BANQUET SPEAKER — Sam Kean as a kid, spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers in South Dakota, and now he’s a writer in Washington, D.C. His stories have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, and Psychology Today, among other places, and his work has been featured on “Radiolab” and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” among other shows. His books The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb were national bestsellers, and both were named an Amazon “Top 5″ science books of the year. The Disappearing Spoon was nominated by the Royal Society for one of the top science books of 2010, while both The Violinist’s Thumb and The Dueling Neurosurgeons were nominated for PEN’s literary science writing award. He earned a master’s degree in library science that he “will probably never use”. Sean is a fast reader but a very slow eater. Come get your books signed after the banquet.

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Go Inspire! Nerd Nook, Carrie Leopold, may have some of his books for sale.