Henry Petroski is the Aleksander S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering at Duke University and the author of many books, including, most recently, To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure. He will read and talk about his work. 4 pm.
Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults. He is a poet, playwright, and has published three memoirs. His most recent book, The Reenactments, chronicles his experience during the making of Being Flynn, a film based on his acclaimed 2004 memoir and starring Robert De Niro. 4 pm.