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Upcoming events

Virginia Morell to Speak at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco

Today, there are many scientists who recognize that humans are not unique in their ability to use tools, communicate or even to think and feel emotions. In her latest book, Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures Virginia Morell reveals an astounding capacity for ideas and feelings among wild and domestic species. She documents surprising examples of self-reflection and distinctive personality.

Virginia Morell covers evolutionary biology, conservation, and animal behavior for Science and is a regular contributor to National Geographic. Her writing has also appeared in Slate, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and elsewhere. Her books include Ancestral Passions, a dramatic biography of the famed Leakey family, and Blue Nile, about her journey down the Blue Nile, from Ethiopia to Sudan.

Virginia will be in conversation with Roy Eisenhardt who teaches at Berkeley Law and previously served as the Executive Director for the California Academy of Sciences.

Date: Wednesday, March 18th
Time: 7:30
Location: The historic Nourse Theatre at 275 Hayes Street in San Francisco
(Tickets here)


Virginia Morell to Speak at Santa Barbara Museum of Art

In conjunction with the exhibition Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures, noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domestic animals. Morell is also the author of Ancestral Passions, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Blue Nile, and co-author, with Richard Leakey, of Wildlife Wars. She is also a prolific contributor to National Geographic, Science, and Smithsonian magazines and other publications. A book signing follows the lecture.


Date: Thursday, November 20,

Time: 5:30 to 7 PM

Location: Mary Craig Auditorium, Santa Barbara Museum of Art




Join Monte Beauchamp, author of Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World (Simon & Schuster), at the Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago for a book signing event.

Date: Friday, September 19

Time: 5-9 P.M.

Location: Ann Nathan Gallery, 212 West Superior St., Chicago, IL 60654

The Inner World of Animals with Virginia Morell

Explore the latest scientific breakthroughs in animal intelligence and emotions at the Human Society of Chittenden County's annual fall education event, featuring speaker Virginia Morell: acclaimed science writer, journalist, and National Geographic Society lecturer! Virginia will present on the topic of her latest book: Animal Wise, The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures.

Date: Wednesday, November 20

Time: 6-9 P.M.

Location: Main Street Landing Film House & Lake Lobby, 60 Lake Street, Burlington

(Tickets here)

Virginia Morell to Lecture at University of Pittsburgh

Join Animal Friends for an exciting and informative program with Virginia Morell, author of Animal Wise, a noted science writer, and a prolific contributor to National Geographic, Science, and Smithsonian, among others.


Date: Thursday, October 17

Time: 7:30 P.M.

Location: University Club—The University of Pittsburgh, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

(Tickets here.)

Dr. Stephen Kellert on NPR

Listen to Dr. Stephen Kellert discuss Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World, now available from Yale University Press, described by Richard Louv as a "moving memoir and a finely tuned analysis, and a gift to future generations and to the individuals and organizations determined to usher in a 21st century human/nature reunion. Here is a topological map of the future."
Friday, Dec. 14th: NPR's "Living on Earth"
Saturday, Dec. 29th: NPR's "Talk of the Nation"


Austin Troy to Discuss How Energy Efficiency Impacts Urban Economies

Don't miss Austin Troy, author of The Very Hungry City, in conversation with actor and environmental icon Ed Begley Jr. and LivingHomes CEO Steve Glenn discussing energy efficiency at all levels, from individual green buildings to entire cities.

They will talk about these issues in the context of Austin’s newly published book, which looks at how cities consume energy and explores how cities can significantly reduce their “energy metabolism” in order to create a competitive advantage in attracting firms, investment and residents as energy gets more expensive in the future. 

Date:  Saturday, March 3rd  
Time:  3 to 5pm
Location: Steve Glenn’s LivingHome
2914 Highland Ave., Santa Monica
Price FREE to Yale Club Members and Yale School of Forestry alumni; $10 non-members
(Tickets here)


See James Hormel at NYC Barnes & Noble

Ambassador James Hormel will read from his new memoir Fit to Serve and explain why he believes social and policital engagement matter now more than ever.

January 10th
Barnes & Noble
2289 Broadway (at 82nd)
New York, New York


Catch Ellen Graf's upcoming radio interviews

Ellen Graf, author of THE NATURAL LAWS OF GOOD LUCK, will be interviewed on the following radio programs this fall:

Oct. 4th:
"Keeping Connected" on WSTC (1400) and WNLK (1350), 8:06PM EST

Oct. 14th:
"Streetwise Spirituality", KWRM (106.9FM, Seattle), 9:00PM EST

Nov. 20th:
"Marianne Live", 1:15PM EST

Ellen also has an article coming out in the Oct/Nov issue of Shambhala Sun, "Failure is the Name of a Song."


John Pollack on The Bob Edwards Show

The Bob Edwards Show: "John Pollack celebrates the silly side in his latest book, The Pun Also Rises. Pollack has been punning all his life, and in 1995, he won the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships. In the book, Pollack says that puns have been around since the dawn of written language, and that word play is an instrumental part of human history." Listen to the interview here.


Marci Shore's IT WAS MY CHOICE sold to Yale

Intellectual historian, associate professor at Yale University, and author of The Taste of Ashes, Marci Shore's IT WAS MY CHOICE: Reflections on the Ukrainian Revolution, based on lengthy interviews with activists and leaders of the revolt in Kiev and extensive reporting, explores the social character and consequences of making history, to Steve Wasserman at Yale University Press, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).


Dr. Jonathan Fader's LIFE AS A SPORT sold to Da Capo

Professor of family medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and team psychologist to the New York Mets Dr. Jonathan Fader's LIFE AS SPORT: How Sports Psychology Can Help You Win at Life, exploring the tried-and-true mental techniques that help our world's greatest athletes and performers, and detailing their real-life applications, whether in business, relationships, parenting, or achieving a specific goal, to Dan Ambrosio at Da Capo, at auction, for publication in Spring 2016, by Gillian MacKenzie at the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (NA).

Gary Sernovitz's THE GREEN AND THE BLACK sold to Tim Bartlett at St. Martin's

Energy-industry expert and novelist Gary Sernovitz's THE GREEN AND THE BLACK: America's Energy Revolution and What It Means for You and the World, providing the complete story of the unexpected American oil and gas boom that, in less than a decade, has upended the world's energy balance, and in the process affected everyday life, business, the environment, and the economy on a local, national, and global level, to Tim Bartlett at St. Martin's, at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (NA).

Patrick Robinson's THE LION OF SABRAY sold to Matthew Benjamin at Touchstone

Co-author of NYT's bestseller Lone Survivor, Patrick Robinson's THE LION OF SABRAY, the story of the Pashtun warrior who stood up to the Taliban and saved the life of US Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, a decision that would forever change the course of life for his Afghan family, his village, and himself, to Matthew Benjamin at Touchstone, at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (NA).

Juana Medina's ONE BIG SALAD sold to Tracy Gates at Viking Children's

Illustrator of SMICK Juana Medina's series of counting, alphabet, and color books, starting with ONE BIG SALAD, in which vegetables playfully come to life, to Tracy Gates at Viking Children's, on exclusive submission, in a three-book deal, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency. (world)

Henry Fountain's GREAT QUAKE sold to Roger Scholl at Crown

NYT science writer Henry Fountain's GREAT QUAKE, an account of the 1964 Alaskan earthquakethe second largest in recorded history in the Western Hemisphere, and out of which geologist George Plafker proved plate tectonic theorytold through interweaving narratives of the geologist studying the quake's wreckage, and the lives affected on the ground; providing readers with a deeply human picture of the earthquake and its aftermath; a portrait of rugged Alaska, only five years into its statehood; and an understanding of how the scientific discoveries following the quake impact us today, to Roger Scholl at Crown, on exclusive submission, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).


Ulrich Boser's LEARNING TO LEARN to Marisa Vigilante at Rodale

Journalist and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Ulrich Boser's LEARNING TO LEARN: Why Being Smart Isn't Important--and Why Learning Is, using the latest research by the author and others to explore how the skill of learning is more critical than innate intelligence to fostering the creativity and problem-solving needed in today's digital age, and how we can all become better learners, to Marisa Vigilante at Rodale, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (NA).

Bob Staake's THE BOOK OF GOLD to Lee Wade at Schwartz & Wade

Author/illustrator of Bluebird, Bob Staake's THE BOOK OF GOLD, which chronicles a boy's relentless search for the world's most magical book, to Lee Wade at Schwartz & Wade, for publication in Fall 2016, on exclusive submission, by Gillian MacKenzie at Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).

Josh Mitteldorf and Dorion Sagan's SLAYING THE BLACK QUEEN to Colin Dickerman at Flatiron

Astrophysicist-turned-theoretical biologist Josh Mitteldorf and ecological philosopher and theorist Dorion Sagan’s SLAYING THE BLACK QUEEN: The New Science of Aging and What We Can Do About It, which unlocks the evolutionary truth behind why we age-unto-death; demonstrates how Mitteldorf's ground-breaking theory heralds a revolution in evolutionary biology and medicine;  and applies it to the most current research in all fields (diet, exercise, mindfulness) to offer ways we can extend our lives and improve our health, to Colin Dickerman at Flatiron Books, at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (NA).

Joseph Burgo's THE NARCISSIST YOU KNOW to Michelle Howry at Touchstone

Atlantic Monthly writer and psychotherapist, Dr. Joseph Burgo's THE NARCISSIST YOU KNOW, described as doing for narcissism what Martha Stout's THE SOCIOPATH NEXT DOOR did for sociopathy, using narrative case studies from everyday people and celebrities to illuminate how as many as 1 in 20 people around us demonstrate a dangerously high sense of self-regard that wreaks havoc upon our lives, helping readers learn how to spot these harmful narcissists, defuse them, and coexist with them (without going crazy), to Michelle Howry at Touchstone, at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (NA).

Bill Schutt's EAT ME to Amy Gash at Algonquin

American Museum of Natural History zoologist and professor of biology Bill Schutt's EAT ME, pitched as a Mary Roach-style exploration of the prevalence and types of cannibalism, both in animal and human species, drawing on pop culture, literature, criminology, anthropology, and history to determine when and why the practice became so abhorrent to us, to Amy Gash at Algonquin, at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (NA).

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