SciFri Book Club

Stacked books with text: Sci Fri Book Club and cover of December selection, The Milky Way by Moiya McTier

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!

There’s lots of ways to participate: Read the book, listen to our interview with the author, join our community space, attend an event, or send a message on the SciFri VoxPop app.

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December Selection

This December, the SciFri Book Club will seek answers among the stars with The Milky Way: An Autobiography of our Galaxy by astronomer, folklorist and author, Dr. Moiya McTier. Published this summer, this book stretches from the beginning of the universe to the birth of our planet, and then on to the eventual theoretical end of the cosmos. The narrator is our galaxy, the Milky Way—13.6 billion years old, all-knowing, and a little sassy. Along the way, we learn both the science of how stars form and galaxies collide, and the many stories and myths humans have told about these bodies throughout our relatively brief lives.

Get the Book

This Book Club season kicks off Thursday, December 1, and you can read along with us! We’ll be (loosely) following this schedule, but all our readers are welcome to join us at their own pace:

  • Chapters 1-3 from December 1-4
  • Chapters 4-6 from December 5-11
  • Chapters 7-9 from December 12-18
  • Chapters 10-12 from December 19-25
  • Chapters 13-15 from December 26-31

Join the SciFri Book Club community forum here.

Book Club Meeting

Want to meet other SciFri Book Club members, talk about the book selection, and find more resources for deeper learning—all without leaving your home? Our community meeting is the place for you!

The Milky Way
Wednesday, December 21
4 PM, Zoom

This discussion meeting will focus on themes and topics featured in THE MILKY WAY. You’re welcome to join us no matter your reading progress—come chat with other science-interested folks about astronomy, folklore and science storytelling, astrophysics, galaxy formation and evolution, and more!

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Virtual Events

Join us for a SciFri Zoom call-in, where attendees can listen in as the Science Friday team records an interview with science experts. Attendees could be selected to ask their questions live with our guests! 

The Galaxy Muse: Moiya McTier and the Milky Way
Monday, December 12
3 PM, Zoom

Do you find yourself looking up at the stars, wondering what (or who) else is out there? Moiya McTier's new book, 'The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy,' has an unusual narrator to tell that story—the Milky Way, who is 13.6 billion years old, all-knowing, and a little sassy. Come with your questions for Dr. McTier about the beginning of the universe, the birth of our planet, or anywhere in between!

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