Author Research in Action

Registration required for this event. Registration closes May 20 at 5:30 pm.

How do authors know so much about the setting, professions, or situations in their books? Research! Mary Robinette Kowal describes what that research looked like for The Calculating Stars on her website. Now, you can observe this process in action as she asks KU Professor Allison Kirkpatrick all her questions about space and women in STEM. Professor Kirkpatrick is an observational astronomer with a focus on supermassive black holes and their effect on how galaxies evolve. Perhaps we’ll see the results in Kowal’s next novel!

In The Calculating Stars, the first in the Lady Astronaut series, Kowal imagines an alternate post-WWII history. A meteorite hits Washington DC, setting off a collaborative international race to colonize the moon. Elma York, despite being a mathematician and her WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) experience, will not be considered for the first space flight--because she is a woman.

On her website, Kowal says, “. . . the sexism is pretty much the same as it is now.” Register here to listen in, on Thursday, May 21, at 5:30 pm, as Kowal and Prof. Kirkpatrick unpack what it means to be a woman working in a field dominated by men.

This ​program will be hosted using the meeting software Zoom. A Johnson County Library staff member will contact registrants via the email you registered with the day before the meeting with instructions on how to access the Zoom meeting. You do not need to download any software or create an account.

May 21, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Online via Zoom

Additional Information

Phone: 913.826.4600


Cost: Free

Ages: Adults


$Free per couple in advance