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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.


Ulrich Boser's CODE OF TRUST: How Faith in Friends-and Society-Improves Health, Wealth and Happiness to Amazon

Journalist and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, Ulrich Boser's CODE OF TRUST: How Faith in Friends-and Society-Improves Health, Wealth and Happiness, a narrative and multidisciplinary exploration of the myriad ways trust underpins social order and our own personal well-being, why our sense of trust has grown increasingly fragile, and what we can do about it, to David Moldawer at Amazon Publishing, at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie at the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (World).


UNNATURAL SELECTION one of the best of 2011

Mara Hvistendahl's UNNATURAL SELECTION was chosen as one of the best books of 2011 by Slate and a "Must-Read" by Discover!


Michael McRae wins 2011 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism medal

For his article in Outside magazine, Michael McRae just won a bronze medal in the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation 2011 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism competition--congratulations!

Outside picked up five awards, including McRae's in the adventure travel category.

The article, "Rolling with Thunderbolt", describes the author's trek into a Mongolian no-man's-land known as the Dark Heavens. Watch out for the bandits, don't give the shaman too much vodka, and hold on for dear life.


Bob Staake and Peter Stein's TOYS GALORE! to Candlewick

NYT Best Illustrated Book of the Year award winner, illustrator Bob Staake and author Peter Stein's TOYS GALORE!, following on the success of Cars Galore! and Bugs Galore!, again to Liz Bicknell at Candlewick by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency and Kirsten Wolf of Wolf Literary Services (world).


Jennifer Margulis Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Congratulations to Jennifer Margulis, author of THE BUSINESS OF BABY, who has been appointed Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University!


President Obama reads Bob Staake's THE FIRST PUP!

Check out President Obama reading from Bob Staake's THE FIRST PUP for some school kids (and press) here!


Bob Staake's LOOK! A BOOK! is a Cybil 2011 nominee!

Bob Staake's crazy, die-cut seek-and-find LOOK! A BOOK! has been nominated for the 2011 Cybil award for fiction picture books!


Russell Crandall's "Diary of Public Service"

Associate Professor of Political Science Russell Crandall spent two years in the Pentagon and the White House, working first for the Department of Defense and then as President Barack Obama’s national security aide for the Andes. Now he’s back in the classroom at Davidson, armed with new insights about political science on the front lines. Here, excerpts from a journal he kept inside—and outside—the Beltway.


LOOK! A BOOK! is a NAPPA gold-medal winner!

Bob Staake's LOOK! A BOOK! won the 2011 National Parenting Publications Award's gold medal, recognizing the best in children's products and parenting resources.


Zora O'Neill's THE CRIMSON SOFA sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Co-author of Forking Fantastic! and travel writer Zora O'Neill's THE CRIMSON SOFA: Journeys Into the Arabic-Speaking World which uses the author's twenty years of learning the thorny Arabic language and her travels in the Middle East and North Africa to shine a personal, illuminating and often humorous light on the diverse cultural and social landscape of the various Arabic-speaking countries, to Amanda Cook at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in a preempt, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (World English).


Ulrich Boser's THE GARDNER HEIST back on the bestseller list

With the capture of Whitey Bulger, Boser's THE GARDNER HEIST is as timely as ever, reappearing on the Boston Globe's bestseller list.


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