post 2015 Events!

March 29th, 2015

Denver, Colorado

Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:30 p.m.


Syracuse, New York

Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series

John H Mulroy Civic Center

441 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, New York.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7:30 PM


Cleveland, Ohio

Writer’s Center Stage

Tinkham Veale University Center

Case Western Reserve

11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, Ohio

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 7:30 PM


Skagway, Alaska

North Words Writers Symposium

May 27-30, 2015

Skagway, Alaska!



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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