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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.


David Abraham's THE WAR OVER THE PERIODIC TABLE to Joseph Calamia at Yale

Natural resource sector strategist David Abraham's THE WAR OVER THE PERIODIC TABLE: Minor Metals, Major Conflicts at the Dawn of the Rare Metal Age, using a multidisciplinary lens to explore the world of so-called "minor metals" - little known to the average person and yet used in nearly every military, green and household technology today - and examining the high-stakes geopolitical and environmental implications of our large and growing reliance on materials often found in finite, hard to extract quantities in remote regions of the world, to Joseph Calamia at Yale University Press, by Gillian MacKenzie at the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).


Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller's WOULD YOU BAPTIZE AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL? to Gary Jansen at Image Books

Vatican astronomers Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller's WOULD YOU BAPTIZE AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL?...and Other Crazy Questions, and Not-So-Crazy Answers, using the authors' personal experiences as scientists and Jesuits to explore those touch points where science and religion seem to conflict, including the possibility of baptizing extraterrestrials, the true nature of the Star of Bethlehem, what happened with the church and Galileo, reconciling the scientific account of the Big Bang and the Genesis account of creation, among other thorny issues that ultimately reflect something larger about our human impulse to know and discover the world, to Gary Jansen at Image Books, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world). 


John Pollack's ANALOGY: Persuasion, Creativity and the Art of Success to Megan Newman at Gotham

Author of The Pun Also Rises and former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, John Pollack’s ANALOGY: Persuasion, Creativity and the Art of Success, a journey through the history and employment of analogy, from its role in humans’ language development and survival up to modern times and its use as a powerful tool in business, marketing, politics and personal relationships, providing a toolkit for using analogies for better communication, persuasion and invention, to Megan Newman at Gotham, on exclusive submission, by Gillian MacKenzie at the Gillian MacKenzie Agency. (world)


Bob Staake's next three books to Diane Muldrow at Golden Books

New Yorker cover illustrator and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year author/illustrator, Bob Staake’s MY PET BOOK, following a boy’s search for his lost pet book, to Diane Muldrow at Golden Books/Random House, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Gillian MacKenzie at Gillian MacKenzie Agency. (world)


Jeremy Gutsche's HOW TO SPARK A REVOLUTION sold to Rick Horgan at Crown Archetype

Creator of the world’s largest trendspotting web site Jeremy Gutsche’s HOW TO SPARK A REVOLUTION, which uses his exclusive research into the products and lifestyles that become pacesetters to show how revolts against the old order happen, innovation takes hold, and outmoded systems and industry giants are toppled, to Rick Horgan for Crown Archetype, in a significant deal, at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie at the Gillian MacKenzie Agency.


Elmira Bayrasli's STEVE JOBS LIVES IN PAKISTAN to John Mahaney at PublicAffairs

Weekly columnist for and highly-respected voice in the world of entrepreneurship and global development, Elmira Bayrasli’s STEVE JOBS LIVES IN PAKISTAN: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs in the Developing World, a tour of the world’s leading high-growth entrepreneurs working successfully in challenging environments, offering investors, entrepreneurs, and global development practioners powerful insights into the future landscape of the rapidly changing and competitive industry of start-ups and innovation, in which Silicon Valley is no longer the center, to John Mahaney at Public Affairs, at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie at the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (NA).


Bob Staake's illustrations for I LOVE DOGS to Katie Bignell at Katherine Tegen Books

Cover illustrator for The New Yorker and award-winning children's book illustrator, Bob Staake, to illustrate Sue Stainton's I LOVE DOGS, to Katie Bignell at Katherine Tegen Books, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).


Val Wang's BEIJING BASTARD sold to Lucia Watson at Gotham

WGBH multimedia documentarian and former WBUR journalist/producer, Val Wang’s BEIJING BASTARD, a funny, poignant coming-of-age account of the author's time in the underground art world and above-ground destruction/rebuilding of Beijing -- the land from where her mother and father fled to America, and to where she has returned to escape their tiger-parenting scrutiny -- capturing both the author and the city at a time of great upheaval, identity-seeking and tension between the past and the future, to Lucia Watson at Gotham, at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie at the Gillian MacKenzie Agency. (World)

UNNATURAL SELECTION a Pulitzer Prize finalist!

Congratulations to Mara Hvistendahl, whose UNNATURAL SELECTION: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men is a Pulitzer Prize finalist!


Staake to illustrate Golden Book's ROBOTS, ROBOTS, EVERYWHERE!

NYT Best Illustrated Book of the Year award winner Bob Staake, to illustrate ROBOTS, ROBOTS, EVERYWHERE!, to Diane Muldrow at Little Golden Books, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).


Nina MacLaughlin's HAMMER HEAD to Matt Weiland at Norton

Former Boston Phoenix editor and freelance book critic Nina MacLaughlin's HAMMER HEAD: The Making of a Carpenter, an account of how she left a life of the computer screen for one with hammer and nails, capturing the pleasures and challenges of making things by hand, how carpentry affects one's view of the world, and what it's like to work as a woman in a trade that is 98% male, to Matt Weiland at Norton, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (World).


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