Meet Deborah Blum, bestselling author of "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York" and hear about her newly-published book, "The Poison Squad."
Blum will sell and sign her books. This program is a Minnesota Legacy program sponsored by Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Bestselling author Deborah Blum is one of America's foremost science writers, and one of only a handful to find publishing success writing about the history of science. Blum's debut, "The Monkey Wars" (1994), grew out of a Pulitzer Prize winning series she wrote for the Sacramento Bee about the ethical implications of primate research.
Blum's follow-ups demonstrate her research range: "Sex on the Brain: The Biological Differences between Men and Woman" (1998), and "Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life after Death" (2007). Blum's popularity grew still further in 2010, with "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York." One review lauded "The Poisoner's Handbook" as "a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madam Curie."
Plum's newest book, "The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," tells the surprising — sometimes stomach-churning — story of the unsung heroes we have to thank for today's food industry safety protocols.
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Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7–8 p.m.