Atheist author Richard Dawkins to host book signing at Pick-Staiger

Joseph Diebold, Campus Editor

Well-known atheist author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will speak at Northwestern on Oct. 3 as part of his fall book tour.

Dawkins will hold an event from 7-9 p.m. at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, his foundation announced on its website. Jerry Coyne, a professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago, will join him.

Dawkins’ tour is promoting his new memoir, “An Appetite for Wonder,” scheduled to be released Sept. 24.

A former professor of zoology at the University of California, Berkeley and at Oxford University, Dawkins was a chair at Oxford from 1995 to 2008. He achieved prominence in 1976 with his first book, “The Selfish Gene,” which explains his perspective on evolution for a popular audience. Dawkins is also an outspoken critic of creationism and religion.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 20. They will cost $5 for students and $10 for the general public.

Joseph Diebold