SCIENCE FRIDAY: A Celebration of Great Science Writing with Terry Tempest Williams and David Quammen

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Thursday August 16

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6:30 PM  –  8:30 PM

Public Radio's Science Friday comes to the American Writers Museum for a celebration of Great Science Writing with authors Terry Tempest Williams and David Quammen.

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of environmental literature classics Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and PlaceAn Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the FieldDesert QuartetLeapRed: Patience and Passion in the Desert; and The Open Space of Democracy. Her book Finding Beauty in a Broken World, was published in 2008 by Pantheon Books. She is a columnist for the magazine The Progressive. Her new book is The Story of My Heart by Richard Jeffries, as rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams (Torrey House Press), in which she and Brooke Williams expand upon the 1883 book by Richard Jeffries. 

David Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include The Song of the Dodo (1996), The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (2006), and Spillover (2014), a work on the science, history, and human impacts of emerging diseases (especially viral diseases), which was short-listed for eight national and international awards and won three. His shorter books Ebola (2014) and The Chimp and the River (2015) were drawn from Spillover, each with a new introduction. His forthcoming book (August 2018) is The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life, which explores the drastic revisions in understanding of life’s history on Earth forced by recent discoveries from genome sequencing, and the story of a scientist named Carl Woese. 

Authors will be interviewed by Annie Minoff, author and co-host of the podcast Undiscovered. Undiscovered is a new documentary-style podcast from Science Friday, about the left turns and lucky breaks that make science really happen. Hosted by Annie Minoff and Elah Feder, Undiscovered is currently in production for its second season. 

Science Friday is your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science. For 25 years they’ve introduced top scientists to public radio listeners, and reminded them how much fun it is to learn something new. But they’re more than just a radio show. They produce award-winning digital videos, original web articles, and educational resources for teachers and informal educators. 

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$25.00