As many of you know, Richard Dawkins has written the first part of a two-part autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist, which will go on sale September 24. I have a prepublication copy, and if you have any interest in Richard or his science (a lot of it is about science), I recommend the book highly. This first volume goes up to the publication of The Selfish Gene in 1976, and volume 2, continuing up to the present, will be out in two years or so.
Richard will be appearing here in Chicago (Evanston, actually) on October 3 at the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 7 p.m. There are links with details here and here, and I’m not sure whether there’s an entrance fee (I doubt it). I’ll be interviewing Richard about the book—and other stuff—onstage for about 45 minutes, and then he’ll have Q&A with the audience. It should be great fun, and I’ll try to think up some good questions.