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Cardy Raper discusses memoir in Rutland

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m.—RUTLAND— On Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host Cardy Raper for a talk on her memoir, “Love, Sex, and Mushrooms: Adventures of a Woman in Science.”

When a young girl, Raper told her mother, “When I grow up I want to be a scientist and make grand discoveries!” Her mother responded, “You could become a nurse.” Science was a man’s world then. Her dream seemed attainable when she met her mentor, Professor John “Red” Raper at the University of Chicago who said, “Yes, you can be a scientist!” They became soul mates, fell in love, married, parented children, moved to Harvard, and did research together on the versatile sex life of fungi.

Red’s untimely death left Cardy alone in the competitive world of cutting-edge science. She carried on, obtained a doctoral degree, learned the techniques of molecular genetics, and established her own laboratory where she conducted pioneering research on the genetic and molecular determinants of sexual reproduction in a mushroom-bearing fungus with 20,000 different sexes. This fungus has served as a model organism for exploring the way in which sensing molecules, such as pheromones, function to communicate in more complex organisms.

This fully-illustrated book is intended for lay readers. The personal story woven into this memoir includes in-depth descriptions of associates—from lab techs to Nobel Laureates—who sustained the author’s passion for her academic life in science.

This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St., Rutland. For more information, call visit

Photo courtesy Phoenix Books Rutland

Cardy Raper

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