Anchorage Public Library has partnered with Science Friday to bring the Sci Fri Book Club to the science and reading enthusiasts in our community.
The SciFri Book Club is a program created by Science Friday to bring people together around all things science reading – anything from sci-fi short stories to nonfiction science books to science articles from various publications to science-y poetry!
We have two Book Club kick-offs per year—usually, a nonfiction pick in the winter, and a fiction pick in the summer/fall. Between Book Clubs kick-offs on the radio, we'll keep the conversation going in the online community and keep reading together!
Fall 2021 Selection
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush.
Ebook always available on Hoopla.
Want to read with friends? Get our book club bag with 10 copies and a reader's guide.
Join the SciFri Book Club community forum here.
Book Club Meetings
We invite all members of the SciFri Book Club community to come together every other week for a Zoom meeting, where you can meet other readers from across the world, talk about the book and the most recent discussion questions, and find out more resources for further reading—all without leaving your home.
When Marshes Rot And Islands Disappear
Monday, October 11
1-2 PM, Zoom
This discussion meeting will focus on pages 1-69 of Rising—you’re welcome to join us if you haven’t completed these chapters, but know there will be mention of specific topics and ideas in the reading.
The Cost of Rising, Rebuilding, and Relocating
Monday, October 25
1-2 PM, Zoom
This discussion meeting will focus on pages 71-205 of Rising—you’re welcome to join us if you haven’t completed these chapters, but know there will be mention of specific topics and ideas in the reading.
Mitigation, Adaptation, And Defining Resiliency
Monday, November 1
1-2 PM, Zoom
This discussion meeting will focus on pages 206-264 of Rising—you’re welcome to join us if you haven’t completed these chapters, but know there will be mention of specific topics and ideas in the reading.
Join us for SciFri Zoom Call-ins, where attendees can join Science Friday producers to hear the interview before it is broadcast on our radio show, as well as chat with fellow listeners, ask questions to our guests via chat, and could be selected to ask their question live.
Then tune in to Science Friday on KSKA Fridays from 10-11 AM.
How Sea Level Rise Is Changing The World
Tuesday, October 5
11 AM, Zoom
We’re welcoming experts to talk about the effects we are already seeing from climate change on our coasts and beyond. Come for the collaborative ways experts are working together to address sea level rise head-on; leave with ideas for activating change in your community, no matter where you live.
How Do You Talk About A Problem Like Climate Change? With Author Elizabeth Rush
Tuesday, October 19
2 PM, Zoom
This time, for the SciFri Book Club, join producer Christie Taylor in conversation with Elizabeth Rush, author of this fall’s Book Club choice and whose work explores how humans adapt to changes and forces seemingly beyond their control, from ecological transformation to political revolution. We’ll talk about how we talk about climate change, the role of storytelling in making meaningful change, and who is missing from the conversation—and we’ll take your questions.
SciFri Trivia Night: Book Club Edition
Wednesday, November 3
4:30-5:30 PM, Science Friday’s YouTube livestream
SciFri Trivia is a weekly gathering that’s part science-y facts, part dance party, and part pop culture romp, and it’s for anyone looking to bring together teams (or bravely play solo) to win ultimate bragging rights. It’s not all science trivia—but this time, we’re diving into the topics and ideas explored in this Fall’s Book Club pick, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush.
If you haven’t read the book, you might be at a slight disadvantage to our Book Clubbers but we still think you should come (and we do suggest you should pick it up from the Anchorage Public Library or your favorite local bookstore)!