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9/13/16- New York, NY

Join Maria for an evening talk hosted by Science Writers of New York. 6pm, Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Ave. Tickets available here.

8/13/16- New York, NY

Maria is in conversation with the wonderful Ed Yong, to celebrate the release of his new book, I CONTAIN MULTITUDES. Part of the Festival of the Unknown at Idea Distillery. 4pm, 195 E. 3rd St. Buy tickets here.

6/4/16- New York, NY

Maria joins award-winning writers Mary Roach and Jennifer Ackerman for an evening of science and storytelling, moderated by John Hockenberry. This event is part of the World Science Festival. 8pm, NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium. Buy tickets here.

5/15/16- New York, NY

Maria will be speaking about the psychology of the con at the annual meeting of the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism. 10:10am, 227 W.27th St.

5/6/16- New York, NY

Join Maria at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts during 99U’s annual conference, for a master class on the psychology of creativity. 5pm, Hauser Patron Lounge, Alice Tully Hall. NOTE: this event is currently sold out.

5/1/16- Skokie, IL

Maria will be speaking about “The Confidence Game” at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago. 10:30am. Free and open to public.

4/19/16- New York, NY

Maria will be speaking about “The Confidence Game” at the New York Public Library’s mid-Manhattan branch. 6:30pm. Free and open to the public. 455 Fifth Avenue.

4/7/16- Boston, MA

Join Maria for a book night as part of the MIT Knight Science Journalism seminar series. 4:30pm. Limited availability; please see website for seating.

4/6/16- Victoria, TX

Maria will be speaking about MASTERMIND and Holmesian thinking as part of the Victoria College Lyceum Lecture Series. 7pm, open to the public.

4/1/16- Brooklyn, NY

To celebrate April Fool’s Maria will be talking about lying, liars, and the lies they tell at the Brooklyn Historical Society. 6:30, in the Great Hall. 128 Pierrepont Street. Free!


Maria appears on The Charlie Rose show

Maria joined Charlie Rose to talk about her latest book, The Confidence Game.

THE CONFIDENCE GAME is a New York Times Bestseller

The Confidence Game hits the New York Times bestseller list! Lots of rejoicing takes place.

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