Lab Lit Book Club

The Lab Lit Book Club

About the Book Club

UO’s Lab Lit Book Club is modeled after a monthly science book club at the Royal Institution in London.  We will discuss literary fiction, science communication, and the narrative challenge of pairing accurate science with a compelling story.  We aim to attract a diverse group. So please feel free to invite your friends and family members, if they are book lovers, as well as colleagues in other departments.

Current Readings

In the fall, we’ll read Dava Sobel’s The Glass Universea history that traces the contributions of female astronomers at Harvard Observatory, starting in the late 19th century. Winter term, we’ll read This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson, a work of historical fiction about Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle.

Meeting dates: TBA




Past Readings

The Lab Lit Book Club

Our summer term book is The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. The Last Days of Night is a work of historical fiction, set in the late 19th century, and it tracks a legal battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over patent No. 223, 898—a patent for a light bulb. Nikola Tesla is another major character, and even Alexander Graham Bell makes an appearance.

We’ll meet to discuss The Last Days of Night on Wednesday, August 8th at 7 pm in Room B042 of the Science Library. Everyone is welcome. Just read the book and come prepared to discuss it.

For more information, please contact Rachel Rodman or Phil Lotshaw.

 Past Readings

Spring 2018

Lab Lit Book Club

Join us at our next meeting on Wednesday May 9th, at 7 pm, in Room B042 of the Science Library, when we will discuss T. C. Boyle’s When the Killing’s Done.

When the Killing’s Done is the story of Alma Boyd Takesue, a conservation biologist with the National Park Service, who organizes an effort to remove invasive species from the Channel Islands of California. But her work is vigorously opposed by an activist group, For the Protection of Animals, which objects to the killing of animals under all circumstances.

Our meetings are open to everyone, and no RSVP is required. Just read the book and come prepared to discuss it.

For more information, contact Rachel Rodman or Phil Lotshaw. Happy reading, and we’ll see you May 9th!

Fall 2017

At our first meeting, Nov. 29 at 7 PM in LISB 217, we’ll discuss Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.

“In Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel, ‘Flight Behavior,’ a central character is an entomologist tracking the effects of global climate change on monarch butterflies…There’s a love story, of course, and a coming-of-age story…But the take-away of this novel is that nature is off kilter, spinning out of control, changing before our very eyes.” – NY Times 

For more information please contact Rachel Rodman or Phil Lotshaw.  Happy reading, and we’ll see you on Nov. 29th!