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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.


Mara Hvistendahl's UNNATURAL SELECTION triggers social debate

The New York Times columnist Ross Douthat fans the flames of the debate concerning 160 million "missing" women and globally misaligned sex ratios in his op ed article, springing from Mara Hvistendahl's recently published and critically-acclaimed book UNNATURAL SELECTION: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men. Hvistendahl's article "Where Have All the Girls Gone?" was recently published by Foreign Policy magazine and an excerpt of her book was featured in Psychology Today. Internationally, UNNATURAL SELECTION is the "Book of the Week" in NRC, a major Dutch newspaper, was reviewed in Der Spiegel, and will appear in forthcoming issues of Ir Giornale (Italy) and El Mundo (Spain).

Cat Warren's WHAT THE DOG KNOWS sold to Touchstone at auction

Professor of science journalism and cadaver dog handler Cat Warren's WHAT THE DOG KNOWS: The Fascinating World of Working Canines, part memoir, part narrative science, using her experiences training and searching for the dead with her German shepherd, Solo, as a launch pad to explore the broader world of working dogs, including dogs that sniff out bombs, cancer, endangered species, drugs, bed bugs and archeological artifacts; and the science behind their incredible noses, to Michelle Howry at Touchstone at auction, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (North American).


Bob Staake's LOOK! ANOTHER BOOK! sold to LBKids

New Yorker cover artist Bob Staake's LOOK! ANOTHER BOOK!, a follow-up to his Look! A Book!, employing the same playful die-cut, hide-and-seek format, again to Liza Baker at Little, Brown, for publication in Fall 2012, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).


Susane Colasanti's Next Two Books Sold to Viking

NYPL's Books for the Teen Age honoree and author of, most recently, SOMETHING LIKE FATE, Susane Colasanti's seventh and eighth YA novels to Kendra Levin at Viking Children's, in a two-book deal, by Kirsten Wolf of Wolf Literary Services and Gillian MacKenzie of Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).


Timberg Appointed Deputy National Security Editor

Congratulations to Craig Timberg on his appointment as deputy national security editor at The Washington Post, where he will help direct an ambitious, veteran group of reporters whose work stretches from the sanctums of the State Department to the battlefields of Afghanistan.


John Pollack's THE PUN ALSO RISES out now

April 14, 2011

The Pun Also Rises

Out today from Gotham, John Pollack's THE PUN ALSO RISES: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Word Play More than Some Antics. Read an excerpt here.



World Economic Forum Honors Saleem Ali

The World Economic Forum has named Saleem Ali a Young Global Leader for 2011 for his distinguished professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to contribute to shaping a better future for the world.


THE BLUE LIGHT PROJECT a Canadian Bestseller


Timothy Taylors much-anticipated THE BLUE LIGHT PROJECT, out now from Knopf Canada, debued at #3 on McLean's fiction list.


Rave reviews liken Taylor to DeLillo, and Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, declares it "A triumph of a novel." Barbara Carey says in her Toronto Star review, “It’s tempting to race through The Blue Light Project. It has the compelling narrative momentum and intricate plotting of a thriller. Resist the temptation, because this fourth book from Vancouver’s Timothy Taylor is as much a novel of ideas as it is a page-turner. It’s a crucible of topical issues. . . . By turns hopeful and alarming, The Blue Light Project thought-provoking take on what one character calls ‘our toxic times.’” 

The U.S. edition publishes April 12th, on Soft Skull.



Lydia Khalil weighs in on Egypt

Middle East policy expert Lydia Khalil discusses the pros and cons of the U.S. response to Egypt in the New York Times.

Jennifer Margulis recipient of Investigative Journalism Grant

The Fund for Investigative Journalism has awarded Jennifer Margulis, author of the forthcoming The Business of Baby (Scribner), a grant for her original research.



Stephen Kellert's ENDLESS SPRING sold to Yale University Press

Professor Emeritus at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and CEO of Bio-Logical Capital, Dr. Stephen Kellert's ENDLESS SPRING: The Ties that Bind Nature with Humanity, an empirically-based narrative about humans’ evolutionary need for nature, demonstrating the natural world's myriad values beyond its material riches and showing how it permeates and informs all aspects of human experience, to Jean E. Thomson Black at Yale
University Press, at auction. (World).

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