Ellen Ullman, a pioneering woman in the male-dominated field of computer programming during the ’70s and ’80s, made the tech world accessible for non-geeks with her 1997 cult classic memoir Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents and her 2003 novel, The Bug, a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award. Now she ditches all the talk of coding and software with her latest book, By Blood, which follows a professor who, after eavesdropping on a female patient at the psychologist’s 
office next door, becomes obsessed with her search to find out what happened to her biological mother in Nazi Germany. The writer and critic Maud Newton leads the conversation with Ullman at BookCourt.

Thu., March 1, 7 p.m., 2012