In her forthcoming book “When Strangers Meet,” author Kio Stark explores the myriad ways encounters with strangers impact our lives.

Kio Stark is an avid student of talking to strangers ­­– why we do it, what we can learn from it, and how it enriches our lives. Her obsession has spawned a novel, Follow Me Down, a New York University course, and When Strangers Meet, her forthcoming nonfiction TED Book on “the transformative possibility of talking to people you don’t know.”

In her previous book Don’t Go Back to School, Stark –­­ a Yale dropout –­­ draws on her own life curricula (and the advice of notable self­educators) to create a practical roadmap for those who seek knowledge outside of academia.