Literati Bookstore Presents Randall Munroe

Monday, September 26, 2022 - 7:00pm

We're thrilled to welcome Randall Munroe back to Ann Arbor in support of What If? 2, and in conversation with a guest TBA.

Book bundle tickets include a hardcover copy of the book to be picked up at the venue the night of the event. Limited student tickets are also available and the ticket can be applied toward $10 off the book when purchased at the event (discount cannot be applied to a purchase of the book in-store).

Book signing details TBA.

**Please note: masks required for this event*

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of What If? and How To answers more of the weirdest questions you never thought to ask

The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcd creator Randall Munroe is here to help. Planning to ride a fire pole from the Moon back to Earth? The hardest part is sticking the landing. Hoping to cool the atmosphere by opening everyone’s freezer door at the same time? Maybe it’s time for a brief introduction to thermodynamics. Want to know what would happen if you rode a helicopter blade, built a billion-story building, made a lava lamp out of lava, or jumped on a geyser as it erupted? Okay, if you insist.

Before you go on a cosmic road trip, feed the residents of New York City to a T. rex, or fill every church with bananas, be sure to consult this practical guide for impractical ideas. Unfazed by absurdity, Munroe consults the latest research on everything from swing-set physics to airliner catapult–design to answer his readers’ questions, clearly and concisely, with illuminating and occasionally terrifying illustrations. As he consistently demonstrates, you can learn a lot from examining how the world might work in very specific extreme circumstances.

Randall Munroe is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer, the science question-and-answer blog What If, and the popular webcomic xkcd. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the internet full-time. He lives in Massachusetts.

Event address: 
Power Center for the Performing Arts
121 Fletcher St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109