SciFri Book Club

Drawing of stacked books with text: SciFri Book Club

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!

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Spring 2021 Selection

Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food by Lenore Newman.

Ebook and audiobook always available on Hoopla.

Ebook and audiobook available from the Alaska Digital Library.

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.

The Rise Of Extinction And Fall Of Megafauna
Monday, April 26
1-2 PM, Zoom

This discussion meeting will focus on Section 1 of Lost Feast—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.

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Cultivars, Cows And Culinary Conservation

Monday, May 10
1-2 PM, Zoom

This discussion meeting will focus on Sections 2 and 3 of Lost Feast—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.

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Protecting Pollinators And The (Possible) Future Of Food
Monday, May 24
1-2 PM, Zoom

This discussion meeting will focus on Section 4 of Lost Feast—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.

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Pre-Broadcast Call-Ins

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.

Hosting A Lost Feast: How To Protect Flavors And Food Traditions With Author Lenore Newman
Tuesday, April 20
2-2:30 PM, Zoom

This time, for the SciFri Book Club, we’re welcoming Lenore Newman, author of this season’s pick, Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food. We’ll talk biodiversity, flavor, and how our own choices have impacted both. Bring your burning cultivar and cuisine questions with a side of science!

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The Future Of Food: Science, Culinary History And More From ‘Lost Feast’
Tuesday, May 4
1 PM-2 PM, Zoom

This time, for the SciFri Book Club, we’re inviting scientists to tell more stories about lost or threatened foods and how we can save what’s left.

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SciFri Trivia Night: Book Club Edition

Wednesday, May 19
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 Spring’s Book Club pick, Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food.

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)! The trivia will cover topics including but not limited to: pollinators like bees, megafauna like mastodons, island ecosystems, sandy pears, and lots more.

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