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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.


Saleem Ali named "Eco Diplomat"

The Observer has included Saleem Ali on their list of "Green Giants," a list of 20 leading figures on environmental issues, as an "Eco Diplomat." The article says of Ali:

"The pervading fear is that global disputes over water and land-based resources are likely to escalate into conflict. But professor of environmental studies at the University of Vermont and experienced mediator Saleem H Ali thinks natural resources have the capacity to unite, not just divide. A fan of peace parks (border regions used to resolve disputes by giving conflicting countries incentives to maintain them), he considers consumption of material goods to be a good thing. "Money from oil wealth can be used to invest in other sectors. And that in turn can yield sustainable development," he told Forbes magazine. He does, however, agree that Nigeria is the exception to this idea. Good – we'd hate him to be in conflict with Nnimmo Bassey."



Dr. Stephen Kellert's ENDLESS SPRING sold to Yale

Professor Emeritus at Yale School of Forestry 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, has been sold to  to Jean Black at Yale University Press.



Bob Staake's New Yorker cover selected as one of the best of 2010

Advertising Age selected Bob Staake's New Yorker cover in response to the Gulf oil spill as one of the best ten covers of 2010




Robert Finn's THE AFGHANISTAN CONNECTION sold to Yale University Press

December 6, 2010

First US Ambassador to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, Robert Finn's THE AFGHANISTAN CONNECTION, weaving rich history and personal narrative about the whole of Central Asia to illuminate one of the world's most complicated countries, to William Frucht at Yale University Press. (North American)



Peter Trachtenberg's ANOTHER INSANE DEVOTION sold to Da Capo

December 1, 2010

Guggenheim fellow and author of The Book of Calamities Peter Trachtenberg's ANOTHER INSANE DEVOTION, a multi-layered exploration of the meaning of love, commitment, privacy and intimacy, told with the author's marriage and cat ownership as its anchor, to Renee Sedliar of Da Capo (world).



Saleem Ali on NPR

Saleem Ali, author of TREASURES OF THE EARTH, discusses elemental tracking and the potential to make non-renewable materials infinitely reusable on NPR.



Philip Zimbardo inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy has inducted Philip Zimbardo into its 230th Class of Scholars, Scientists, Artists, Civic, Corporate, and Philanthropic Leaders.



Stuart Hample (1926 - 2010)

Stuart Hample, writer—and sometimes illustrator—of over two dozen books including Dread and Superficiality: Woody Allen as Comic Strip, passed away on September 19, 2010. An obituary has been published in The New York Times.


Mara Hvistendhal on China's one-child policy

"Has China Outgrown the One-Child Policy?" by Mara Hvistendhal, author of the forthcoming Unnatural Selection: Technology, Choice and Gender, in Science.

A WORLD WITHOUT ICE on the shortlist for the Royal Society Prize

Dr. Henry Pollack's A WORLD WITHOUT ICE has made the shortlist for this year's Royal Society Prize for Science Books. The winner will be announced October 21.



THE LIAR IN YOUR LIFE in Details magazine

Details makes mention of Dr. Robert Feldman's The Liar in Your Life in their August 2010 article "Liar for Hire"



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