Best-Selling Author Sam Kean to Speak at Siouxland Libraries Downtown Library

New York Times best-selling author and Sioux Falls native Sam Kean will speak at the Downtown Library, 200 North Dakota Avenue, on Monday, July 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. He’ll talk about his latest book, The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb.

Scheduled for release this summer, the story focuses on the plot to stop the Nazi atomic bomb during World War II by a group of scientists and military commandos who were sent undercover into Europe. Their goal was to spy on, sabotage, and even assassinate members of the Nazi nuclear bomb program, the dreaded Uranium Club.

“It’s a big, rollicking tale, full of great characters,” according to publisher Little, Brown and Company. “There’s an ex-Major League baseball catcher turned clandestine assassin who spoke a dozen languages. There’s Joe Kennedy Jr., who died trying to out-macho his kid brother, future president John F. Kennedy. There’s a Dutch physicist who, while hunting down top German scientists, also needed to save his Jewish parents from the concentration camps. There are Nobel Prize winners like Albert Einstein and Marie Curie. And more.”

Kean is the author of Caesar’s Last Breath, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, The Disappearing Spoon, and The Violinist’s Thumb, all best-selling science books. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Psychology Today, Slate, Mental Floss, and other publications. He has been featured on NPR’s Radiolab, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air.

To guarantee your seat, registration is required at or call 367-8700. If you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation as a courtesy to those on the wait-list.

For more information, please call the Downtown Library (367-8700) or visit

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605‑367‑8745 (voice), 605-367-7039 (TTY), or at least 72 hours before the event.

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