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. 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.

Program Details

Fall 2021 Schedule

July 27

Format: Zoom, Livestream
Book: Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects, by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson 

August 31

Format: In person (likely outdoors), Livestream
Book: Entangled Life: How Fungi Make our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures, by Merlin Sheldrake 

September 28

Format: In person (likely outdoors), Livestream
Book: Bloodchild and Other Stories, by Octavia Butler 

October 26

Format: Zoom, Livestream
Book: The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug, by Steffanie Strathdee 

November 30

Format: Zoom, Livestream
Book: Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics, by Richard H. Thaler 

All meetings will happen between 6:30 to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Zoom login information will be posted soon!

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. 

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.

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


Contact Megan Telligman, senior program manager: | 317.616.9409

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