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Author Q&A

FALL 2023

September 7, 2023 • 7:00-8:00pm

Quinn Eastman

The Woman Who Couldn’t Wake Up: Hypersomnia and the Science of Sleepiness
(Columbia University Press, Aug 2023)



October 5, 2023 • 7:00-8:00pm

Jennifer Lunden

AMERICAN BREAKDOWN: Our Ailing Nation, My Body’s Revolt, and the Nineteenth-Century Woman Who Brought Me Back to Life
(Harper Wave, May 2023)



November 2, 2023 • 7:00-8:00pm

Amy Dockser Marcus

We The Scientists: How a Daring Team of Parents and Doctors Forged a New Path for Medicine
(Riverhead Books, Feb 2023)



We'd like to send a special thank you to Georgia Center for the Book, Atlanta Science Gallery, and The Decatur Book Festival for being the official co-sponsors of the Fall 2023 Living Health: Author Q&A Series.


February 23, 2023 • 7:00-8:00pm

Elena Conis, PhD

How to Sell a Poison: The Rise, Fall and Toxic Return of DDT
(Bold Type, 2022)



March 23, 2023 • 7:00-8:00pm

Bethany Brookshire, PhD

Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains
(Ecco, Dec 2022)

This event is co-produced with the Atlanta Science Festival.


April 12, 2023 • 7:00-8:00pm

Steven Thrasher, PhD

The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide
(Celadon Books, Aug 2022)


We'd like to send a special thank you to Georgia Center for the Book and Atlanta Science Gallery for being the official co-sponsors of the Spring 2023 Living Health: Author Q&A Series.

FALL 2022

September 27, 2022

Rachel Gross

Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage
(WW Norton & Co., March 2022)

October 27, 2022

Jim Downs

Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery and War Transformed Medicine
(Harvard University Press, Sept 2021)


March 29, 2022

Jo Handelsman, PhD

A World Without Soil: The Past, Present and Precarious Future of the Earth Beneath Our Feet
(Yale University Press)

April 19, 2022

Emily Willingham, PhD

The Tailored Brain: From Ketamine, to Keto, to Companionship, A User’s Guide to Feeling Better and Thinking Smarter
(Basic Books)

FALL 2021

September 29, 2021

Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley

Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine

October 13, 2021

Daisy Hernández

The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation's Neglect of a Deadly Disease


October 26, 2021

Dr. Cassandra Quave

The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines
About Dr. Quave:

Cassandra Quave, PhD, is the herbarium curator and an associate professor of dermatology and human health at Emory University, where she leads anti-infective drug discovery research initiatives and teaches courses on medicinal plants, food, and health. She is also the co-founder and CEO/CSO of PhytoTEK LLC, a drug-discovery company dedicated to developing solutions from botanicals for the treatment of recalcitrant antibiotic-resistant infections. Dr. Quave is the co-creator and host of Foodie Pharmacology, a podcast dedicated to exploring the links between food and medicine. A leader in the field of medical botany, she has authored more than 100 scientific publications and has been featured in the New York Times Magazine and BBC Focus, as well as on PBS, NPR and the National Geographic Channel.


November 10, 2021

Olivia Campbell

Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changes the World of Medicine


March 24, 2021

Perri E. Klass, MD

A Good Time to Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future

April 21, 2021

Chelsea Wald

Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest to Transform the Toilet

FALL 2020

September 24, 2020

Debora MacKenzie

COVID-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One

October 22, 2020

Emily Anthes

The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness

November 12, 2020

Emily Willingham, PhD

PHALLACY: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis


We'd like to send a special thank you to Georgia Center for the Book for being the official sponsors of the Spring 2021 and Fall 2020 Health & the Human Experience: Author Q&A Series.