Announcing: the tour for "How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems," Randall "XKCD" Munroe's next book

[Randall Munroe traces the phenomenal success of his webcomic XKCD with this Boing Boing post; and I've avidly followed his career ever since (he's returned the favor), so I was delighted to learn in February that he had a new book coming out and I'm more delighted still to host the official announcement of his tour, which you can book extra dates for (see below) -Cory]

Here's what Randall's publisher says about "How To": "A major work, chock full of deeply researched, entertaining, and often alarming scientific thought experiments, explained through Munroe’s clever infographics, amusing illustrations, and whimsical touches. HOW TO is the world’s most entertaining and useless self-help guide, full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole to predicting the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos."

Randall and I have presented together and I can assure you that it's always worth your time to see him in person.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3: CAMBRIDGE, MA
7:00 PM | HARVARD SCIENCE CENTER presented by HARVARD BOOKSTORE
Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
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WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 4: WASHINGTON, DC
7:00 PM | SIDWELL FRIENDS SCHOOL presented by POLITICS & PROSE
Meeting House, 3825 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20016
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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5: NEW YORK, NY
7:00 PM | COOPER UNION presented by STRAND BOOK STORE
E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6: ANN ARBOR, MI
7:00 PM | RACKHAM AUDITORIUM presented by LITERATI BOOKSTORE
915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8: PORTLAND, OR
7:30 PM | POWELL’S CITY OF BOOKS
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Pre-order with Powell's

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9: SEATTLE, WA
7:00 PM | THIRD PLACE BOOKS
17171 Bothell Way NE, #A101, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
7:30 PM | FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF BERKELEY presented by KPFA and PEGASUS BOOKS
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
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WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11: SANTA CRUZ, CA
7:00 PM | SANTA CRUZ BIBLE CHURCH presented by BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ
440 Frederick St, Santa Cruz, 95062
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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 12: LOS ANGELES, LA
8:00 PM | 244 S. San Pedro Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012
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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14: SALT LAKE CITY, UT
7:00 PM | LIBBY GARDNER HALL @ UNIVERSITY OF UTAH presented by WELLER BOOK WORKS & UTAH TRIANGLE FRATERNITY
1375 Presidents’ Cir, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16: KANSAS CITY, MO
7:00 PM | UNITY TEMPLE ON THE PLAZA presented by RAINY DAY BOOKS
707 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO 64112
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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17: CINCINNATI, OH
7:00 PM | JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS
2692 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208
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WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18: LOUISVILLE, KY
7:00 PM | LOUISVILLE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY presented by CARMICHAEL’S BOOKSTORE
301 York Street, Louisville, KY 40203
To RSVP and for more information, click here: http://www.lfpl.org/upcomingevents.htm#munroe">Tickets and information

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19: RALEIGH, NC
7:00 PM | HUNT LIBRARY @ NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY presented by QUAILRIDGE BOOKS
1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, NC 27606
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Announcing: HOW TO Bring Randall To Your Town
A challenge for booksellers, consumers and fans of all kinds

WHAT: #1 New York Times bestselling author and xkcd creator, Randall Munroe, is hitting the road this fall for his new book, How To. Want to bring Randall to your town? Here’s your chance.

HOW: Tell the best story using nothing but book covers.

Arrange the titles of your favorite books into sentences that tell a story, then take a photo or video. You can get creative with grammar, but each book must be held up by a different human. You’ll get extra credit for including as many books and people as possible.

Once your photo or video entry is ready, share it with Team Riverhead in any of these three ways:

• POSTING on social media using the hashtag #howtoxkcd
• EMAIL us at howtoxkcd@gmail.com
• Make sure to include your location so we know where to find you and send Randall! (City/State, US Only)

WHEN: Submit your entry between June 10 and July 31. The winner will be announced in August.

HELP! Photos submitted may appear on xkcd.com. Questions? Email us at howtoxkcd@gmail.com with QUESTION in the subject line.