post 2016 Events!

February 21st, 2016

Syracuse, New York

University Lectures

March 29, 7:30 p.m.

Hendricks Chapel


Boston University

Power of Narrative Conference

April 1-3 (Sunday Keynote)

Carmel, California

Sunset Center with Ira Flatow

April 7, 7 p.m.


Everett, WA

Everett Performing Arts Center

Saturday, April 9   7:30 p.m.


Berkeley, California 

Pegasus Bookstore

Saturday, April 30  3:00

(Independent Bookstore Day!)

“Ask Mary Anything”


Oakland, California

Oakland Book Festival

May 22


Cupertino, California

Apple, Inc.


Thursday, June 2

12:00 and 1:00


New York, New York

Barnes & Noble

Union Square

Monday, June 6

7:00 pm


Philadelphia, PA

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine Street

Tuesday, June 7  7:30


Boston, MA

Brattle Theatre w/Harvard Bookstore

Wednesday, June 8  6:00

40 Brattle Street

Cambridge, MA

Time/Link TK


Washington, DC

Politics and Prose

Thursday, June 9  7:00 pm

5015 Connecticut Ave. NW


Minneapolis, MN

Fitzgerald Theater

Friday, June 10  7:00

St. Paul, MN


San Francisco, CA

City Arts and Lectures

in conversation with Adam Savage

June 13  7:30 p.m.

Nourse Theater

275 Hayes Street, SF


Seattle, WA

Town Hall

June 15, 7:30 p.m.

1119 8th Avenue


Portland, OR

Powell’s Bookstore

Thursday, June 16  7:30 p.m.

1005 W. Burnside Street

Link TK


Los Angeles, CA

Council Literary Series

Friday, June 17  11:00 am

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel

11461 Sunset Blvd

Link TK


Pasadena, CA


All Saints Church

Friday, June 17   7:30 p.m.

132 N. Euclid Avenue


Palo Alto, CA

Commonwealth Club

Tuesday, June 21   7:00 p.m.

Shultz Hall / Oshman Family JCC

3921 Fabian Way

Palo Alto


Menlo Park, CA

Keplers Bookstore

Menlo Center

1010 El Camino Real

Wednesday, June 22  7:30


Berkeley, CA

The Bone Room

@ Northbrea Community Church

941 The Alameda

Saturday, June 25  7:00 p.m.

Link TK


Oakland, CA

Nerd Nite East Bay

Club 21

2111 Franklin Street

Monday, June 27  7:00 p.m.

Link TK


San Francisco, CA

Bookshop West Portal

80 West Portal Avenue

Tuesday, June 28  7:00 p.m.



Portsmouth, NH

Music Hall

Historic Theater

Writers on a New England Stage / Writers in the Loft

Thursday, June 30   7:00 p.m.

28 Chester Street


Corte Madera, CA

Book Passage

51 Tamal Vista Blvd

Monday, July 18  7:00 p.m.

Link TK


Montclair, CA

Montclair Branch Library

1687 Mountain Blvd.

Tuesday, July 19  6:30 p.m.






post Bucket List Complete

August 26th, 2013

Clarkson University let me drive their Zamboni, in a dress and 3″ heels, no less!

post Mary Roach with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

August 4th, 2010

About Packing for Mars:

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

post Video!

July 27th, 2010

Here is a video that captures the essence of Packing for Mars. My wonderful publisher, W.W. Norton, had it made. It made me laugh out loud, something my own books only rarely do. Feel free to post, forward, blog about, tweet about, or ignore. Thanks, guys.

post My TED “pig orgasm” talk is up!

May 12th, 2009

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