Books, Booze & Brains

We've brought together three of our favorite things—books, booze and science—in a monthly book club for the scientifically curious!

Books, Booze & Brains

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 will meet monthly in Indianapolis to talk about recent popular science books. A local scientist whose research relates to the book topic will join us to share insights and help guide the conversation.

All events are free and open to the general public. Each discussion is facilitated by Dr. Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at IUPUI and specialist in science communications. Discussions also feature one or more guest scientists with expertise relevant to the book of the month. Find the book at your nearest library or bookstore and join us! Additional dates, almost always the last Tuesday of the month, and titles will be added in the future.

Books, Booze & Brains is presented in partnership by Indiana Humanities, Central Indiana Science Outreach, March for Science Indianapolis, Indiana Sciences and Indianapolis Public Library.

Zoom Login Instructions

For the time being, we’ll keep meeting virtually, with meetings running from 6:30 to 8 p.m. If and when we’re ready to start meeting in-person, you’ll be sure to know.

Need a book?

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

Spring 2021 Schedule


Tuesday, Jan. 26
Book: Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
Guest ExpertsMathew Powers, Lecturer, IUPUI School of Informatics & Computing; George Takahashi, Research Programmer, Purdue University Envision Center
View the Livestream Recording

Tuesday, Feb. 23
Book: Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
Guest Expert: Erick Tijerino, Propulsion Engineer, Blue Origin 
View the Livestream Recording 

Tuesday, March 30
BookThe Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte
Scientist: Dr. Jennifer Anné, Paleontologist, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
View the Livestream Recording

Tuesday, April 27
Book: Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini
Scientist: Dr. Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, Associate Professor at IU School of Medicine
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Tuesday, May 25
Book: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Niel deGrasse Tyson
Scientist: Dr. Andrew Garvin, Associate Professor, IUPUI Dept. of Physics
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Questions? Suggestions?

Is there a book you think we should read? Are you a scientist who’d like to help lead a future session? Contact facilitator Krista Hoffmann-LongtinIUPUI School of Liberal Arts and IU School of Medicine.

If you’re interested in starting a local Books, Booze & Brains chapter outside Indianapolis, contact Kristen Fuhs Wells, Vice President at Indiana Humanities.