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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.


This Week's New Yorker cover by Bob Staake


Bob Staake is the cover artist for the May 10th issue of The New Yorker



THE GARDNER HEIST #1 on the Boston Globe bestseller list

Ulrich Boser's The Gardner Heist is the #1 paperback nonfiction bestseller on the Boston Globe list.



Amelia Thomas on Vancouver Island's whales

"Canada: Whales and Vancover Island"

Amelia Thomas goes in search of marine mammals on Canada's Vancouver Island. From CNN Traveller.



Virginia Morell in Science Magazine

"Elephants Have an Alarm Call for Bees"

Virgina Morell discusses the distinct sound elephants use to warn one another when in the presence of bees.



Ulrich Boser in Washington Life Magazine

"Paint the Town: An Art Theft Mystery"

Author of The Gardner Heist, Ulrich Boser discusses the 1990 thefts from the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum



A WORLD WITHOUT ICE recipient of a Living Now Book Award

Henry Pollack's A WORLD WITHOUT ICE received a silver medal in the category of Green Living in the 2010 Living Now Book Awards.



FORKING FANTASTIC! recipient of a Living Now Book Award

Tamara Reynolds and Zora O'Neill's Forking Fantastic! received a bronze medal in the category of Cooking/Ethni/Holidy from the 2010 Living Now Book Awards.



Michael Casey's FIXED sold to Crown

Michael Casey's next book, FIXED: China, U.S. and The Pitfalls of a Mispriced World pre-empted by John Mahaney at Crown Books. A narrative look at the human consequences of global finance, FIXED features stories from around the globe that illuminate the far-reaching effects of the devalued Chinese yuan and highlight the need for concerted, internationalist financial policy.


Jeremy Gutsche's EXPLOITING CHAOS wins Axiom Business Book Award

Axiom Business Book Awards has named Jeremy Gutsche's EXPLOITING CHAOS: 150 Ways to Spark Innovation in Times of Change the gold medal in the category of Success and Motivation.



Philip Zimbardo and collaborators launch Heroic Imagination website

Philip Zimbardo and his collaborators at the Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) have launched a new website.

"The Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) inspires ordinary people to trigger extraordinary social change. HIP is based on the insight that all people have the capacity to act heroically, and that it's possible to prepare anyone to be a hero when called upon."



Bob Staake on Illustration Island Podcast

Episode 22 of the Escape From Illustration Island Podcast features an audio interview with Bob Staake.  Together we discuss his years of experience creating artwork for everything from the New Yorker to Mad Magazine.  We also talk about the challenges involved in making a dramatic shift in style and the concept of submitting your work to Illustration annuals.



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