This Week: Bill Streever on Storytelling and Science

You might have caught him on NPR’s Weekend Edition,
explaining how fire walking is really a lot like tossing a hot potato and
likening the crunch of hot coals under his feet to popcorn. Or maybe you caught
the starred PW review of his recently released Heat: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places: “Streever is able to mix the pop
science, personal experiences, and historic asides into a fun and informative
commentary on a subject that few people think about despite its inherent life
and death

This week, you can meet author Bill Streever at a free event in Anchorage. A biologist and an
avid outdoors enthusiast who dives, hikes, bikes, sails, and cross country skis
whenever time allows, Streever is fast building an international reputation for
his alchemy with science and words. His new book picks up where his
bestseller Cold left off, taking readers from fever to fire to
thermonuclear weapons to the quark-gluon soups that form at seven trillion
In pursuit of new angles on the seemingly ordinary, Streever
goes where most of us can’t or won’t. Seasoned with engaging facts combed from
copious research, his experiences become threads in narratives so engaging that
they leave you wondering why you didn’t sign up for every science class in the
“I write creative nonfiction that leans toward science, and
I am a biologist, but I am not a science writer,” Streever explains. “I am a
story teller who finds material in the natural world and frames it in the
context of science. I use a process that involves firsthand experience,
interviews, reading, development of extensive searchable notes, invention of a
very important organic outline, writing punctuated by pathological revision,
reader feedback when I can get it, and a few other steps along the way.
On Wednesday,
January 23
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Writers is hosting Bill Streever for a reading and
craft talk on “Storytelling and Science.” The free event begins at 7 pm at the Great Harvest Bread Company at 570
East Benson Boulevard
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