Nerd Novels: Fiction that Explores Ideas, Celebrates Facts, and Tells a Darn Good Story


What do art history, organic geochemistry, literary theory, astronomy, philosophy, and genetics all have in common? One answer is that they are a few of the many scholarly disciplines that have recently appeared in fiction. Presenter Jean Hegland and her colleague Susan M. Gaines have coined the term "Nerd Novel" to describe novels that incorporate a specific field of study or body of knowledge into their plots, conflicts, characters, and themes. Jean will describe this fascinating new trend in fiction and discuss some of the particular pleasures that Nerd Novels can offer to both experts and novices in the fields they explore. Expect to leave with lots of great suggestions for what to read next! 

The Glaser Center

547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401



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