Mary Roach, “America’s funniest science writer”, at Town Hall: "Gulp"

Town Hall reports that about 80% of the available admissions for tonight have now been sold.  You might or might not be able to buy a ticket at the door. At the moment, you can still purchase an advance ticket at[masked] or at .  Even if the event should sell out, Town Hall typically releases any unclaimed advance tickets at 7:15pm.  Most often you can get in if you arrive at that time and purchase any unclaimed admission then.


Death, the afterlife, and now sex -- Mary Roach tackles the most pondered and least understood scientific conundrums that have baffled humans for centuries. (She's funny, too.)

In her latest book "Gulp", Roach ventures down the hatch on a one-of-a-kind tour of our insides. It turns out the alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions inspired by our insides are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in her bestseller "Stiff" and as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in "Packing for Mars".

In "Gulp", Roach introduces the scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks (or has the courage) to ask—Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis?—all with her unique approach, making "Gulp" as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

Presented by Town Hall and University Book Store as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.

Video:  Mary Roach on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Video:  Mary Roach TED Talk - "Ten Things You Didn't Know About Orgasm"

The 6pm starting time allows for an optional Happy Hour meetup for food, beverages, and conversation at the nearby 1st Hill Bar and Grill (over 21 only), 901 Madison St. (map). Happy Hour is in the lounge area at the back of the restaurant.

We will walk the three blocks from the restaurant to Town Hall at about 7pm.

The talk begins at 7:30pm.  Advance tickets are $5 at or 888/[masked] and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm (cash only at the door).  Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue.

Nearby bus routes are Metro #2, 12, and 13.


Street parking is free after 6pm and is usually available along 7th Avenue from James St. up to Town Hall.

There is a large pay lot immediately adjacent to Town Hall; enter the parking lot from Seventh Avenue, or Spring or Seneca streets.

The Washington State Convention Center Main Garage is located two blocks north of Town Hall on Eighth Avenue. This garage is available daytime ($8 all day) and evenings ($4 after 5 pm) with a special voucher you can get from Town Hall. Just ask a Town Hall staff member for a voucher while you are here attending an event, and you’ll receive the discount when you leave the garage. Please note: Vouchers are available for use only while attending events at Town Hall.

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  • Chester

    Just talked to the guy at the ticket booth. He said they have tickets to sell and anticipates opening between 6:45 - 7 (at the latest). I'm in line to buy tickets

    April 8, 2013

  • George L.

    See Richard's comment in the Discussion part of this web site. He advises to buy your ticket in advance; it might be sold out by this evening.

    April 8, 2013

  • Stephanie B

    Sorry for late cancellation, but I feel like death warmed over. Going to have to sit this one out.

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Blue/Wolverines are in NCAA final game 6pm Mon so I have to cancel. She sounded really interesting.

    April 7, 2013

  • Lee N.

    I love her. Looking forward to seeing her in person. Thank you so much.

    April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to it.

    March 21, 2013

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