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Mother, Daughter, Collaborators (Plus the Book That Changed the World of Food): The Lappés

Extraordinary mothers, extraordinary daughters: together, they can change the world. Frances and Anna Lappé prove that, when it comes to visionary thought and action, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Frances “changed how we eat”…
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The Last Wild Horses: Maja Lunde on Her “Climate Quartet”

Horses hold a special mystique: poetry in motion, wildness and discipline in equal measure, an untamed spirit tempered by sculptural beauty and lightning-bolt speed. What if the most beautiful of the world's horses were to go extinct? Maja Lunde,…
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The Fierce Voice of Nature: Three Astonishing New Novels from Around the World

From Japan, Norway and Spain come authors whose conjurings of flora and fauna, mountain and sea, shimmer on the page so powerfully that nature is the most powerful character of all--for good or ill. Catalan novelist Irene Solà’s debut, When…
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What It Means to Be Human: Memoirs Rooted in Nature

Three remarkable writers remind us how close we really are to nature, and how wildness speaks a universal language of love, loss, grief, and change. The essays in Suzanne Roberts’ Animal Bodies interrogate how landscapes, ranging from the…
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SOLD OUT: Wander the Coast with Obi Kaufmann

Invigorate your Festival weekend and gain a new vantage on familiar landscapes when you hit the trails with beloved naturalist and poet-painter Obi Kaufmann. During this intimate walking tour through the coastal East Bay hike near Berkeley (meeting…
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Birds in Your Backyard

Everyone, from the avian novice to the most avid birder, will learn something new from this delightful conversation about the beauty and magic teeming in our own backyards. In The Private Lives of Public Birds, Jack Gedney, author and co-owner…
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(Big) Cats and Dogs

We might not answer the age-old debate of cats vs dogs in this session—but why would we want to, when both are so incredible? With naturalist and educator Tyus D. Williams, we’ll find out what some magnificent big cats—from mountain lions…
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The High Sierra: A Love Story (A Journey with Kim Stanley Robinson)

One of our “greatest living science fiction writers” (The New Yorker ) will show you a view that even his prodigious imagination couldn’t have dreamed up. Kim Stanely Robinson is an environmentalist and bestselling author whose latest…
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Total SF Book Club Live: Urban Hiking in San Francisco with Alexandra Kenin

Ever wonder where to find the secret wild places—a hiker's rugged dream—in the big bad city? Alexandra Kenin (Urban Trails: San Francisco) has done the legwork, meticulously tracking all 70 miles of hiking trails and 220 parks (some famous,…
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Not All Is Lost: New Visions for Conservation

With a never-ending escalation of climate catastrophes and dire forecasts, is it foolish to believe the world can still be saved? These three authors say there’s still hope to turn things around, and they’re going to tell us why—and how.…