Book launch party for Before the Lights Go Out – April 19th in Minneapolis

Please join me April 19th, 6:30 pm, at the Bakken Museum to     celebrate the publication of Before the Lights Go Out, my new book about the future of energy in the United States.

I’ll be giving a talk about our energy past, present, and future. There will also be a book signing, snacks, and an opportunity to experience electricity first-hand with the help of the Bakken’s shocking Leyden jar.  If you’re not familiar with the Bakken, it’s a whole museum dedicated to the history and science of electricity. The perfect place to celebrate a book about the electric grid. 

The party is hosted by the Bakken Museum, the Minnesota chapter of the US Green Building Council and the AIA Minnesota Committee on the Environment. The evening is sponsored by the Weidt Group.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to 70.

More about my talk:

Putting the Fun Back in Infrastructure

Electricity just happens. Flip a switch, and the lights turn on. The system is reliable enough and invisible enough that it’s easy to spend your entire life not knowing how it works, even though you use it every day. But in an age of limited resources and environmental change, ignoring our electric infrastructure is a luxury we can no longer afford. The good news: Infrastructure is fascinating. Maggie Koerth-Baker explains how our flawed and surprisingly precarious electric system evolved, how it controls what we can and can’t do to solve our energy crisis today, and what we can learn about the future of energy by studying its past.