion
Book: Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach
Expert: Angela Yang M.Sc, Indianapolis Zoo

February 22 @ 6:30 p.m.

Format: In person at Black Acre Taproom | Watch the Discussion
Book: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong

Expert: Dr. Bill Sullivan, IU School of Medicine

March 29 @ 6:30 p.m.

Format: In person at Black Acre Garden (5529 Bonna Ave.), Livestream
Book: The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred  by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

April 26 @ 6:30 p.m.

Format: In person at Black Acre Garden (5529 Bonna Ave.), Livestream
Book: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

May 26 @ 6:30 p.m.

Format: In person at Upland Bloomington Brewpub Woodshop (354 W 11th St, Bloomington, IN 47404) as part of Indiana University Arts & Humanities Institute Granfalloon
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

May 31 @ 6:30 p.m.

Format: In person at Upland Fountain Square (1201 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203) Livestream
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut


*While we plan to have an in-person season, formats are subject to change based on pandemic conditions and safety concerns. Check Indiana Humanities’ Facebook page for the most updated information on locations and format.

Borrow from the Library

Want to borrow the books from The Indianapolis Public Library? Here’s a booklist that includes this year’s and last year’s titles.

Past Books, Booze and Brains Discussions

See our previous books and experts here. 

Zoom instructions

All meetings will happen between 6:30 to 8 p.m. Eastern unless otherwise noted.

For meetings held on zoom use the information below to login. 2022 meetings are in-person unless otherwise noted in the schedule.


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Program Highlights


Monthly Science-Themed Book Club Opens with Ready Player Two Virtual Discussion Featuring Local Experts

There's a great list of popular science books lined up for the 2021 season.

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Photo Album

See the book club in action

In January 2020 we met to discuss And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts at Upland Fountain Square.

Take a peek


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  • Central Indiana Science Outreach
  • March for Science Indianapolis
  • Indiana Sciences
  • Indianapolis Public Library


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