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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

 

 

MASTERFUL MARKS Book Signing

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
7:00PM

 

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
www.wstcwnlk.com

Oct. 14th:
"Streetwise Spirituality", KWRM (106.9FM, Seattle), 9:00PM EST
www.ctrhotspot.com

Nov. 20th:
"Marianne Live", 1:15PM EST
www.healthylife.net

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.

 

Forking Fantastic! in Rachel Ray Magazine

Rachel Ray Magazine pulls a tip from Forking Fantastic! in "9 Ways to Eat Better and Save Money"

Phil Zimbardo discusses heroism on Newsweek.com

Phil Zimbardo, founder of The Heroic Imagination Project, discusses the capacity for heroic action in ordinary people on Newsweek.com.

 

 

TREASURES OF THE EARTH recommended in Scientific American

Saleem Ali's Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future has been selected as a recommended read in the January 2010 issue of Scientific American.


THE GARDNER HEIST a pick from The New Yorker Books Department

Jeffery Toobin of The New Yorker mentions Ulrich Boser's The Gardner Heist in "What We Read This Year."

 

Yes, that's what I heard, too.

 

Timothy Taylor's BLUE LIGHT PROJECT sold to Soft Skull

Timothy Taylor’s BLUE LIGHT PROJECT, a literary thriller that uses a four-day hostage siege in the not-too-distant future, during which a city unravels and three disparate lives intersect, to explore if art still has the power to transcend, even in the sinister face of our interconnected world, to Denise Oswald at Soft Skull.

 

 

Authors of FORKING FANTASTIC! on Brian Lehrer

Authors of FORKING FANTASTIC!, Zora O’Neill and Tamara Reynolds appear on the “Brian Lehrer Show” every Thursday in December, 10AM

"Season's Eatings: Holiday Traditions" 12/17

“Season’s Eatings: The Gift of Food” 12/10

“Season’s Eating’s: Entertaining on a Budget” 12/3

“Dinner Party On!” 11/26

 

 

Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin’s TINDERBOX sold to Penguin Press

Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin’s TINDERBOX, a multidisciplinary investigation of HIV/AIDS, from its pathology—using new genetic findings to link its spread to missionary trade routes in 19th-century Africa—to an understanding of the cultural and scientific realities at odds with misguided political responses to the crisis, to Laura Stickney at Penguin Press.

 

 

CHE'S AFTERLIFE first on Michiko Kakutani’s Top 10 Books of 2009

Michael Casey’s Che’s Afterlife is the first of Michiko Kakutani’s Top 10 Books of 2009 in the New York Times Holiday Gift Guide.

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