Andy Weir

in conversation with Katherine Maxfield

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 4PM

VENUE: Carriage House Theatre


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About our moderator, Katherine Maxfield:

“Thank you, Katherine, for your expert conversational style!” -Armistead Maupin

“Katherine Maxfield was impressively well prepared and is a splendid, gifted conversationalist” - Michael Krasny

Maxfield’s conversations with writers have been favorably compared to Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, City Arts & Lectures, and Celebrity Forum. Her friendly yet probing style encourages writers to reveal their writing and thought processes, delves into the world of agents and publishers, and examines interesting angles of their most recent publication.

Maxfield has a BA (economics), an MBA (marketing) and an MFA (writing). She worked for Silicon Valley’s ComQuest, ROLM Corporation, Polycom, Apple, and 3Com. Her non-fiction book, Starting Up Silicon Valley, was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2014 and was a 2015 Eric Hoffer winner in the business category. Her award-winning short fiction and personal perspectives have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Ontario Review, and numerous other literary journals.

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Author Katherine Maxfield will chat with novelist Andy Weir about his work The Martian, and the book's meteoric rise to success: from a self-published ebook, to a New York Times best-seller, to a film adaptation directed by Ridley Scott starring Matt Damon.

Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be served.


Andy Weir’s brilliant debut novel is a riveting story of survival against all odds set in space: six days ago, wise-cracking astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on the surface of Mars. Now he may be the first person to die there.

After an epic dust storm forces his team to abort their mission, Watney is accidentally abandoned on the red planet, millions of miles from the nearest human being with no way to signal Earth for rescue. But he isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his MacGyver-esque ingenuity, mechanical engineering skills, and a dogged refusal to quit, Watney steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next.

All of the challenges Weir’s hero confronts—and the solutions he engineers—are both believable and science-based thanks to Weir’s extensive scientific and astronomical research.


Weir is a software engineer by trade, and a self-professed "space nerd" devoted to amateur study of relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.