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1/21/15- Boston, MA

Join Maria for a conversation about her new book, THE CONFIDENCE GAME, at the Harvard Bookstore. 7pm.

1/19/16- New York, NY

Maria joins writer and producer Brian Koppelman in conversation about THE CONFIDENCE GAME and con artists at the Strand Bookstore at 7pm. Before the event, check out Brian’s new show, BILLIONS, premiering on Showtime 1/17.

1/12/16- Brooklyn, NY

Help celebrate the release of Maria’s new book, THE CONFIDENCE GAME, with a reading and Q&A at Brooklyn’s BookCourt. 7pm. More details to come!

10/7/15- Boston, MA

Maria will be moderating a panel on sleep medicine,”Sleepless in Boston,” as part of the Discover Brigham program.  Joining her are panelists Charles Czeisler, Susan Redline, and Frank Scheer. 2-3pm. Register here.

9/29/15- Brooklyn, NY

Maria will be taking part in The Gist Live, the first live show from Slate’s acclaimed podcast. Join host Mike Pesca, Adam Davidson, Zoe Chase, and more – and watch Maria scramble to answer live “Is That BS?” questions from the audience. 8pm, The Bell House. VIP cocktails: 6:30pm. Purchase tickets here.

9/22/15- Richmond, VA

Maria will be speaking at the Jepson Leadership Forum, on how to make smarter choices, at 7pm. Free, registration required.

5/19/14- New York, NY

Maria will be moderating a discussion as part of the New York Academy of Science’s “Science & the City” series: What can robots and economics teach us about humanity? Join the conversation with behavioral economist Ernst Fehr and neuroscientist and AI researcher Rolf Pfeifer, at 7pm. Free, registration required.

3/29/14- New York, NY

Maria will be giving a TEDx talk on the theme of “Why Commit?” at TEDxColumbiaCollege. Her talk will take place during the morning session, between 10am and 12pm. All talks take place at Columbia’s Low Library.

3/27/14- Maplewood, NJ

Join Maria at [words] bookstore at 7:00pm, to talk about MASTERMIND and the Sherlockian brain.

3/22/14- New York, NY

Maria will be joining Scientific American columnist Steve Mirsky and Economics professor Michael Richter to talk con artists and game theory after the matinée performance of Carla Ching’s new play, “Fast Company.” Come watch the play, hear the panel, and learn about the nature of the grift. You can buy tickets here.


MASTERMIND is nominated for an Anthony Award

MASTERMIND has been nominated for an Anthony Award for best critical or non-fiction work. Winners will be announced at Bouchercon in November.

MASTERMIND is nominated for an Agatha Award

MASTERMIND has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction. Congratulations to all of the nominees! Winners will be announced in May.

Maria is one of the New Yorker’s most-read writers of 2013

Maria’s piece on Facebook and unhappiness made the list of The New Yorker‘s thirteen most-read posts of 2013.

MASTERMIND is named a best book of 2013 by Brain Pickings

MASTERMIND was named one of the thirteen best psychology and philosophy books of 2013 by Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings.

MASTERMIND is Goodreads Choice Awards Semi-finalist

MASTERMIND is a semi-finalist for the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards for Non-Fiction. Please take a moment to vote here!

MASTERMIND included on io9’s list of Science Books So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction

MASTERMIND is chosen for io9’s list of 23 science books that are so exciting they read like genre fiction.

MASTERMIND enters second week on New York Times Bestseller List

Last week, MASTERMIND debuted at #31 on the New York Times Bestseller List. This week, it stays put in its #31 slot.

Maria talks about MASTERMIND on NPR’s Dinner Party

Chattering Class: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes. Maria talks to the hosts of the Dinner Party about a few of Holmes’ signature tricks: mindfulness, an orderly “brain attic,” and a curious disposition. listen to full episode here or download Maria’s segment here

Maria talks about boredom on the Brian Lehrer show

Exciting news about boredom: Maria Konnikova talks about new, surprising findings about boredom. listen to the radio segment here

Maria talks about unfilmable novels on NPR’s Morning Edition

When unfilmable books make memorable movies: Elizabeth Blair interviews David Mitchell, Ang Lee, and Maria Konnikova. listen to the radio segment here