Mercatus Center Annual Dinner

Nov 15, 2017

The Mercatus Center Annual Dinner brings together an audience of distinguished scholars, senior congressional and agency staff, policy professionals, and Mercatus supporters for an evening of celebration and appreciation.

Andy Weir is a software engineer, turned New York Times bestselling science fiction novelist, turned source-author of the hit movie The Martian. An entrepreneurial success story, The Martian started as a series of self-published blog posts until Weir decided to publish it on Amazon for the lowest possible price ($.99). In a few short months, the book exploded in popularity to the top of Amazon's best-selling science fiction list. Soon after, he got a call from Hollywood for movie rights.

The film adaptation The Martian grossed over $630 million worldwide and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Weir has already sold the movie rights to his novel Artemis, coming out this fall. Weir will be interviewed by Mercatus Center General Director Tyler Cowen for what is sure to be an interesting and engaging conversation.

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6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dinner and Remarks
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Dessert Reception to Follow