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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.


Julien Musolino's THE SOUL FALLACY to Steven Mitchell at Prometheus

Rutgers University professor and cognitive scientist Julien Musolino's THE SOUL FALLACY: How We Know Souls Don't Exist, and Why It Is a Good Thing, a journey through neuroscience, psychology, history, physics, and philosophy to explain why belief in the soul constitutes a scientific hypothesis for which there is no proof, and, using a respectful tone, showing that in shedding antiquated soul belief, one has nothing to fear, and much to gain, to Steven Mitchell at Prometheus, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency, on behalf of Joanna Swainson of Hardman & Swainson (North America).

Bob Staake's I'M A BULLDOZER to Diane Muldrow at Golden Books

New Yorker cover illustrator and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year author/illustrator Bob Staake to illustrate Dennis Shealy's I'M A BULLDOZER, to Diane Muldrow at Golden Books, by Gillian MacKenzie at Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).

Kara Platoni's REAL to Tisse Takagi at Basic

Science reporter and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism instructor Kara Platoni's REAL: Adventures on the Cutting Edge of the Science of Perception, a journey through the wide-ranging frontiers of sensory science, using a story-telling approach to explore how we perceive reality; exposing the extent to which perception is subjective, malleable, and even hackable; and exploring the ethical issues inherent in the terrain, to Tisse Takagi at Basic, at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (NA).

Bernie Krause's THE FUTURE OF SOUNDSCAPE ECOLOGY to Joseph Calamia at Yale University Press

Author of THE GREAT ANIMAL ORCHESTRA and TED speaker, Bernie Krause's THE FUTURE OF SOUNDSCAPE ECOLOGY: A New Lens into the World of Sound, which explores the human connection to our acoustic environment and looks at trends in citizen-science and academic enquiry, to Joseph Calamia at Yale University Press, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).

Bernie Krause on TED Talks

Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapesthe wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvaefor 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature's symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.

Watch Bernie Krause discuss "The Voice of the Natural World" on TED Talks here.

Peter Stein's LITTLE RED'S RIDING 'HOOD to Jeffrey Salane at Cartwheel

Author of Cars Galore!, Bugs Galore!, and the forthcoming Toys Galore!, Peter Stein's Little Red's Riding 'Hood, a retelling from the perspective of a little red scooter, to Jeffrey Salane at Cartwheel, at auction, by Adriann Ranta at Wolf Literary Services and Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).

Juana Medina's JUANA AND LUCAS to Mary Lee Donovan at Candlewick

Juana Medina's Juana and Lucas, exploring the adventures of a precocious and baldly truthful girl and her dog and sidekick, to Mary Lee Donovan at Candlewick, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2016, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).

Katherine Ozment's LOSING OUR RELIGION to Karen Rinaldi and Jake Zebede at Harper Wave

Contributing editor to Boston magazine, award-winning journalist, and former senior editor of National Geographic, Katherine Ozment’s Losing Our Religion: The Quest for Grace without God, the first book to examine our country’s growing population of secular humanists—and its effects on the fabric of families and society—to Karen Rinaldi and Jake Zebede at Harper Wave, at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).

Amy Odell's TALES FROM THE BACK ROW to Karyn Marcus at Simon & Schuster

Editor of BuzzFeed’s lifestyle section The Shift and former writer of New York magazine’s fashion blog The Cut, Amy Odell’s Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry, a series of wry and charming essays that pull back the curtain on all aspects of that world, with unique insider access, to Karyn Marcus at Simon and Schuster, on exclusive submission, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).

Karen J. Greenberg's UNTITLED work to Rachel Klayman at Crown

Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and author of The Least Worst Place Karen J. Greenberg's new book, a narrative account of how the power and legitimacy of the Department of Justice have been radically challenged in the wake of 9/11, with unexpected consequences, to Rachel Klayman at Crown, in a good deal, at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie at Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).

Michael Gates Gill's HOW STARBUCKS SAVED MY LIFE optioned to The Weinstein Company

Michael Gates Gill's HOW STARBUCKS SAVED MY LIFE, to The Weinstein Company, with Polly Johnsen and Christy Ezzell of Polymorphic Pictures to produce, by Shari Smiley of The Smiley Group, on behalf of Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency.


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